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El Camino President to Lead Small Business Discussion and Resource Fair

May 21, 2024 Torrance, CA

El Camino College President Brenda Thames will lead a panel discussion as part of an informative evening that invites the community to learn about starting and growing a small business in the South Bay. Free and open to the public, “Community Connect: Starting and Growing Your Own Business” is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. June 4 in the college’s East Dining Room.

The event is first in a series of conversations led by President Thames that offers information and resources to the community. Each semester, Community Connect will facilitate informative discussions covering topics relevant to community interest and improving quality of life.

At the upcoming small business event, Thames will guide a dialogue with a panel of representatives from El Camino’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), California Office of the Small Business Advocate, Self Work by M.E., and CDC Small Business Finance who will discuss launching a small business. The “Starting and Growing Your Small Business” panel will explore opportunities to engage with industry experts while learning practical tips, strategies, and pitfalls to avoid while starting a new enterprise. Attendees can also find information about funding options and legal considerations. 

In addition, a fair featuring South Bay resources designed to help those interested in embarking on or enhancing their entrepreneurial journey will help connect participants with area organizations and the SBDC, along with offering valuable insights on marketing, funding, and networking.

El Camino Community College District encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event.

“Community Connect: Starting and Growing Your Own Business” is sponsored by El Camino’s Office of the President and Library & Learning Resources. Free parking is open in Lot C on Manhattan Beach Boulevard. 

Learn more about the Community Connect series online at or contact Linda Cooks for more information: