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Riverside County Make: The BLYTHE MARKETFEST Special

Fast-paced four-week pop-up market business building and readiness training program to prepare start-ups and existing business owners to become successful vendors at the new BLYTHE MARKETFEST opening in November 2023. At the completion of the program eligible participants may apply for a Riverside grant of $2,500.


• City of Blythe and Palo Verde Valley Residents

• Required: must attend all sessions including AM PAC Financial Literacy to receive grant

• Required: meet with SBDC consultant once a week throughout training program

• Required: all of the other basic THRIVE grant requirements to receive grant.

• Required: all BLYTHE MARKETFEST Vendors must attend one Market Days readiness session on-site at Todd Park in October (Market Days on 10/7 and 10/14 at 8a) to participate in market launch 11/4/23.

Series Overview

Wednesday, August 9 Session One:

  • Building your profitable business – the who, what, why and how!
  • Business feasibility – can your idea make money?
  • Competitive market research
  • Name your business and build your brand
  • Business plans – because planning is important
  • Business formation and Structure
  • Permits, Licenses and Insurance
  • Funding your business and THRIVE Grant Opportunity

Wednesday, August 16 Session Two:

  • Managing the money – how, where and who cares!
  • AM PAC Financial Literacy (REQUIRED)
  • Business bank accounts
  • Accepting payments – Online and On-Site
  • Bookkeeping, sales tax and business taxes
  • Employees 1099 vs W2 vs Cash
  • Money management plans and THRIVE Grant Review

Wednesday, August 23 Session Three:

  • The Selling Part – The what, the how and the everywhere!
  • Sourcing, costing and pricing products
  • Packaging and cash wrap
  • Return policy and customer satisfaction
  • Market Booth Selection, Design and Display
  • Signage and Promotional Materials
  • Equipment, Supplies and Transportation
  • Market applications, regulations and requirements

Wednesday, August 30 Session Four:

  • Communicating with your customers – who, what, why , when, how and where!
  • Marketing, advertising and making your plan
  • Websites – you can do it!
  • Integrating online sales
  • Social media plans and calendars
  • Great photos make great sales
  • Go to market strategy – bringing it all together!
  • THRIVE Grant Review and Market Days


Aug 09 2023


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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