Busy Business Week: The Gov., Bill Gates & New Incubator

This is a busy week for South Coast business events with a new incubator opening and the governor of California dropping by not to mention the head of Microsoft.

At 5 p.m. March 21, the Synergy Business & Technology Center, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 102, Santa Barbara, will be the site of “The Business of Incubating: Business Incubators, Business Accelerators and Co-Work Spaces … Your Workspace Matters,” sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast.

The new business incubator is expected to open later this spring to provide working space for start-up businesses and those firm who want to accelerate their success.

Presenters at the Wednesday forum include Klaus Schauser, CEO and president of Appfolio. Panelists include: Michael Crandell, CEO and founder of RightScale; Sam Teller, managing director of Launchpad LA; Steve Reich, board member and founding Angel investor in LeisureLink; Joey Brigglio, executive director of Ventura Ventures Technology Center; and Michael Holliday, founder of Synergy Business & Technology Center and principal architect of JM Holliday Associates.

On March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St., the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Santa Barbara will present four guest speakers and allow business owners to meet with experienced counselors to discuss their individual business needs.

SCORE is a nonprofit association that educates entrepreneurs and helps small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide. At the Thursday night event, the keynoter speaker is Patty DeDominic, a Montecito entrepreneur with many years of experience in human resource management, organizational development and building small businesses.

The SBA/SCORE seminar is open to any small business owner. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance, by e-mailing http://santabarbara.score.org/localworkshops or by calling (805) 563-0084. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Also Thursday night, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will speak on energy and environmental issues at the fifth annual ECO:nomics conference at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Goleta.

Wall Street Journal editors and writers will interview Gates before a crowd of about 300 corporate officials during the three-day conference, which will include actress Daryl Hannah, who also is an environmental activist and founder of Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Gates is scheduled to speak at 8:15 p.m. March 22 on “Thinking Big: Getting the World to Zero Carbon Emissions.” Hannah is scheduled to speak the same day at 5 p.m. on “What’s the Role of Celebrity Activists?”

Friday afternoon, Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to speak at the conference.

The fifth annual ECO:nomics confab, organizers said, is aimed at guiding corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, and government officials in assessing issues that affect the business world, innovations coming out of the clean-tech sector, the wake of the disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and in Japan, and the uncertainty of subsidies, funding, and regulation coming out of Washington, among other topics.

“How to Sell Effectively: Strategies to Bring More Cash into Your Business” is the top of a 7:30 a.m. March 28 breakfast presentation at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort & Hotel, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

The speaker at the breakfast meeting of Santa Barbara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is David Ny, who has more than 25 years of sales and marketing in the Silicon Valley. He has worked in startup companies and in highly organizations such as Xerox and Silicon Graphics. His clients have included Bank of America, Boeing, NASA Ames, Genentech and Industrial Light and Magic.

The cost for NAWBO members is $30 and $45 for non-members: $45.

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