Expo for small businesses on the docket for April

The Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans an expo later this month aimed at providing small-business owners with skills that could aid in their success.

Organizers say small-business owners will find ways to succeed in a difficult economy through workshops and networking opportunities during the three-hour expo, which begins at 5 p.m. April 24 at Merced College’s Business Resource Center, 630 W. 19th St.

The fifth annual expo is free and open to anyone.

Workshops will touch on areas such as social media, California labor laws and tax information.

Many businesses in Merced fall into the small-business range, organizers said in a news release. A small business is generally any firm with 500 or fewer employees and no more than $21.5 million in revenues, according to parameters set by the Small Business Administration. There are some other exceptions, depending on the type of business.

Exhibitors such as Wells Fargo and the Small Business Development Center will be available to discuss products and services, according to a news release.

Booth space is limited but still available to all local businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits. For more information, call the chamber at (209) 384-9537 or go to