SBA August Newsletter - San Diego District Office

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August 2012

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

SBA Small Business Awards

On August 17th SBA recognized Small Businesses for their success and Small Business Champions for their dedication to the small business communtiy.
Photo: Thomas Topuzes and Irene Chandler
George Chandler Leadership Award Winner: Thomas Topuzes, Thomas Topuzes and Associates, LLC, with Irene Chandler.
Presented for Leadership and Commitment to Excellence in Small Business Development and Success

Photo: Abdur-Rahim Hameed
SBA Community Service Award Winner: Abdur-Rahim Hameed, National Black Contractors Associaton
Presented for exemplary service as a community leader instrumental in the growth and success of San Diego small business
and economic development.

SBA Lender of the Year Awards

Photo: Steve Bernstein
SBA 7a Lender of the Year: Wells Fargo Bank SBA Division accepted by Steve Bernstein, President Business Banking.

Photo: Rick Benito
SBA 504 Lender of the Year: Kurt Chilcott, CDC Small Business Fiance accepted by Rick Benito, Executive Board Member.

SBA Small Business Week Awards

Photo: Ruben Garcia, Earl Kight, Elizabeth Echols
California Small Business
Person of the Year
Jack White, Jr., Ballast Point
Nominators: Jeni Burgess and Jay Suntrup, Wells Fargo Bank
Photo: (left to right) Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego, Earl Kight, Director of Marketing, Ballast Point and Elizabeth Echols, SBA Regional Administrator for Region IX

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Gary Fisher, President/Owner,
Wahoo International  
Nominators: Aaron Dmitrenko and Mike Sarthou, CDC Small Business Finance
Photo: Gary Fisher

Photo: Debra Hubers and Christine Givant
Women-Owned Business of the Year
La Vita Compounding Pharmacy
Nominator: Paul Hollenbach, SCORE
San Diego
Photo: Debra Hubers and Christine Givant, Co-founders, La Vita Compounding Pharmacy

Family-Owned Business of the Year
Able Patrol and Guard
Nominator: Gunnar Schalin, San Diego Contracting Opportunites Center
Photo: (left to right) George Grauer, President, Able Patrol and Guard and Elizabeth Echols, SBA Regional Administrator for Region IX
Photo: George Grauer and Elizabeth Echols

Photo: Lori Sutton and Elizabeth Echols
Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Vic Salazar Communications
Nominator: Arnulfo Manriquez, Chicano Federation of San Diego County
Photo: (left to right) Lori Sutton, Sr. Project Manager, Vic Salazar Communications and Elizabeth Echols, SBA Regional Administrator for Region IX

Photo: Michael Anderson and Elizabeth Echols
Minority Small Business
Champion of the Year
Aldrica Lattimore, Accurate Engineering Integrated Constrution Services, Inc.
Nominator: Michael Anderson, Top Notch Business Solutions, Inc.
Photo: (left to right) Michael Anderson and Elizabeth Echols, SBA Regional Administrator for Region IX

Photo: Steven Sullivan
Veteran Small Business
Champion of the Year
Steven Sullivan, Sullivan International Group, Inc.
Nominator: Kevin Hayford, Hayvan Solutions, Inc.

Region IX Women in Business
Champion of the Year
Rebecca Llewellyn, Payco Specialties, Inc.
Nominator: Lynn Pittman, North San Diego SBDC
Rebecca Llewellyn
For The Daily Transcript subscribers: San Diego Source Special Report: Small Business 

Do you want to be a 2013 SBA Award Winner?

Contact Cynthia Harris at to learn how you may nominate yourself or someone else for a 2013 Small Business Week Award.

SBA Regional Administrator Elizabeth Echols on the SBA

Aug. 17, 2012 -- Video interview by San Diego Souce Executive Editor George Chamberlin with Elizabeth Echols, Regional Administrator for Region IX of the U.S. Small Business Administration, on the role of the SBA.

Small Business Symposium - September 18th, 2012

The SBA Nevada District Office invites you to attend a Symposium on Entrepreneurial Issues and Small Business Opportunities. 
Topics Include:
  • Native American Business Programs
  • HUBZone Business Requirements
  • Starting a Business
  • Contracting with the Federal Government
  • The SBA 8(a) Program
  • Specialized Contracting Opportunities for Native American, HUB Zone, 8(a), Woman Owned, and Veteran Owned Small Businesses
  • Business Financing
  • Business Organizations
  • Legal Perspectives
Featuring Professional Experts and Guest Speakers from private and government agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the Historic Fifth Street School
401 S. Fourth St. (Fourth and Clark St.)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lunch Provided by Gallina LLC
Please RSVP to: 702-388-6611, or


Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

Tues. - Oct. 2, 2012
8:30AM – 12:30PM
The San Diego Foundation
Hoffman Boardroom
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., 1st Flr.
San Diego, CA 92106