CHINO - Business owners are welcome to attend the I.E. West-End Business Growth Conference on Thursday.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration at Chaffey College's Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Ave., Chino.

The conference will include a panel discussion from 8-9:30 a.m., and from 9:30-10 a.m. those attending will get a chance to network with other business people.

Attendees should be experienced business owners with projected growth potential in 2013, businesses seeking tax credits or grant funding adding new employees, businesses interested in exploring new revenue options through government contracting, businesses interested in the commercial real estate outlook in the Inland Empire, businesses ready for growth capital for expansion and CPAs, real estate professionals, and other service providers who support growing businesses.

The workshop is free and brings together resources for businesses, including job training, contracting opportunities for doing business with the government and a report on the outlook of commercial real estate in the Inland Empire West-end market.

Discussion topics:

-The U.S. Small Business Administration and lending programs

-loans, lines of credit, export programs and lending programs for women, minority, and disabled veteran owned businesses

-government contracting: getting started and taking advantage of contracts

-tax credits and rebates for hiring new employees; training programs for the workforce

-commercial real estate outlook for the Inland Empire.

To register contact: Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, 909-627-6177.

Registration is required due to limited space.