An Entrepreneur Workshop Series that Will Take You From Zero to Customer #1

Learn how to build your first business even if:

  • You have no idea where to start!
  • You have a disability!
  • You are a veteran!
  • You are in high school or college!
  • You have the WHOLE WORLD against you!

Turning Your Passion into Profit – An Entrepreneur Workshop Series for Turning Your Dreams into Reality

We have all entered one of the most difficult periods of our lives.

  • Rising inflation
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Gas prices through the roof
  • Rising rates of homelessness

How is the Inland Empire going to recover?

The answer is through entrepreneurship education.

There has never been a more important time in history than now to learn how to become an entrepreneur. The benefits are clear. Entrepreneurs experience:

  • Greater career mobility
  • An increased foundation of knowledge
  • Increased potential sources of income

But... you already knew this. You already recognize the importance of entrepreneurship education. Chances are... you have even considered starting a business yourself. If that's you, then I'm willing to bet you fall into one of the categories below.

  • The "I just haven't gotten around to it" person.
  • The "I don't even know where to start" person.
  • The "I have no one that's supporting me" person.

The truth is... this was most entrepreneurs at some point. Putting our ideas on the backburner whenever something fun came up. Sitting with a notepad about to brainstorm, and then drawing blanks. Feeling like no one understood what we wanted to accomplish...

For some it takes months, for others it takes years. Years to realize that they wasted year after year waiting for something to happen... until they realized that they had the capability to make it happen all along. If you are a student that is reading this, then consider yourself lucky. You have the opportunity to save years. If you have been stuck in a job wondering when the right opportunity will come up, consider yourself lucky. You have the opportunity to choose not to waste another year.

The Inland Empire is in desperate need of entrepreneurs to step up to the plate. We need aspiring entrepreneurs to create, to explore their ideas, and to take risks. We need entrepreneurs to help rebuild the Inland Empire.

The Inland Empire's Push for Entrepreneurship

The Inland Empire's push for entrepreneurship is a statewide initiative that aims to support and encourage entrepreneurship in California. The push for entrepreneurship seeks to create an environment that is conducive to business start-ups and growth, and to provide resources and assistance to entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire region. The goals of this push are to create jobs, spur economic growth, and attract investment to the Inland Empire. This push for entrepreneurship will benefit California as a whole by helping to diversify the state's economy, and by providing opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire region.

How Does Entrepreneurship Benefit Individuals With Disabilities

Although seventy percent of individuals with disabilities want employment, statistics show that the unemployment rate amongst the disabled community is more than double of those without disabilities. Work conditions for individuals with disabilities do not exist in all businesses to create a productive work environment. In many instances, individuals with disabilities are left to take employment in low-paying jobs that provide little growth opportunities. Besides physical challenges, employees with disabilities must also face the stigmas against individuals with disabilities.

Through entrepreneurship, persons with disabilities can set their own parameters which help to ensure a suitable work environment that promotes well-being. Self-employment increases self-empowerment. Entrepreneurship allows individuals with disabilities to enter the workforce and gain economic independence. This course, will provide the resources to start your own business and bridge the opportunities gap that exists for people with disabilities.

Why Do Veterans Excell At Entrepreneurship

Veterans owned businesses account for more than 9% of all businesses in the U.S, accounting for 1 trillion dollars and 6 million jobs annually. When veterans leave the service and enter into the workforce, they bring many of the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. Throughout their enlistment, veterans possess critical thinking skills, have developed good leadership abilities, and are familiar with working within a team. For many, entrepreneurship is the most practical way to put their skills to use in the civilian world, in a field that allows them to contribute to society in a way that is meaningful to them.

How Entrepreneurship Impacts Education

Entrepreneurship has the potential to positively impact education by providing opportunities for hands-on learning, and by encouraging creativity and critical thinking. Additionally, entrepreneurship can help to prepare students for the workforce by teaching them essential skills such as marketing, finance, and business management. Students can start studying entrepreneurship at any age. However, it is important to note that some concepts may be more difficult to grasp for younger students. For this reason, many entrepreneurship programs are designed for college-aged students or older. Some of the benefits of studying entrepreneurship include gaining an understanding of business concepts, developing essential skills such as marketing and financial management, and gaining exposure to the entrepreneurial process. Additionally, studying entrepreneurship can help students learn how to think creatively and solve problems effectively. There has never been a more important time than now to start your entrepreneur journey.

