SBA Los Angeles District Office - 2012 Fall Newsletter

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Accepting Nominations for 2013 Small Business Week

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- Download the 2013 Small Business Week Nomination Guidelines

- Nominations Due December 14, 2012 in the Los Angeles District Office

View Bios on Last Year's Small Business Week Award Winners - here

Los Angeles District Office Success Stories (click on photo for more information)

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Stevenson Fitness Gets Lift from Local Small Business Development Center

Jacqueline Sharp Photo
Fort: Workshop & Furniture Reseller and Gallery Builds on WBC Assistance

Elizabeth Figueroa Photo
Elizabeth J. Figueroa & Company Textile and Design House - Ramps Up with WBC

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Glenoaks Imaging Professionals - Glendale's "New and Improved" Medical Imaging Facility

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Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center - 2012 Family-Owned Business of the Year & Success Story

Patricia Kotz-Ramos Photo
Diversified Risk Management, Inc. - 2012 Women in Business Champion & Success Story

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Veteran Business Webinars

The Summer Speaker Series connected with hundreds of aspiring and existing veteran business owners via webinar.  The presentations featured a variety of topics by (top to bottom, left then right column):
- Tina Kapral, Institute of Veterans & Military Families at Syracuse University (July 11)
- Vic Scimo, FranNet of Southern California (July 18)
- Ken Ashford, Metropolitan Water District (July 25)
- Brent Yap, Chase Bank (August 1)
- Mark Darren Gregor, Madison D Solutions - business & life coach (August 8)
- Pam Smith-Cressal, General Services Administration (August 15)
- Debbie Cabriera-Johnson & Alice Estrada, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (August 22)
- Wiliam J. Osgood, CFR & Associates & ELITE SDVOB (August 29) 

Tina Kapral Photo

Vic Scimo

Ken Ashford Photo

Brent Yap Photo

Mark Darren Gregor Photo

Pam Smith-Cressel Photo

Debbie Cabreira-Johnson Photo

William Osgood Photo

Ben Raju, Assistant District Director Lender Relations

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SBA’s Los Angeles District Office (LADO) is proud to announce Mr. Ben Raju as the new Assistant District Director of Lender Relations. 

Raju is the newest member of the LADO team and is the primary liaison working with the largest SBA lending community in the country.   

Raju is also the District International Trade Officer.  In this role, Raju works with our Federal, State and local partners to provide small businesses with access to capital and promotes U.S. export and import business opportunities.

Mr. Raju can be contacted via email at or at (818) 552-3201.         

Los Angeles Lender Ranking for FY12 - 3rd Quarter

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Want to see what Training is available locally?

View the Los Angeles SBA District Office Training Calendar for Upcoming Workshops, Seminars and Classes

View Videos of Local Southern California Small Business Owners

SBA recently launched "Small Business Owners Speak," an interactive platform featuring videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business with the help of the SBA - below are four local stories from the business owners themselves.

VIDEO - SCORE Success Stories, Ventura, CA

VIDEO - Power Media Group, Santa Clarita, CA

VIDEO - Serifos, Los Angeles, CA 

Congratulations to VSolvit, LLC for winning the 2012 Region IX Minority Small Business of the Year

Ms. Payal Kamdar, Managing Partner of VSolvit, LLC will be recognized at the National (8)a Training, Business Matchmaking and Awards Ceremony scheduled for October 10, 2012 in Washington, D..C.

VSolvit, LLC is a SBA Certified 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business, 8(m)/Economically Disadvantaged Woman owned technology services provider that specializes in geospatially enabling enterprises through the integration of Geographic Information Systems and Information Technology.

VIDEO - VSolvit, LLC., Thousand Oaks, CA

GSA PRESENTATION ON SAM - Brings together multiple Government Contracting and Procurement platforms under one website and login! 

One Data Source!

"SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT" Website - click here

Los Angeles SBA Event Photos

2012 Pasadena Business Summit Photo
L to R: Constance Anderson (Pacific Coast Regional), Victor Parker (District Director, Los Angeles SBA), Elizabeth Echols (SBA Region IX Administrator) and Brandon Shamim (Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce) presented at the 2012 Pasadena Economic Summit.

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SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns addresses a Women's Roundtable during a White House Urban Economic Forum in Los Angeles, CA.

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L to R: Cathy Clark and Betsy Copelan both 8a Business Development Division staff pass out SBA information to attendees of the White House 2012 Urban Economic Forum in Los Angeles, CA.

District Director Welcome Reception
L to R: Michael Synn (Regional Director of the Business Consortium Fund), Virgina Gomez (President of SCMBDC) Victor Parker (District Director, Los Angeles SBA), Anna Chung (Wilshire State Bank) and Jae Whan Yoo (President & CEO of Wilshire State Bank) all share a moment at the Welcome Reception for Mr. Parker.

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L to R: Grady Hedgespeth, Director of Financial Assistance and "OC" Isaac, a Special Advisor in the Capital Access Office advise Southern California SBA lenders on the Community Advantage Loan Program.

Lender Training Photo
Patrick Kelley, Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator, gives a presentation on the new and improved CAPLine Program in Glendale, CA.

Long Beach SBDC Opening Photo
L to R: Eloy Ortiz Oakley (LBCC President), Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Doug Otto (LBCC Chair) cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the downtown extension of Long Beach’s Small Business Development Center.

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L to R: Joyce Chan (Chinatown Service Center) and Elizabeth Echols (SBA Region IX Administrator) celebrate Mrs. Chan’s national counseling award at the Los Angeles SBA Small Business Week Awards Luncheon.

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L to R: Sue Baaden (JP Morgan Chase Bank), John Hervey (JP Morgan Chase Bank), Gary Toebben (Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce), Robert Legace (JP Morgan Chase Bank), Ada Chan (Fresh Events, Inc.), Amanda Ma (Fresh Events, Inc.) and Victor Parker (District Director, Los Angeles SBA District Office) pose for a group photo at the 2012 Small Business Week Press Reception and Mixer.