February 5, 1999


Sempra Energy and USD Offer Free Competitive Skills Course For Small Businesses

Sempra Energy, the City of San Diego, the University of San Diego (USD) and Human Systems Consulting Inc. have joined forces to offer a free, 52-hour course for San Diego County small-business owners throughout 1999. This course, called Competitive Skills for Small Business Training, is funded by the state of California Employment Training Panel.

Small-business owners who qualify will attend classes at USD'S Manchester Executive Conference Center starting on Feb. 18, 1999. In the course, they will gain a range of skills that includes everything from how to identify business opportunities with large organizations and managing vendor/supplier contracts to how to develop a marketing plan and sell effectively. Instructors and guests will include experts in these areas from the city, industry and San Diego Fortune 500 company, Sempra Energy. Everyone who completes the free course will receive three units of continuing eduction credit from USD and will become certified as a Premier Small-Business Owner.

"The state of California has funded this important program because it believes in helping small-business owners achieve success," says Margot Kyd, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Sempra Energy. "This partnership with Sempra Energy, the city, USD and Human Systems Consulting underscores the value we place on the growth and prosperity of the small businesses in San Diego County."

San Diego County small-business owners can learn more about the free course by calling the USD Division of Continuing Education at (619) 260-4231. Participation is limited to 20 business owners, so interested persons are urged to register immediately. The course is only for small-business owners who are paying state unemployment insurance and who have one to nine full-time employees.

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