SBA June Newsletter - San Diego District Office

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June 2015

San Diego District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Signs a Cosponsorship Agreement with the San Diego CITD

Photo: SBA and CITD officials signing cosponsorship agreement with resource partner representatives and SBA staff in the background.

Above - Front: (L to R) Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego; Dr. Melinda Nish, Superintendent & President, Southwestern College and Victor Castillo, Director, San Diego Center for International Trade Development, hosted by Southwestern College. Immediately behind Ruben Garcia is Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer.

Back: Representatives from the San Diego & Imperial Counties Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), SCORE San Diego and the SBA San Diego District Office. 

Event Photos and Highlights

SBA Participated in 5th Annual Here's the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo

Photo: Ruben Garcia and Rosa Rodarte with VEDC board members

Above: San Diego SBA's Ruben Garcia, District Director (second from left) and Rosa Rodarte, Lead Economic Development Specialist (second from right) with the VEDC board members at the 5th Annual Here's the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo. Ruben and Rosa both made presentations at this event and Rosa also work an SBA exhibit table at the expo.

San Diego Manufacturing, Research, & Development Lunch Workshop

Photo: Tony Knott and Ruben Garcia

Above: (L to R) - Tony Knott, Information Officer, CA State Board of Equalization's (BOE) 4th District in Irvine, CA and Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego. Both Tony and Ruben were speakers at the BOE's San Diego Manufacturing, Research, & Development Lunch Workshop, held at San Diego City College.

Photo: BOE Event participants enjoying their lunches.

Left: BOE event participants enjoying their lunch.

SBA Are You Ready to Export? Workshop

Photos: Victor Castillo and Sandra Donzella during their presentations.

Above: Victor Castillo, Director, San Diego Center for International Trade Development and Sandra Donzella, Regional Director, Export-Import Bank giving their presentations at the June 3rd Are You Ready to Export? workshop, held at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Selander, Regional Manager, SBA Newport Beach, U.S. Export Assistance Center, also made a presentation and Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer, coordinated and moderated the workshop.

SBA District Directors Join Ruben at WSRadio Studio

Photo: Wayne Bell, Ruben Garcia and Robert Nelson at WSRadio station

Left: (L to R) Wayne Bell, SBA District Director, Wichita, KS; Ruben Garcia, SBA Districti Director, San Diego, CA; and Robert Nelson, District Director, Massachusetts.

Wayne Bell and Robert Nelson joined Ruben at the WSRadio station to co-host the SBARadio Show. Join us every Thursday at 11 a.m. (PDT.)

The 2015 Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties is now available online!

(Click on image below to view our new resource guide online.)

Image: 2015 SBA Resource Guide Cover Page

San Diego Boots to Business

The SBA San Diego district office conducts monthly entrepreneurial training programs for transitional military at local military facilities throughout San Diego County. Representatives from SBA and our resource partner organizations, SCORE and the Small Business Development Centers provide the training.

Two Boots to Business programs will be conducted in July 2015.  

  • July 15th & 16th - Camp Pendleton
  • July 28th & 29th - Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Click here to learn more about the Boots to Business program.

Contact Maria Hughes, 619-727-4871 or Mike Sovacool, 619-727-4881 for information about upcoming Boots to Business training programs.

SBA and AARP to Conduct Two Summer of Encore Mentoring Events

Three encore business photos.

The SBA San Diego District Office and AARP are conducting two free Summer of Encore Mentoring events in the next two months.

The first will be July 30th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at 550 Corporate Center, 550 West C Street, Suite 570, San Diego, CA 92101. 
Click here for more information and to register.

The second event will be held on August 27th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, at The Chamber - East County, 3201 South Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020. Click here for more information and to register. Contact: Rosa Rodarte,
Excerpt from Encore Entrepreneurs, Jumpstart Your Dreams with SBA and AARP, by  Donna Davis, U.S. SBA Region 9 Administrator

SBA and AARP offices nationwide announced a new Summer of Encore Mentoring initiative, with events specifically designed to help encore entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small business. Summer of Encore Mentoring events are scheduled for July and August 2015, with more encore events offered throughout the year. We’ll be matching up “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business mentors and business experts for advice and assistance.

To find a local event near you go to

SBA also has free online courses targeted at helping encore entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses.  Go online to to access the online training and other resources. 

We’ll be hosting a webinar series to help current and potential encore entrepreneurs.  For more information, and to register, visit

There’s no better time to start a business than today.  For Americans, especially those over 50, why not make this summer a fresh start to the next chapter of your career.

(Contact Cynthia Harris at for a copy of the full article.)

SBA Says Goodbye to Mary Lake

Photo: Mary Lake head shot

We are sad to lose Mary Lake, but wish her luck at her new job at SPAWAR.

Mary has been stationed within the SBA San Diego District Office as a Procurement Center Representative for SBA's Office of Government Contracting for the past four years.

National SBA News

(Click on linked titles below to read the full press release.)

What Are the Top Five Disaster Risks to Small Businesses?

Federal Government Achieves Small Business Procurement Contracting Goal for Second Consecutive Year

Statement by SBA Administrator on the Confirmation of Douglas J. Kramer as Deputy Administrator of SBA

Upcoming Events

July 30, 2015
Summer of Encore Mentoring (San Diego) - FREE
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
550 Corporate Center
550 West C Street, Suite 570
San Diego, CA 92101
Click here to register.

August 5, 2015
9 a.m. - Noon
Southwestern College Higher Education Center - Otay Mesa - Confernce Center, 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154
Click here for more information.

August 27, 2015
Summer of Encore Mentoring (El Cajon) - FREE
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Chamber
East County,
3201 So. Magnolia Ave.,
El Cajon, CA 92020
Click here to register.

Boots to Business
Entrepreneurial training program for transitioning military.
SBA San Diego -  Veteran's Rep. Maria Hughes, 619-727-4871

National SBA News

Online Training and Webinars

Pricing Models for Successful Business

Introduction to Pricing

Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business

Encore Entrepreneurship for Women

All upcoming Healthcare Reform Webinars