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December 2012

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

Anthony J. Vigil, SBA Deputy District Director Retires with 46 Years of Public Service

Photo: Anthony Vigil, SBA Deputy District Director

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Anthony J. Vigil, Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, San Diego District Office.  Mr. Vigil’s retirement concludes a career in Federal Government spanned over 46 years of dedicated public service. His effective retirement date was December 30, 2012.

Anthony Vigil began his tenure with SBA, in 1967 as a Loan Officer in the Denver Colorado District Office and advanced to the position of Policy Examiner for our Headquarters Office in Washington D.C. from 1973 to 1976.  In 1976 he accepted a position in the Denver Regional Office, as Assistant Regional Administrator for Government Contracting and the 8(a) Business Development Program, servicing 6 states in Region VII.

Mr. Vigil subsequently relocated to San Diego, in 1983, and accepted the position of Assistant District Director for Finance & Investment in the San Diego District Office and in 1987, he was appointed as Deputy District Director. 

His 46 years of dedication and stalwart leadership have made our district office and resource partners one of the top small business community supporters in Southern California. 

When we asked Tony what life after retirement may be like for him, he assured us that he will be 100% retired. However, he will honor his wife’s “Honey-do Lists” and be the “Valet, Chauffer and Go-fer” for his two grandchildren. 

Anthony Vigil has earned the opportunity to enjoy more time with his family and grandchildren. Please join us in wishing him a happy and exciting retired life. 

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Ribbon Cutting for Grand Opening of the Imperial Valley
Small Business Development Center's New Office

Photo: Ribbon Cutting for Grand Opening of New Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Office

New Office Location:
1850 W. Main St., Suite C, El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: (760) 312-9800  Fax: (760) 312-9838
Email:  Web:

SBA and U.S. Labor Department Announce New Website to Help States Implement Self-Employment Assistance Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor has jointly announced a new website to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs. This announcement expands on guidance issued in May, which  included $35 million in funding for states to implement or expand these programs made possible through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

“Our job at the SBA is to provide access and opportunity to entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or expand their business,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “For entrepreneurs who find themselves unemployed, the SEA website and toolkit will help them turn small business ownership into a reality and possibly put others back to work at the same time – a win-win scenario.”
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SBA Accepting Nominations for
Small Business Innovation Research Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Two awards will be given: the “Hall of Fame” award recognizing companies that have an extended period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and product commercialization; and another, the “Tibbetts Award” with two categories, one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, and another for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs.

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