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By Jeff Pack

Temecula Business Week kicks off April 15


Last updated 4/12/2019 at 6:48am

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Temecula Business Week offers business owners and entrepreneurs the chance to listen to and interact with successful local business owners and learn the secrets to their successes.

Whether the business someone owns exists only in their dreams or whether it's located on Main Street, Temecula's Economic Development Department's Temecula Business Week has something for everyone to learn, starting Monday, April 15, and ending Friday, April 19.

"Temecula loves our businesses," Christine Damko, Temecula's economic development manager, said. "We invest in our local business community – whether they are large or small – by providing resources and access to information all in an effort to help them grow. When local business grows, they hire more employees and those employees spend here, which is then reinvested back into the community."

Attendees will be able to attend customer service panels, network with local entrepreneurs and chamber members, put their business pitch to the test and more.

Last year the event was called "Temecula Startup Week," and Damko said this year they wanted to expand the appeal to any business.

"Business Week offers key educational components needed to run any type of businesses – whether new or established," Damko said. "Also, we are providing a meet and greet with the TVE2's existing incubator tenants, which is a great opportunity to network, learn and mingle with other entrepreneurs."

This year's core theme is customer service, and the week of events kicks off with two customer service panels Monday at the Temecula Civic Center conference center. The sessions are designed to provide attendees with information straight from the mouths of successful business owners in the community.

Included in the panel are Alifah Achmad, a consultant with the IE Small Business Development Center; Brian Connors, director of marketing for Southwest Healthcare System; Emily Falappino, general manager at Stryder Transportation; Jeff Littrell, director of events and catering at Wilson Creek Winery; John Kelliher, owner and founder of Grapeline Wine Tours, and Jim Toth, owner of Chick-fil-A Temecula.

The week will end with the Quick Pitch Competition Friday, April 15, at noon at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur's Exchange.

Riverside County District 3 Supervisor Chuck Washington will be the featured speaker, and participants will have the opportunity to deliver a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges. A question and answer session will follow.

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Workshops and seminars are a big part of Temecula Business Week.

The winner will receive $500 and will go on to compete at the regional Quick Pitch Competition where the grand prize winner wins $5,000.

The deadline to register for the competition is Friday, April 12, and interested parties can do so by emailing [email protected]

"We hope attendees walk away with an excitement about starting or re-investing in their business and also leave feeling like Temecula Business Week provided them with valuable tools that they will actually use," Damko said. "We want them walking out thinking 'I'm gonna do that.'"

To register for the event and to find detailed information on workshops, panels and meet-ups, visit

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]


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