Turlock breakfast program to focus on promoting entrepreneurship

Bree Langemo
Bree Langemo

Entrepreneurship will be the theme of the Eggs, Issues & Economics breakfast being presented by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, the city and Opportunity Stanislaus next week.

Opportunity Stanislaus, formerly the Stanislaus Business Alliance, is paying to bring in two nationally known economic and downtown revitalization specialists who will speak on becoming informed and innovative, said Karin Moss, CEO and president of the Turlock chamber.

Joe Raso is president of Blane Canada Ltd., an economic development management and advisory firm. Under his leadership, the Iowa City Area Development Group was the first economic development organization in the nation to develop an entrepreneurial co-working space to support new-company formation and existing business innovation, according to his biography.

In May 2015, the Stanislaus Business Alliance launched a similar co-working space, MODSpace, to encourage collaboration among entrepreneurs and nurture “innovative technology” companies.

Also speaking at Wednesday’s breakfast will be Bree Langemo, president of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. ELI creates “entrepreneurial mindset” education programs and training services for academic institutions, corporations, and governmental and other organizations.

The breakfast program, at the Turlock Golf & Country Club, is in large part about empowering young people, Moss said.

“This is a national model being discussed, not just here,” she said. “So many of these kids come out of school with a great education but no entrepreneurial mindset. We’re all talking about ways to not only educate them here but create jobs and a future for them here.

“You’re always hearing there are not enough jobs here, not enough qualified people, but they need to be prepared to market themselves, be part of the community. Just because you’re out of school with a degree in one thing, don’t put yourself in a little box. It’s a big world and a long life.”

Wednesday’s program will include local economic updates by Mayor Gary Soiseth, Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa and Opportunity Stanislaus CEO David White.

“The Eggs, Issues & Economics breakfast is a great chance to talk about Turlock’s comprehensive economic development strategy, which involves strengthening our reserves, paying off toxic debt and reinvesting in our departments,” Soiseth said in an article in the Turlock Chamber of Commerce publication Business News.

Moss, who’s been on the job with the chamber for just a few months, said the business group is looking at what it has done in the past and exploring ways to “improve our footprint in the region.”

The chamber has had such breakfasts before, with a focus on local matters, she said, but the upcoming event is the first in the revamped Eggs & Issues gatherings that will look at regional and national trends and issues.

Deke Farrow: 209-578-2327

Eggs, Issues & Economics

When: 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Turlock Golf & Country Club, 10532 Golf Link Road

Tickets: $40 for chamber members, $50 for nonmembers. Must be ordered by Monday. Call 209-632-2221 or email karin@turlockchamber.com.