SBA October Newsletter - San Diego District Office

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October 2012

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

SBA & AARP Hosted an Encore "Wantrapreneur" Day Event

Photo: AARP's Maxine Fischer

Maxine Fischer, AARP Associate State Director - California greets attendees of the San Diego Encore event and provides AARP introductory remarks.

Photo: Jill Andrews

Jill Andrews, SBA Economic Development Specialist, San Diego giving a presentation on franchising at the San Diego Encore event.

Left to Right - Rosa Rodarte, Lead Business Opportunities Specialist, Anthony Vigil, Deputy District Director and Carlos Liu, Business Opportunities Specialist, SBA San Diego at our exhibit table, during the San Diego Encore Event.

Photo: Rosa Rodarte, Anthony Vigil, Carlos Liu

We would like to thank everyone who helped us make this event a great success including: AARP for refreshments; SBA San Diego District Office employees for event coordination; The San Diego Foundation for the use of their conference room; and the presenters - Ruben Garcia, Jill Andrews, and Maria Hughes, SBA San Diego; Maxine Fischer, AARP; Larry Gach, Redpoint Engineering, LLC (SCORE Counselor); Sigmund Penn- Sigmund Penn Restaurant Management Consultant (SCORE Counselor); Joe Molina, North San Diego Small Business Development Center; Monica Harvey, Navy Federal Credit Union; Susan Lamping, CDC Small Business Finance; Robert Lopez, Accion San Diego; Mike McCraw, Cal Southern Small Business Development Corporation; Mike Valenti, San Diego Private Bank and Victor Castillo, San Diego Center for International Trade Development.  

SBA San Diego District Office Receives Recognition for Support of Elite SDVOB San Diego Chapter

Group photo at SDVOB Awards Event

Photo by Rochelle Porter/ Peache' Photo Memories (cropped to fit)
Left to Right - Alex Galicia, VP Elite SDVOB San Diego; Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego; Gregg Torwick, Chapter President, Elite SDVOB San Diego; Richard Blum, SBA Business Opportunites Specialist, San Diego and Bill Driscol, U.S. Navy Retired, Event Master of Ceremonies.

Photo: Rosa Rodarte and Richard Blum assisting a client at Elite SDVOB Networking Event

Photo by Rochelle Porter/ Peache' Photo Memories (cropped to fit)
Left to Right - Rosa Rodarte, SBA Lead Business Opportunities Specialist and Richard Blum, SBA Business Opportunities Specialist, San Diego provide guidance to an attendee of the Elite SDVOB San Diego Chapter Networking Event.

Photo: Raymond Weamer, Ruben Garcia and Tomas Valles

Left to Right - Raymond Weamer, VP Chase Specialty Finance - SBA & Equipment Finance; Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego; Tomas Valles, VP Relationship Manager.

The Southwestern Community College District's CITD and the Mexican Council for Foreign Trade of Baja California Sign a Strategic Alliance Memorandum

Photo: Strategic Alliance Signing between San Diego CITD and Mexican Council for Foreign Trade of Baja California

Left to Right - David Mayagitia, Chairman of the Board, Tijuana EDC; José Antonio González Ibarra, President, COMCE Baja California, Dr. Melinda Nish, Superintendent/President, Southwestern College and Dr. Norma Hernandez, Board President, Southwestern Community College District Governing Board.

SBA was present in support of the San Diego CITD, a recipient of funding from SBA's STEP Grant to the State of California (CA STEP Program).

Disaster Loan Filing Deadline Approaches

CA 13288-01 SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Residents And Businesses Affected by the Brawley Earthquakes that began August 26, 2012

Reminder the filing deadline to return applications for property damage is November 13, 2012.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 14, 2013

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing or visiting SBA’s Web site at  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.