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Accion, NYSE and Yelp to Host Round Robin Training Event for San Diego Entrepreneurs

Monday, October 22, 2012

Accion, NYSE and Yelp to Host Round Robin Training Event for San Diego Entrepreneurs11:20 EDT Monday, October 22, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Accion, Yelp, and the NYSE Big StartUp will host “Round Robin: Utilizing Technology in Business,” a half-day business training event that will gather seven experts and more than 100 local small business owners for discussions and training on essential business technology trends and issues. The event will take place Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon PST at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center. At the event, attendees will be able to choose three 30-minute intensive seminars to attend. This year's Round Robin sessions include: Creating a Website: Tips for building your online presence Crowd-funding, crowd-financing, and the Jobs Act E-commerce: Selling your products online Finding and utilizing a merchant service Quick Books primer Social media marketing 101 In addition, Yelp's manager of local business outreach, Darnell Holloway, will deliver a keynote presentation titled “Small Business Connections: Social Media and the World of Online Reviews.” During this presentation, Mr. Holloway will discuss how entrepreneurs can work with major social media platforms to engage with customers online and navigate online reviews. “With limited time and resources, small business owners often struggle to effectively and economically utilize technology in business,” said Elizabeth Schott, Accion San Diego's executive director. “We hope this year's Round Robin will provide the education necessary to help entrepreneurs navigate the many technology options out there and effectively utilize these options to grow their businesses.” Yelp and NYSE join the 2012 event as part of the Big StartUp initiative, a nationwide job creation and business growth initiative that connects small businesses with established corporations. Small Business Connections is the initiative's event component that has educated more than 400 entrepreneurs in nine cities to date; San Diego will be the tenth stop on the nationwide tour. Local sponsors include Torrey Pines Bank and Market Creek Events & Venues. The event will take place in Celebration Hall at the center. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and there will be networking opportunities throughout the morning. The event is free for attendees and will include a continental breakfast and free parking. To register and to receive more information, visit www.accionsandiego.org/roundrobin.html. For more information on Accion's business loans and entrepreneurial resources, visit http://www.accionsandiego.org or call 619-795-7250. About Yelp Yelp (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore and Poland. Yelp had a monthly average of 78 million unique visitors in Q2 2012 (source: Google Analytics). By the end of Q2 2012, Yelpers had written more than 30 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Yelp's mobile application was used on 7.2 million unique mobile devices on a monthly average basis during Q2 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.yelp.com/ or send an email to press@yelp.com. About Accion Accion San Diego is a nonprofit microlender dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the accessible financing and resources it takes to create or grow healthy businesses. By providing loans ranging from $300 to $35,000, we create opportunity for increased income, economic stability and employment. Since 1994, Accion has provided over 2,700 loans totaling over $17 million in the San Diego county region. Accion San Diego is a member of the Accion U.S. Network (us.accion.org), the largest microfinance network in the U.S., whose members have collectively made over 44,000 loans totaling over $320 million. Globally, Accion (www.accion.org) is a pioneer in microfinance, reaching millions of individuals through its international network of partners. For additional information on Accion's services in San Diego, visit www.accionsandiego.org or call (619) 795-7250. About NYSE Euronext NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets - the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca - represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com. Elizabeth Schott619-795-7250 ext. 406eschott@accionsandiego.org