Visalia Chamber launches new Emerge entrepreneurship project


VISALIA – The Visalia Chamber is hoping to help entrepreneurs’ businesses Emerge from idea to industry.

On Thursday, Sept. 21 the Visalia Chamber of Commerce launched Emerge, their newest entrepreneurship program. The Emerge entrepreneurship program was created to give new and future business owners a hands on learning experience. Participants will learn core entrepreneurial skills as they go through the process of taking a business idea from the early stages to a business ready to launch.  “Entrepreneurship is vital to the success of a community. Entrepreneurs bring new ideas, generate tax revenue and provide jobs for the local community,” stated Gail Zurek, president/CEO of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce.

Building on the success of previous entrepreneurship programs, Emerge will help entrepreneurs to build a business plan and connect them with local business resources. The program will last six months and will include twelve evening classes held at the College of Sequoias Visalia campus. The Emerge program will consist of a cohort of up to 20 participants who will meet with two instructors and be provided a business mentor. Each of the 12 classes will focus on a different area of business including; business law, accounting, marketing, zoning and ordinances, human resources, insurance, taxes and sales training. During each class session industry experts will speak to the class and provide relevant real world experience and expertise that class members can incorporate into their new business ventures.

Ideally Emerge participants are in the process of, or planning to open a business in the near future, or have recently opened a business and want to better understand best practices and utilize available business resources.

To participate in the Emerge program, participants must complete an application, interview, attend orientation and be 18 years or older. Tuition for the Emerge program is $350. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 17, 2017.  People can attend individual classes for $50 if there is a particular area of business that they are interested in in learning about.

Applications and other materials can be found at or by calling the Visalia Chamber of Commerce at 559-734-5876

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