On April 12th, the CPUC sponsored a Small Business Expo in Irvine, Calif., to bring together small businesses with investor-owned utilities and other organizations to foster relationship building and potential contract opportunities. Kicking off the event were speeches by Priscilla Lopez, Director of California Small Business Development Centers, and CPUC Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval.
Approximately 500 matchmaking sessions were conducted by state agencies (CPUC, Department of General Services, CalTrans), local agencies (Orange County, Orange County Transportation Authority, Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority), and utilities.
The expo area featured 37 exhibitors including small business resource providers and federal, state, and local agencies such as the Small Business Administration, CalVet, Supplier Clearinghouse, UC Irvine, Port of Long Beach, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Employment Development Department, Women Business Enterprise National Council, City of Irvine, Business Entrepreneurship Center, and others.
In addition to matchmaking and the expo area, the event featured workshops on connecting small businesses with state and utility contracts, how small business can access financing, and small business suppliers go green.
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The CPUC marked Earth Day, April 22nd, by participating in the Los Altos Hills Annual Earth Day Celebration. The CPUC hosted an informational booth, joining approximately 20 other exhibitors representing environmental organizations, civic/service/school groups, and green businesses.
The CPUC presented information on the California Solar Initiative, power outage preparedness, and other topics.
Also in celebration of Earth Day, the CPUC on April 21st participated in the Foster City Earth Day Fair. Sponsored by the City of Foster City and its Environmental Sustainability Task Force, this third annual event focused on the theme of “Clean Air, Clean Transportation” and encouraged residents to walk, bicycle, take public transit, or carpool with families and friends to the day’s festivities.
The CPUC joined approximately 50 exhibitors representing solar companies, solar vendors, civic and service organizations, local green businesses and vendors, and the Foster City Chamber of Commerce. The CPUC provided information on the California Solar Initiative, rates, Smart Meters, and more.
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