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Biz@Home expo tickets available

Posted: January 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.



Admission wristbands are on sale and the lineup of educational seminars has been determined for the Biz@Home expo coming to the Hyatt Regency Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center on Feb. 18 and 19.

The expo, geared to addressing the needs of home-based businesses, features an exhibit of business opportunities, products and services, as well as educational seminars for home-based business owners.

Estimates for home-based businesses operating in the United States range from more than 25 million, according to the Small Business Administration, to 38 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a lower number of home-based businesses, but still, the number is substantial.

Home Based Business magazine estimates that nearly 70 percent of home-based businesses succeed for at least a three-year period, compared with 29 percent of outside-the-home business ventures.

Recently, many veterans leaving military service are trying home-based businesses, as well, said Gary Buterbaugh, owner of High Impact Event Resources and executive producer of the event.

In other cases, there are people who downscale their existing businesses from storefronts or office rental spaces, relocating the businesses into their homes, he said.

Seminar topics cover identifying and evaluating opportunities, business legal structures, introduction to new-school marketing options, home-office efficiency, support resources, employment and tax law, accounting, compliance issues, human resource benefits, risk management and social media tools.

The series of 12 noncommercial sessions is developed with the aid of the Small Business Development Center and the city of Santa Clarita Economic Development Division and the seminars are presented by experts in each field, said Gary Buterbaugh, owner of High Impact Event Resources.

There is second track of seminars for those interested in learning more about the business opportunities, products and services available to home-based entrepreneurs.

Buterbaugh, event producer, came up with the idea of developing the show and putting the event on.

"I became aware of the huge number of individuals turning to home-based businesses as an alternative to employment, as a supplement to underemployment or to supplement inadequate retirement funding," Buterbaugh said.

Also, in working with the local Small Business Development Center, it became obvious that home-based entrepreneurs are constantly in search of useful information, sound advice, expert assistance and moral support, Buterbaugh said.

"I appreciate the help I received from the SBDC and want to be sure they can continue to help others," he said.

Admission to the expo allows attendees access to all events, both exhibitors and the educational seminars. Admission wristbands can be purchased online for a 37-percent savings, Buterbaugh said.

Visit for details and online registration, or call (661)255-7063.



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