How Your Passion Can Help the Inland Empire

A passion is something that you are enthusiastic about and deeply interested in. It is something that you would be willing to dedicate a lot of time and energy to. For many people, their passion is their job or career. Others may have a passion for hobbies such as art, music, or sports. Whatever your passion may be, it should be something that brings you joy and fulfillment. Your passions are often the easiest business idea to start with. You already know about the topic... and you're eager to learn more. Believe it or not, your passion can help improve our community. Think about all of the different ways that your passions can have an impact on the people in our community. Giving your passion a purpose is the first step to you'll need to take to form your business.

Zero to Customer #1

A Six Workshop Series

The Zero to Customer #1 Entrepreneur Workshop Series was created to help first-time and early entrepreneurs learn about the basics of building a successful business. This entrepreneur workshop series brings the Inland Empire community together to share ideas amongst local business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Zero to Customer #1 consists of 6 different workshops spanning from July 2022 - September 2022.

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

All workshop participants gain access to the following unique benefits.

Admission to All Six Workshops

All participants gain admission to all 6 of our entrepreneur workshops hosted on the following days:

  • Workshop #1: July 16, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Workshop #2: July 30, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Workshop #3: August 13, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Workshop #4: August 27, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Workshop #5: September 10, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Workshop #6: September 24, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

Reggie Thomas

Peake Potential

Keynote Speaker Session 1: July 16


Craig Sunada


Panelist Session 1: July 16


Michelle Jimenez

Jimenez Sister's Ranch

Panelist Session 1: July 16


Thomas Nguyen

Fuh Noodles

Panelist Session 1: July 16


Jovan Romero

Luv 2 Play

Panelist Session 2: July 30


Dough Wechsler

Dough Wechsler CPA

Keynote Speaker Session 2: July 30


Jay Perez

Exuvus Performance

Keynote Speaker Session 2: July 30


Manuel Zavala

Student Hires

Panelist Session 2: July 30th


Roger Garcia

Minuteman Press Chino

Panelist Session 2: July 30


David Harrison

Paws 4 Success

Keynote Speaker Session 3: August 13


Marijane Chuang

Pet Wants Chino Hills

Keynote Speaker Session 3: August 13


Dustin Davis

Dustin Davis Horsemanship

Keynote Speaker Session 3: August 13

Access to Over 30 Local Entrepreneurs

Learn from over 30 Inland Empire entrepreneurs in all types of fields. Our workshops include panels where you get to ask the questions that matter to you most.


Paola Hockenhull

EXP Realty

Panelist Session 3: August 13


Peter Joseph

Joseph Insurance Brokerage

Panelist Session 3: August 13


Madison Gorgone

ReMax Top Producers

Panelist Session 3: August 13


Travis LaFond

Farmer Insurance

Panelist Session 3: August 13


Kris Cardona


Keynote Speaker Session 4: August 27


Tim Robinson

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

Panelist Session 4: August 27


Deanna Margarita

Infuzion Zone

Panelist Session 4: August 27


Destiny Collins

Modern Woodmen of America

Keynote Speaker Session 5: September 10


Jonathan Stoneking

Modern Woodmen of America

Keynote Speaker Session 5: September 10


Zeb Welborn

Welborn Media

Panelist Session 5: September 10


Jon Cruz

Creative by Jon

Panelist Session 5: September 10

And many more entrepreneurs!

Interactive Guidance to Build Your Business

Our workshops are designed to help u jumpstart your business. Whether you have a new or fairly new business, you will receive guidance, mentoring, and strategies for taking your business to the next level.

About Paws 4 Success

Paws 4 Success is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that enhances the lives of individuals with physical and psychological disabilities through the service dogs we train and the programs we offer which promote mental health wellness. These programs include; mental health forums, resiliency workshops which focus on topics such as communication skills or stress management, yoga, community dog walks, Bark Bazaar, a community fair, and monthly luncheons open to veterans and first responders. We fund our programs through community support and the various levels of dog training course we offer to the public. Our safe environment has created a community which offers respect, inclusiveness, and empowerment.

