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Bayfront Business Expo and Job Fair features stimulus opportunities for small businesses

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The National City Bayfront Business Expo and Job Fair offers an exciting marketing, networking and educational platform for small business to access stimulus resources. The event, scheduled for July 16 from noon to 5 p.m., will be held at Marina Gateway, National City's newest bayfront development, 740 Bay Marina Drive.

The Bayfront Expo includes exhibitor booths, a regional job fair, free food samplings throughout the facility sponsored by Buster's Beach House, live musical entertainment, cash bar and engaging panel presentations.

More than 400 participants are expected to attend.

"The Bayfront Business Expo serves as an excellent marketing venue for businesses to showcase their products and services," said Jacqueline Reynoso, president and CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce. "The Bayfront Expo is now an even more valuable resource for the community with the addition of the Stimulus Opportunities Program."

George Chamberlin, executive editor of The Daily Transcript, will MC the event. Businesses will learn firsthand insight from state and federal government buyers, and corporate representatives. County Treasurer Dan McAllister, County Supervisor Greg Cox, Mayor Ron Morrison, SBA District Director Ruben Garcia, and Knight & Carver Yacht Center are among the distinguished panelist participating in the program.

The Stimulus Opportunities for Small Business event will also include updates for small businesses on new Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs, and work force development roles under the economic stimulus plan.

"Knowledge about stimulus programs is another tool for small business owners as they take on the difficulties of operating in this economy," said Victor Castillo, Southwestern College Small Business Development Centers director. "For this reason, the chamber and the SBDITC (Small Business Development Center & Center for International Trade Development) are offering helpful business survival tips, consulting and presentations on sales, cost and financial strategies."

National City Chamber of Commerce and the Southwestern College Small Business Development Centers will co-host this event. The event is made possible through a partnership with the city of National City, Port of San Diego, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Small Business Development and International Trade Center, Sycuan Tribal Development Corp., MRW Group Inc., Best Western Marina Gateway and Buster's Beach House Restaurant.

Admission to the event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. To sign up, go to californiasbdc.org/2009Stimulus-NationalCity.

Booth exhibitors and business owners are encouraged to participate. For sponsorship opportunities, contact the National City Chamber of Commerce at 619-477-9339 or download the sponsor form at www.nationalcitychamber.org.

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