Contact: Joe Vargo, Perris Public Information Officer
Phone: 951-956-2120

April 14: Free Business S.T.E.P Seminar

See the program brochure
See the S.T.E.P. Seminar brochure.

The City of Perris is hosting a free seminar to assist residents interested in starting a business and to help existing companies survive and even thrive in this difficult economy.

Dubbed the STEP workshop (Stimulate The Economy of Perris), the seminar features representatives of the Small Business Administration and private business development experts who will speak about finance, building business plans, job training, reducing costs, raising productivity and other related matters.

Representatives from Eastern Municipal Water District and Southern California Edison will advise participants about the smart use of water and power.

The seminar will take place April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Perris City Hall campus, 101 North D Street.
“We are trying to help Perris residents who want to start a business become aware of the resources that are available to them,” said Veronica Arana, a City Redevelopment Project Coordinator. “It’s important for the City to take a proactive role in business development and retention.”

The seminar marks the City’s latest effort at fostering and developing small businesses.
Perris began its “Shop Local” program in December, an effort to publicize Perris businesses on the City’s website and facebook page with word and video profiles. The City’s Commercial Façade Improvement Program targets shops along historic D Street. Perris’ “green building” program highlights businesses committed to operating in an environmentally friendly manner.

City Councilman Al Landers, a longtime small business owner in Perris, said he is pleased but not surprised the community continues rallying behind shops and businesses that bring jobs, revenues and consumers to the City.

“I’ve said it before and I will say it again, when it comes to helping our businesses, the City staff continues its commitment to attracting and retaining them,” he said. “I am proud to be affiliated with a City that takes this commitment so seriously.”

Participants are asked to enroll in the seminar by filling out the online form or by calling Arana at 951-943-5003, ext. 227 or by emailing her at