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1769 - Portolá expedition crosses Newhall Pass at Elsmere Canyon, camps at Chaguayanga village (Rye Canyon/Castaic Junction). [story]
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businessincubator_9thstreetNewhallThe City of Santa Clarita is home to companies, both large and small, that are revolutionizing the way business is done. From virtual reality advertising to handheld 3D mapping, Santa Clarita is an area known for innovation and will spend the next month celebrating it. The Santa Clarita Business Incubator will host Innovate Santa Clarita, a series of events in partnership with Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Development Center, and College of the Canyons, to highlight entrepreneurship and innovation.

Wednesday, October 12 will be an exciting evening as Engage SCV hosts Startup Pitch Day at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., this networking and educational event will prepare existing and startup entrepreneurs to deliver a superior elevator pitch. The event is a great way for entrepreneurs to prepare for the 2016 Startup Weekend SCV taking place in November. To sign up for Startup Pitch Day, visit http://www.meetup.com/engagescv/events/233646345/.

The following day, on Thursday, October 13, the Small Business Development Center will host a discussion with Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap LLC, at the Santa Clarita Business Incubator from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Twersky is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded multiple successful technology startups. He played a major role in turning 1-800-DENTIST into the largest and most successful dental practice marketing program in the nation. Twersky’s company, TimerCap, makes a patented ‘smart’ prescription cap which incorporates a built-in LCD timer that tells a patient how long it has been since the last dose of medicine was taken. The Business Incubator is located at 22704 9th Street. To sign up, visit http://tinyurl.com/LarryTwersky10-13-2016.

A tech startup networking event will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Newhall Refinery, located at 24258 Main Street. This event will give attendees the opportunity to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in Santa Clarita. To sign up, visit http://www.innovate.la/httpstwittercomsantaclarita/tech_startup_networking_event.

A two-part business modeling series will be held on Thursday, October 20 and 27 from 9:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Santa Clarita Business Incubator. This is the ideal workshop for business owners at all levels to learn how to build, design, and define a business model. Session one, on Thursday, October 20, will discuss taking a concept from a business idea to a business model. Session two, on Thursday, October 27, will discuss the building blocks for the business model and introduce the business model tool. To sign up for session one, visit http://tinyurl.com/BusinessModeling10-20-2016. To sign up for session two, visit http://tinyurl.com/BusinessModel10-27-2016.

Innovate Santa Clarita wraps up on November 4-6 with Startup Weekend SCV. Startup Weekend brings together software developers, designers and business-minded entrepreneurs to team up and build several new startups in just 54 hours. Startup Weekend SCV is part of a larger global event that creates a forum for creators and idealists to gain insight and relevant, real-time experience. Weekend activities include rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback, a keynote speaker and a Shark Tank-style judging session. To find out more about Startup Weekend SCV, visit Meetup.com/Engagescv/events/233903577.

During the month of October, the City will also share highlights of innovative things happening throughout the City on social media and the City’s YouTube channel. Residents are encouraged to share their innovative business stories on social media by using the hashtag #inSC2016.

Innovate Santa Clarita is part of Innovate Los Angeles, a countywide effort spearheaded by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation to promote the region as a leading global center for innovation and entrepreneurship.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Business Incubator and the listed events, please contact the Santa Clarita Business Incubator at (661) 290-2211.  To find out more about Innovate Los Angeles, visit Innovate.LA or LAedc.org/InLA.

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