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Elk Grove Chamber to host Small Business Expo May 11

Elk Grove Chamber to host Small Business Expo May 11

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce presents the 2nd Annual Elk Grove Small Business Expo, Wednesday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wackford Complex in Elk Grove. The public is invited to join us to visit local vendors and enter for a chance to win one of many prizes. The event is free of charge.

The Small Business Expo is designed to provide a forum for local businesses to market their companies to local consumers and help them understand the current status of the economy. Valuable information will be provided to help them survive and thrive in this difficult economy, and to give them the opportunity to network with some valuable resources and potential clients.

The schedule includes eight breakout sessions throughout the day on relevant and important issues such as social media, effective networking, time management and values-based decision making by some of the area’s most knowledgeable and influential speakers.

CalVet to provide career, benefit workshops for veterans April 2

CalVet to provide career, benefit workshops for veterans April 2

ELK GROVE - About 30,000 veterans are expected to leave military service and return to California this year. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is committed to helping veterans transition from the battlefront to the home front.

CalVet will hold free workshops on Saturday, April 2 beginning at 10 a.m., designed to provide veterans with the necessary skills to assist in the transition from military duty to civilian life. The workshops will be held at 2216 Kausen Drive in Elk Grove, and will focus on job searching, resume building, interview skills and dressing for success. CalVet will also offer workshops to educate veterans about financial aid, scholarships and veteran benefits. The workshops are open to all veterans.

California is home to 2 million veterans, the largest veterans population in the United States, with this number expected to grow by 30,000 annually.

Protect your identity while doing those taxes

Protect your identity while doing those taxes

ELK GROVE - The dreaded April 15 deadline is just around the corner, and tax season is in full swing. While you’re filling out forms and gathering personal information, the Elk Grove Police Department recommends taking the following precautions to protect your identity:

· Use a shredder to destroy any documents you no longer need.

· Keep an eye on your mailbox, especially during tax season. Your mailbox can be a gold mine for identity thieves. Don’t leave your mail sitting in your mailbox. Retrieve it as close to its delivery as possible.

· When you’re out of town, have the post office hold your mail for you or have someone you trust pick it up every day.

· Don’t put outgoing mail in your personal mailbox.

Avoid late fees on your City of Elk Grove utility bill

Avoid late fees on your City of Elk Grove utility bill

ELK GROVE - If you pay your City of Elk Grove utility bill through online banking, you could be incurring late fees if your account number is not entered correctly.

Verify that your account number is entered exactly as it is shown on your bill, including the dash (e.g. 12345-67890). Also, confirm your payments are mailed directly to the correct address: City of Elk Grove Payment Processing, P.O. Box 45803, San Francisco, CA 94145-0803.

For more information, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/utilities/avoid-unnecessary-late-fees.asp.

Cosumnes Oaks HS students gain hands-on business experience

Cosumnes Oaks HS students gain hands-on business experience

ELK GROVE - Twenty students at Cosumnes Oaks High School have started their own business. They have formed a board of directors and are working on a marketing plan. In just three months, they will turn their idea into a product, which they will sell.

The students are participating in Junior Achievement of Sacramento’s Company Program, a 12-week after school program that teaches everything from budgeting to marketing.

 

On Tuesday, March 8, they will enter week 5 of the program. They will make the final touches on a business plan and begin working on their product.

The students are being mentored by Greg Logetota, a SAFE Credit Union employee and Junior Achievement volunteer. Logetota meets with the students on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Cosumnes Oaks High School, 8350 Lotz Parkway.

Nearly one in three teens drops out of school every year. The majority of time, it’s not about failing grades.

USDA to host economic growth public forum in Elk Grove March 3

USDA to host economic growth public forum in Elk Grove March 3

ELK GROVE - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston announced Wednesday, in partnership with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), a countywide public forum discussing economic development issues on Thursday, March 3 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Elk Grove City Hall Council Chambers located at 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

Similar forums will be held in each of the state's 58 counties and focus on activities and initiatives that resulted from USDA Rural Development's "Jobs, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities" report (available online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca).

"These forums will provide an opportunity for residents, business owners and community leaders across the state to share ideas on creating jobs and economic opportunities," Humiston said.

Elk Grove City Hall will be closed Feb. 21

Elk Grove City Hall will be closed Feb. 21

ELK GROVE - Elk Grove City Hall, located at 8401 Laguna Palms Way, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents' Day.

For urgent Public Works issues, call (916) 687-3005. For non-emergency police needs, you can reach the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5115.