Judith Iglehart, Mayor of Berkeley's chief of staff, will participate in Startup Berkeley on March 5th

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates’ recently appointed chief of staff, Judith Iglehart, has joined the panel at the Berkeleyside Local Business Forum: Startup Berkeley, which is taking place at the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley on March 5th, 7:00-9:00 pm.

Iglehart is well-placed to discuss the business startup climate in Berkeley. Before she joined City Hall last month, she worked for eight years at Keiretsu Forum, a global network of angel investors. In an interview with Berkeleyside last month, Iglehart cited job creation as a key part of the mayor’s agenda, and expressed a strong belief that Berkeley can do better in attracting the kind of start-up activity she has helped foster in other places.

“The goal for Berkeley, one would think, is to attract business angels to the area and to showcase the [city’s] intellectual activity and resources, which are extraordinary,” she said.

Startup Berkeley will focus on the strengths, and weaknesses, of the city of Berkeley for startups. The conversation will cover how one can one nurture innovation here and help make Berkeley an exciting place to launch and maintain a business.

Iglehart joins other panelists including David Hyman, founder and CEO of streaming music service MOGWill Wrightcreator of The Sims and founder of Stupid Fun Club; June Taylor, founder of jam and marmalade company The Still Room; and Rauly Butler, Senior Vice President Retail at Mechanics Bank.

Visit Startup Berkeley’s Facebook page for updated information about the event, which will interest anyone who runs, or is thinking of launching, a business in Berkeley.

The Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012 is organized in partnership with Mechanics Bank, and is sponsored byGreenerPrinter. Further details of the Forum will be posted regularly here on Berkeleyside, on the Forum Facebook pageand on Twitter (#BerkForum).

When: Monday March 5th, 7:00- 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm (plenty of time before and after for networking).
Where: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Refreshments, including beer and wine, available to purchase.
Tickets: $10 ($5 for students and seniors), available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Announcing: Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012: Startup Berkeley [02.07.12]
Iglehart brings startup education experience to City Hall [01.11.12]
Judith Iglehart becomes new chief of staff to Mayor Bates [01.05.12]

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...