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Resources abound for the business-minded

By Rey Andres

The year 2010 proved to be a challenging one for a lot of people as they see little light at the end of the tunnel.While there are claims that the economy has improved somewhat, still figures do not measure up in the job sector.

Unemployment has diminished a bit according to reports, but the developments are not enough to assuage the fears of those who might have gotten tired of looking for those not existent job openings. At most, the figures do not warrant the reversal of their situations to their previous levels.  This has somewhat proved a disappointment to many immigrants whose perception of America as the “land flowing with milk and honey” and opportunities has diminished.

The present situation demands more from an individual in terms of creativity in order to survive. The Filipinos are never short of the “abilidad” to weather tough times as proven on many occasions.  Their innate resiliency has been proven to tide them difficult situations.  Couple this with their natural optimistic outlook about the future and their religious faith.  They are also willing to make necessary adjustments in their lifestyles if need be.

One of the adjustments include a re-invention of themselves to suit the situations and they are willing to do the sacrifices required of the moment.

America has never been short of solutions to problems.  There are many resources for those willing to go into business. Actually the key that will open up windows of opportunities are just around the corner.

In Orange County, for example, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce are “opening the doors of opportunities” for  entrepreneurs in the area and the environs for them to have a peek  in the future – of what lies ahead of them  in 2011.

The only Fil-Am chamber south of Los Angeles under the leadership of Atty. Chris Andal is in the thick of preparations for a Mega Mixer where they hope to bring like-minded people together on January 26 at the Embassy Suite Hotel in Garden Grove for a learning experience.

The initial salvo of the 17-year old chamber for the year will aim to provide the key that will open for the attendees the door of opportunities in building up their business through business lead-generation and connecting with their fellow business professionals.  The event is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Also, The City of Anaheim is pitching to develop business people or hone up their skills and is offering free counseling services through SCORE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Counseling services will be conducted until the end of June 2011.

The nonprofit group aims to provide professional guidance and information “to maximize the success of America’s existing and emerging small businesses.”

With more Anaheim residents turning to business ownership and owners of existing businesses looking for ways to improve their profitability, the City of Anaheim has deemed it fit to offer free one-on-one business counseling services to local residents and business owners.

SCORE counselors will meet with clients on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Anaheim City Hall, Planning Department, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  To schedule an appointment with a SCORE counselor, please call 714-550-7369.

SCORE counselors are retired business owners and senior executives who are experts in all aspects of operating a business.

Organizers say that both start-up and small business owners can benefit from the practical knowledge offered by the counselors and their on-going support and mentoring.

The City of Anaheim has also existing successful partnerships with the California Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC), the Federal Technology Center, and the Taxpayer Assistance programs of the California Employment Development Department and federal Internal Revenue Service to provide assistance to Anaheim businesses.

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