Green business confab set for Dublin

A Tri-Valley Green Business Conference will be held Sept. 8 in Dublin to provide residents with information about federal, state, local and private resources to grow local green businesses.

Sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, the conference will take place from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., in Dublin.

Speakers include Erik Stenehjem, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Industrial Partnerships Office. The office partners with the private sector to create jobs and businesses from technology developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The event will also feature a series of panel discussions with Elizabeth Echols, Region IX Administrator with the U.S. Small Business Administration and  Bob Borchers, general partner, Opus Capital.

Echols oversees SBA programs in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. She previously served as Director of the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council as well as Director of Policy at Google.

At Opus Capital, Borchers focuses on investments in mobile applications and services as well as adjacent opportunities in both hardware and software. He previously served as Apple, Inc.’s senior director of Worldwide Product Marketing for the iPhone and has over 20 years experience in mobile and consumer marketing.

Representatives from the following organization will also be participating in the panel discussions: California Energy Commission, Tri-Valley Business Council, Workforce Incubator, Alameda County Green Business Program, and the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Livermore.

To reserve a seat, call 925-737-0727 or email ca11districtschedule@mail.house.gov.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen