Be your own business

By: Megan Wood- The Press Tribune
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Add business owner to your resume and work from home. This weekend the Maidu Community Center will host more than 30 companies for the Home Based Business Expo. According to organizers Ralph and Kathy Jesmont, owners of It’s Just Your Style event planning, the expo is an opportunity for residents to seek out career opportunities or supplement their incomes. “We call it a BYOB fair,” said Ralph Jesmont. “Be your own boss or build your own business, the sky’s the limit.” Representatives from home-based companies like Avon, Cookie Lee and Max International will be on hand to provide attendees with the information and resources needed to get involved. According to Ralph Jesmont, opportunities are available in both direct selling and marketing to appeal to a broad range of interests. The Jesmonts have held similar events throughout the year in Folsom, Sacramento, Modesto and Walnut Creek. “This is a great opportunity for those who are out of a job or are looking to add an additional income in these difficult times,” Ralph Jesmont said. “A lot of people would be surprised to learn that they can own their own business and be their own boss and start adding that income right away.” He said the expo is a forum for job seekers to begin exploring options with businesses they would like to start, gather information and gain contacts and resources. Attendees will not need to worry about printing out resumes or impromptu interviews as the expo is not a job fair but a way to begin building a business. “Bring a notepad to take notes and note cards or business cards with your contact information, and an open mind to learn,” Ralph Jesmont said. “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” The Home Based Business Job Expo is free to attend and will be held on Saturday, May 16 from noon-5 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center. For more information visit or call Kathy at 548-4929.