Remember the whole "Digital Dublin" campaign from several years back? Its goal was to attract technology companies to call Dublin home and bring a lot of jobs with them. Well, the tech bubble burst and along with it the campaign.

Now, the city is starting a new technology-related program, "Startup Dublin," but this one is geared toward the entrepreneurs who want to create their own technology startups.

"We've heard over and over that we have a lot of new residents moving in who are software engineers and high-tech employees in Silicon Valley who would like to be entrepreneurs. We want to provide them the resources to help them grow here," says city of Dublin spokeswoman Lori Taylor.

The city has teamed up with the Alameda County Small Business Center and the Tech Futures Group to host a 10-week series of workshops designed to give the fledgling entrepreneurs knowledge needed to help get their startup started.

"Engineers might have great technology skills, but they don't know anything about filing a patent or marketing a business," adds Taylor.

The workshop, which will use outside experts in the field as instructors, will include topics ranging from elements of a successful startup, how to finance technology companies and on marketing products, among others. It will conclude with a competition for the entrepreneurs to practice pitching their ideas.


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Obviously, the city hopes that at least one or two of these startup ideas bear fruit, and that as the companies grow, they'll make Dublin their headquarters.

"In the economic development worlds there's a spectrum of things you work to do," says Taylor. "This is in the entrepreneurial, small end of the spectrum. It's part of having a diverse economy."

She notes that the city continues to work to bring larger technology businesses to the area to take advantage of the open space still available. The program, which is going to be limited to 20 dedicated entrepreneurs, begins at noon Sept. 9. To apply for the free program, log onto www.dublin.ca.gov/startupdublin.

From startups to cleanups: The sixth annual Creek Cleanup Day is scheduled for Sept. 13, and volunteers are still needed.

There are four creeks targeted this year: Tassajara Creek (at Emerald Glen Park), Alamo Canal (by the Dublin Civic Center), Alamo Creek (by Alamo Creek Park) and South San Ramon Creek (behind Dublin High School).

Volunteers will gather at Emerald Glen Park in the morning to find out their assignments and to enjoy a continental breakfast. They also get fed a light pizza lunch after helping out the environment during the morning.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the city's Environmental Services department at 925-833-6630 or by email at ES@dublin.ca.gov.

Picnics flicks: The last outdoor movie of the summer season takes place Friday night at Emerald Glen Park. The big Disney hit, "Frozen," will be shown starting about 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Food, movie snacks and beverages are all available for purchase. And remember to bring blankets in case one of our Dublin late summer nights makes you feel frozen.

Contact Alan Elias at elias2000@sbcglobal.net.