The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer a free workshop for small businesses to provide information about SBA-backed guaranteed loan programs.
The workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Fresno SBA office, 801 R St., Suite 201, in downtown Fresno. Free parking is available on R Street.
While the workshop is free, reservations are requested because of limited seating. Details, reservations: William Hori, (559) 487-5791, or email email@example.com. Additional information on other SBA programs is available online at www.sba.gov.
Cargill's Fresno plant adds solar water heater
Cargill has commissioned the operation of a new solar thermal system at its Fresno meat-processing plant to heat water used for safety and sanitation throughout the plant.
The solar water-heating system was built by TEVA Energy LLC. TEVA and financier Skyline Innovations Inc. installed and own the system, relieving Cargill from having to make the capital investment to build it. Cargill buys solar energy from TEVA and Skyline at rates that are lower than what it pays for natural gas to heat water for its operations.
The Cargill plant processes more than 124,000 tons of beef each year.
Business center provides valuation help
The Small Business Development Center at the University of California at Merced will offer Fresno business owners free access to online valuation tools provided by BizBuySell.com.
The Internet marketplace donated $1 million in free valuations to Small Business Development Centers nationwide including the UC Merced office located in Fresno.
Business owners or entrepreneurs can work with the center to find the value of a business they are interested in buying or to determine what their business may be worth if they're selling. For more information, call (559) 241-7414 or stop by the business center at 550 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 100.