SBA September Newsletter - San Diego District Office

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September 2012

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

SBA Participates in the Inaugural San Diego Entrepreneur Day

Photo: Ruben Garcia presenting a certificate to Ray Hivoral
Left to Right: Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego presents certificiate of appreciation to Ray Hivoral, Founder, San Diego Entrepreneur Day. Photo by: (cropped to fit)

Photo: Richard Blum, Carol King, Maria Hughes, & Paul Hollenbach
Left to Right: Richard Blum, SBA Business Opportunities Specialist, San Diego; Carol King, SCORE Counselor; Maria Hughed, SBA Lender Relations Specialist, San Diego and Paul Hollenbach, SCORE Counselor working an exhibit booth at San Diego Entrepreneur Day. Photo by: (cropped to fit)

Overhead view of exhibits at San Diego Entrepreneur Day. Photo by: (cropped to fit)
Photo: Overhead View of Exhibits at San Diego Entrepreneur Day

Event Photos

Photo: Daniel Griswold and Ruben Garcia
Left to Right - Daniel Griswold, President, National Associaton of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) and Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego at the NAFTZ 40th Annual Conference and Exposition.
Photo: Calvin One Dear Gavin, Therese Cisneros-Remington, Ruben Garcia, and Alex Galenes
Left to Right - Calvin One Deer Gavin, Director, GEAR UP; Therese Cisneros-Remington, Marketing Advisor, GEAR UP; Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego and Alex Galenes, Civic Member Chairman-Elect, Escondido Chamber of Commerce at the inaugural GEAR UP Partnership Reception.
Photo: Ruben Garcia and Jesse Medina
Left to Right - Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego and Jesse Medina, President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Inland Empire Chapter, Assoc. of the U.S. Army at the San Diego U.S. Army Advisory Group.

Open Forum HUBZone Helpline

Dear HUBZone Certified Firms and Interested Firms:
This is to introduce the following notification about HUBZone’s new Open Forum Helpline “Office Hours” that are being established to help our clients find solutions to their HUBZone certification questions.
The HUBZone Office staff is now conducting interactive conference calls or sessions on a variety of topics pertaining to eligibility and continuing eligibility issues every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am to 12:00pm PDT.
We encourage our customers to participate in these upcoming sessions and don’t hesitate to give us your feedback on this new initiative. The calls can accommodate up to 120 callers. 
Dial into 800-888-2144 Access code 3061773#
For more information, visit:
For information about Government Contracting, visit:

New SBA Platform Lets Small Businesses Tell Their Stories Videos Showcase Entrepreneurs Who Have Started or Grown a Business 

Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their stories and showcase their successful and thriving businesses.
SBA has 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.  The videos will be featured at

New SBA Web Tool Helps with Market Research SizeUp Allows Business Owners to Research Data and Analytics To Start or Grow a Business

Small business owners and start-ups across the country can now take advantage of a new business tool to help them compete and grow. The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources. The tool can be found at

More SBA News

Encore "Wantrapreneur"  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

New IRS Website

The redesigned makes finding information easier than ever.
Check out:
And now, just click the heart graphic on any page to save it as a bookmark.