About the Workshops

Six sessions for you to build your company from scratch.

Workshop #1: The Essentials

July 16, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

Panel Discussion: What are the essentials to build a business?

Main Topic: What’s Your Mindset?

Speaker: Reggie Thomas - Peake Potential

  • A negative and limiting mindset will limit your success in life and business.
  • The excellent news is we have the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our abilities.
  • This workshop will provide timely and practical tips for developing a more positive mindset.

Workshop #2: Laying the Groundwork

July 30, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

Panel Discussion: How to strengthen your business through adversity

Main Topic: How to structure your business and establish excellent work habits for your business

Speakers: Doug Weschler- Doug Weschler CPA, Jay Perez- Exuvus Performance, Matt Olsen- Move Through Motivation

  • Structuring your business based on your needs with the growth of your business in mind.
  • Determining what your product will be, how to source materials, and how to calculate profit margins.
  • How to set realistic and obtainable goals.

Workshop #3: Building Connections

August 13, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

Panel Discussion: How to grow your business through networking

Main Topic: Building valuable connections for your business through effective communication, networking, and leadership.

Speakers: David Harrison - Paws 4 Success, Marijane Chuang - Pet Wants Chino Hills, & Dustin Davis - Dustin Davis Horsemanship

  • Effective communication skills are essential in business. Learn simple techniques that will help you engage with people to become a champion for your business.
  • Discover the importance of building genuine connections within your community for your business.
  • Cultivating great leadership.

Workshop #4: Marketing Strategies

August 27, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

Panel Discussion: Equipping yourself with the tools to be successful

Main Topic: Developing a marketing strategy for your business

Speaker: Kris Cardona- Aqulos

  • Find out the impact a well-executed marketing plan can have on your business.
  • Learn how to take your buyer successfully across your buyers' journey and deeper into your funnel.
  • Generate Customers/Clients - Strategies to get more customers to buy from you.
  • Increase Your Business - Increase the amount of money your current customers spend.
  • Multiply Purchase Frequency - Get your customers to buy from you more often.

Workshop #5: Storytelling

September 10, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

Panel Discussion: Growing your business through compelling storytelling

Main Topic: Building a marketing strategy for your business

Speakers: Destiny Collins & Jonathan Stoneking - Modern Woodmen of America

  • Learn how to create a clear vision for your business and implement it, so you reach your audience.
  • You have delivered your “elevator pitch.” What is next? Discuss the importance of follow-up.

Workshop #6: Business Plan & Pitch Presentations

September 10, 2022: 10 AM - 2 PM

After 5 workshops, participants are now ready to pitch their business in front of a live audience.

  • Learn the components of a great pitch.
  • Learn how to engage your audience.
  • Gain valuable practice pitching your business.

Course Bonuses

But wait... there's more. Here are some bonus perks for registering.

Exclusive Slack Channel

Gain free access to the Inland Empire Entrepreneurs Slack Channel to network with other entrepreneurs in the region.

Online Course

Gain free access to the online version of our Zero to Customer #1 Entrepreneur Workshop Series. Our online course takes you through all 6 workshops.

Downloadable Resources

Free resources to help jumpstart your business. These downloadable resources include business plan templates, pitch deck templates, and more!

Ready to Reserve Your Seat?

Friendly pricing and scholarship opportunities available.


Admission for one entrepreneur.


  • Admission to all Six Workshops
  • Access to online course
  • Access to Exclusive Slack Channel
  • Free Downloadable Resources

Scholarships Available

Due to our generous sponsors, scholarships are available for those individuals may not have the ability to participate in the workshop. Please take the time to apply for the scholarship and we will see you at the course.

Feedback from the Community

"It's not just about service dogs, its about a community of people who reach out and help each other when anyone is in need."

- Anthony Ramirez

"Everyday is a better day and I actually have hope now which I never had before"

- Ryan Matthew

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to attend every single session?

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