For businesses that wish to promote Brentwood as a business destination, grants are available for marketing and promotional efforts. Applications will be accepted in anticipation of the annual award cycle at the end of January.

Additionally, a 10-week entrepreneur course for launching a new business will be offered in partnership with the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center. Free informational sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 17 and 31 at Brentwood's City Hall, 150 City Park Way.

From January through March, the city will host various small business seminars and forums to learn about sales, marketing and business strategies.

Business owners can also access services, information, data and resources on the city's economic development web site at www.businessinbrentwood.com. The website also includes information on these programs under "local business assistance."

For more details, contact Peggy Trudell at 925-516-5187 or via e-mail at ptrudell@brentwoodca.gov.

Reach Paula King at pking@bayareanewsgroup.com