Visalia Chamber ‘how-to’ class helps industry emerge from ideas


VISALIA – Do you have an idea for a new business but don’t know where to start? Are you currently running a small business but don’t know how to take the next step? It sounds like you need someone to help your plans emerge and who better than the Visalia Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber is accepting applications for its Emerge entrepreneurship program through May 24, 2019. The program provides local entrepreneurs and business startups, with direction and support to walk through the complex steps required to start a successful business. Emerge was designed for two distinct participants. Individuals with a business idea wanting to start a brand-new business but don’t know where or how. Individuals who are currently running a small business who want their business to grow.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce’s Emerge program provides introductory business classes to new and future business owners. Through this six-month program, participants build a strong network, improve business skills through writing a business plan, meet and learn from business experts from nine different industries, and work with a business mentor throughout the program.

The program includes 12 evening classes held at the College of Sequoias Visalia campus from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Each of the classes focuses on a different aspect of business including; business law, accounting, marketing, permits, human resources, insurance, sales training and non-profit management. During each class session local industry experts will speak to the class and provide relevant real-world expertise that class members can incorporate into their new business ventures. Emerge participants work with instructors and business mentors to create a realistic business plan which provides guidance for the company as it grows.

Emerge participants must complete an application, attend an orientation and be 18 years or older. Tuition is $350 dollars and includes all of the class materials, business plan template, and resource guide. The deadline to submit applications is May 24, 2019.  Individuals interested in a single specific class may register for $50 each session.

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

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