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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

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.

Event Details:
Accessibility is Good Business
People with disabilities want to come to your business, but can they? Come learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act and ways that you can be inclusive, accessible, and to protect your business. Accessibility Compliance is your only defense and this presentation will educate you about how to comply with the law.
Through this training you’ll learn:
• Why it pays to be proactive in ADA compliance
• The top-ten triggers for an ADA lawsuit
• Certified Access Specialist inspections benefits & legal protections

At this workshop you can also apply for a FREE Certified Access Specialist Inspection from the City of Fresno – a $1,500 value! The Accessible Fresno Small Business Initiative is a proactive program developed by the City of Fresno to encourage businesses to take steps toward construction related accessibility compliance.

Presenter Bios:
Shannon M. Mulhall, NIC, ACTCP, is the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the City of Fresno and a certified sign language interpreter. Mulhall approaches all aspects of accessibility with an encouraging education focus and an emphasis on the positive role everyone can play in providing equal opportunities to all members of the public. She is keenly interested in exploring ways to expand community outreach, website/technology accessibility, whole community preparedness, and effective communication. Mulhall actively serves the community in a variety of ways participating on the Health Net State Wide Public Policy Committee, Community of Practice for Person Centered Planning, State Center Community College District Disabled Students Services Advisory Council, and Fresno County Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Rachelle T. Golden handles labor and employment law and litigation. She defends employers before state, federal, and administrative agencies and provides counsel regarding all aspects of human resource issues and compliance to help clients avoid penalties and litigation. Rachelle also has extensive experience consulting with private and public entities in proactive ADA compliance, which includes creating policies and procedures that comply with Federal and State Laws. Rachelle has a successful track record defending clients against lawsuits relating to all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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.