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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Small businesses across the country have experienced the impact of the economy's turns first hand. Times have changed and small businesses can no longer rely solely on banks to start up their businesses.
"Small businesses were punished when the economy went down and it's difficult for them to start," Cal State Bakersfield Small Business Development Center director Kelly Bearden said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
To help and encourage local businesses, an "Access to Capital" financing conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to provide strategies for small businesses.
Tim Terrio, owner of Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness, said he understands the frustration and stress many people go through when starting up a business. But he said there's hope.
"We all started at ground zero and it's not an easy thing to do, but talking to others that have become successful helps," Terrio said.
The conference will be at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. Admission is $49 and includes lunch, keynote and general session speakers, and three breakout sessions. To register, visit access2capital-bakersfield.com.