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Biz@Home to host expo for owners

Event: Expo to focus on helping home-based entrepreneurs meet their needs

Posted: August 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2011 1:57 a.m.

A new expo geared especially for home businesses is coming to town Feb. 18 and 19, according to High Impact Event Resources, a Santa Clarita-based event-organizing company.

The Biz@Home expo is focused exclusively on the needs of aspiring and existing home-based entrepreneurs, said Gary Buterbaugh, owner of High Impact Event Resources.

The event, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center, will host both home-based business exhibitors and seminars.

“I discovered that home-based entrepreneurs are hungry for any advice, assistance and moral support,” Buterbaugh said.

“To meet this need, I developed an expo with a strong, tightly focused educational component.”

Small businesses don’t have the resources larger companies have, which often have in-house advisers, he said.

Entrepreneurs want to know how to start a business, run it properly, avoid risky situations without losing their shirts, comply with employment and tax laws and more, Buterbaugh said.

“This event is really a way of giving the small-business owner the support resources they would not normally have, all at one location.”

Seminars and more
The Biz@Home event features three avenues for helping existing or aspiring home-based business owners.

There will be an exhibit with booths manned by companies offering business opportunities, products and services for home-based business owners giving attendees an opportunity to explore prospects for starting or building a business.

As an added bonus, expo visitors will have the option of attending a number of seminar sessions for attendees interested in learning more about running a home-based business.

A series of seminars crucial to starting and operating a business are being developed with the aid of the Small Business Development Center and the city of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development Department.

“We feel it’s really important to assist people with a home business, or who want to start one,” said Andre Wolper, economic-development associate with the city of Santa Clarita.

The first track of seminars will focus on meeting the educational and skill-oriented needs of entrepreneurs in an effort to help home-based business owners be successful.

A second series offers attendees a chance to learn more about business-related opportunities, products and services available to the home-based entrepreneur. The second track of seminars will be presented by existing home-based companies.

“There are also a lot schemes out there scamming people, and we want to help them avoid that,” Wolper said.

The three-pronged approach to the Biz@Home expo is designed to bring a number of services to one event for expo attendees — a one-stop, home-based business-learning experience, Buterbaugh said.

“One low admission price includes the exhibit area and all sessions in both seminar tracks.”

Need-based event
Designing the expo, Buterbaugh relied on his own personal experience as the owner of High Impact Event Resources.

With 20 years experience supporting and managing business events nationwide, and 10 plus years as a the owner of a marketing and trade-show event organizer, Buterbaugh identified the areas where he needed help along the way building his own business.

Biz@Home sponsors are The Signal, SCV Business Journal and the city of Santa Clarita. Supporters include the SBDC and the city of Santa Clarita Economic Development Department. The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is serving as a community partner.

“And the national company is serving as a business sponsor,” Buterbaugh said.

Biz@Home expo is also donating a portion of the proceeds to the SBDC out of appreciation for all the help they’ve given event organizer Buterbaugh with his own business over the years, he said.

“The SBDC is pleased to partner with the city of Santa Clarita and High Impact Events to help bring the Biz@Home expo to the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Steve Tannehill, director of the SBDC.

“There are many opportunities and unique challenges that home-based businesses face. We look forward to providing trainings and workshops at the expo to help provide home-based businesses with tools and resources to help them succeed and grow.”

More information can be found at when the event’s website debuts Sept. 1. Interested parties may contact Gary Butrerbaugh at (661) 255-7063 or


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