City of Indio Partners to Help Small Business Owners

The City of Indio, in partnership with the State of California Board of Equalization, is reaching out to help small business owners better understand tax and employment requirements. A free business seminar will be held at the Indio Performing Arts Center in Downtown Indio on Friday, May 5, 2017.  Anyone who owns a small business, or is considering opening a business, is encouraged to attend.  The wide-ranging seminar will address many of the steps involved in launching and growing a business in California.

The event is sponsored by Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane L. Harkey, who will speak at the event along with Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes, La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans, La Quinta City Council Member Steve Sanchez, and Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik. “We are fortunate to have the support and participation of several members of our local government” said Mayor Holmes.  “The City of Indio strongly supports our local business owners.  This seminar is just one more resource we can offer to help them be successful.  We are proud to be the host city for this event.”

Among the topics to be addressed at the seminar are sales and use tax basics, various forms of ownership, determining employment and contractor status, securing capitol and other important tools to grow your business, and how your local SBA office can help.  The program will feature several business subject matter experts.  Speakers will include guests from the California State Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department (EDD), Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC), California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Anyone interested in attending this free event should register online at, or by calling 1-888-847-9652.  The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., concluding at 2:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.  The Indio Performing Arts Center is located at 45-175 Fargo Street in Indio. 


The City of Indio is the largest and fastest growing city in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley with over 89,000 residents. Nearly 1.4 million people visit Indio every year to attend its world famous arts, food, and music festivals. With nationally recognized public safety services, exceptional schools, great parks and senior and teen centers, no wonder over 3,000 new housing units are in construction or being planned throughout the city in addition to new hotels, restaurants and retailers. Indio was the first city incorporated in the Coachella Valley on May 16, 1930, and is governed by an elected City Council that employs a City Manager. The City of Indio embraces its diversity and provides outstanding municipal services to enhance the quality of life for its residents, visitors and the business community.