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Are you looking to start a business in downtown Fresno? Do you currently own or wish to own real estate in the area? Join us in an educational series to learn the best practices and approaches to ensure your long-term success. At each event you’ll connect with leaders in the industry and learn about the latest market trends and available properties for sale/lease.


Schedule – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm        Mixer – 5:30 pm        Program – 6:00 pm


City Development Code and Your Business – Thursday, September 13th, 2018
@ Shepherd’s Inn, 935 Santa Fe Ave
All property uses and improvements require some form of review and approval from city planning and building & safety. Learn about the standards you must comply with and how to navigate the city processes to determine that a particular property is suited for your use. Know potential red flags or hang ups before you sign a lease or purchase a property for your business.

Is Your Business ADA Compliant? – Wednesday December 5th, 2018
@ Kikku Japanese Food, 2336 Tulare St
The City of Fresno offers a proactive program to help local businesses take steps toward accessibility compliance, even before opening their doors to the public. Learn about workshops, free CASp inspections, and  other forms of financial assistance available to ensure that small businesses meet ADA requirements without much difficulty or expense.

Developing a Business Plan – Wednesday March 6, 2019
@ The Downtown Club, 2120 Kern St
A business plan serves as an operating tool to help you manage your business and ensure its long-term success. Learn the basics of a business plan and how to develop one that best meets your vision and goals.  A clear and well-written business plan becomes a powerful communication tool when seeking investment or loans, hiring employees, or growing an existing business.

Leasing or Purchasing Commercial Properties – Wednesday June 5, 2019
@ Los Panchos Mexican Restaurant, 1000 Fulton St
When deciding between leasing and purchasing commercial real estate, there are several factors to consider before making the best decision for your business model. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of both options, how to identify listings within your property parameters, and how to negotiate lease or sale terms.

Financing Your Business – Wednesday September 11, 2019
@ Club One Casino, 1033 Van Ness Ave

Obtaining outside financing is often necessary to start or grow a business and cover day-to-day expenses. Learn the best funding options for your business, how to determine the right type of loan and lender, and how to be prepared ahead of time to submit an application.