What is Emerge: The Emerge program was created to help new and future business owners do the careful planning required to minimize the risk of launching a new enterprise. Participants will receive hands on experiences as they learn core entrepreneurial skills which will help them take a business idea from the early stages to a business ready to launch. Participants will build a robust business plan and have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of potential investors and supporters. Throughout the program participants will meet with industry experts who will provide background, current trends and best practices for various aspects of business. Some of the areas featured in this program include: Legal Entities & Business Law,  Human Resources, Business Insurance, Marketing/Branding, Accounting, Taxes, Zoning, Ordinances, Commercial Real Estate, Sales Training and Manufacturing. 

Ideal Emerge participants are: 

-Individuals who want to open their own business and ensure that they are fully prepared to and have the resources necessary to launch a new business.

- Individuals who already own a business, and realize that there are areas of their business which they need additional education and resources. 

Time Commitment: The Emerge program is a six month program which meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Classes will begin January 10th and end on June 27th. Classes will be held at the College of Sequoias Visalia Campus. 

Tuition: Tuition for Emerge is $350.00 which includes all program materials, resource guide, 12 classes, access to a business mentor and industry experts.

During each Emerge class, participants will work with the instructors on a section of their business plan. Additionally each class will include an industry expert who will speak to the class and provide helpful tools and resources which can be incorporated into the business plan. 

*** If individuals would like to attend a single class session the cost is $50.00. 

To register for a single class please contact Nicola Wissler at 559-734-5876 or go to the Chamber events calendar.


Thank you to our Start-Up Sponsors:


EMERGE Class Schedule:

 January 10th: What is entrepreneurship? Business idea vs business opportunity, what is the Chamber?

January 24th: Business proof of concept, introduction to the business plan, economic overview of the area

February 7th: Product/service description, management summary  

                     *** Legal Entities & Business Law

February 21st: Company Summary

                     *** Human Resources, Small Business Insurance

March 7th: Market Research, Business Names

                     *** Marketing, Branding & Public Relations

March 21st: Financial literacy

                     *** Financial Literacy

April 11th: Financial deep dive

                     *** Taxes

April 25th: Strategy & implementation

                     *** Zoning, Ordinances, Permits and Commercial Real Estate

May 9th: Executive Summary, Introduction to Pitch Presentation

                     *** Sales Training

May 23rd: Elevator pitches, Mock panel presentations

June 13th: Filing Paperwork - County Clerk (DBA), EIN numbers

                     *** Manufacturing and Distribution

June 27th: Investor Panel and Networking Event