SBA April Newsletter - San Diego District Office

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April 2016

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

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MEXPORT Industrial Tradeshow

Photo: Alexjandra Mier y Teran and Ruben Garcia at MEXPORT

Photo above: (left to right) Alejandra Mier y Teran, executive director, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, with Ruben Garcia, SBA district director, San Diego. Ruben provided opening remarks at MEXPORT 2016's inauguration. 

Photo: Victor Castillo, Rachel Fischer and Ruben Garcia at MEXPORT

Photo above: (left to right) Victor Castillo, director, San Diego Center for International Trade Development; Rachel Fischer, Director, 
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center; and Ruben Garcia, SBA district director, San Diego.

Photo: Cynthia Harris at MEXPORT Exhibit Booth

Photo above: Cynthia Harris, SBA district international trade officer, San Diego, worked an exhibit booth at MEXPORT 2016.
Thank you Victor Castillo for sharing the CITD's exhibit booth with SBA. 

Women's Mega Mixer

Photo: Merica Lim assisting an attendee at the Women's Mega Mixer

Photo above: Merica Lim, SBA business opportunities specialist, San Diego (right) assists attendee, at the SBA exhibit table, at the Women's Mega Mixer.

California Foundation Fund FutureBoss Competition

Youth Entrepreneurship Program Inauguration and Graduation

Photo: Maria Hughes, Mayor Morrison, Ruben Garcia and Miguel Vasquez

Photo above: (left to right) Maria Hughes, SBA lead lender relations specialist, San Diego; National City Mayor Ron Morrison; Ruben Garcia, SBA district director, San Diego; and Miguel Vasquez, CEO/chair, California Foundation Fund at the FutureBoss Inauguration.

FutureBoss is a unique program that targets high school seniors and juniors who are identified through an application process as promising young entrepreneurs. The program and its curriculum, created by the California Foundation Fund, are taught by university faculty and mentors at Alliant International University.

Learn more about the FurtureBoss Competition >>

Group photo: FutureBoss Inauguration participants

Photo above: FutureBoss Inauguration participants.

Group photo: FutureBoss graduates and participants

Photo above: FutureBoss graduation participants.

Photo: Ruben Garcia, Briana Yarenny Prado and Miguel Vasquez

Photo above: Ruben Garcia, SBA district director, San Diego; Briana Yarenny Prado, FutureBoss 1st place award winner from Eastlake High School; and Miguel Vasquez, CEO/chair, California Foundation Fund

2nd place winner | Eric Izaguirre, Sweetwater High

3rd place winner | Cassidy Hanses, Sweetwater High

Learn more about the winners and their presentations >>

El Latino San Diego Client Appreciation Mixer and Celebrando Latinas 2016 Kick-off Event

Photo: Ruben Garcia and Fanny Miller

Photo above: (left to right) Ruben Garcia, SBA district director, San Diego and Fanny Miller, publisher/editor-in-chief, El Latino San Diego at the El Latino San Diego Client Appreciation Mixer and Celebrando Latinas 2016 Kick-off event.

Ruben attended this El Latino event and also participated in an interview which resulted in an article in El Latino titled "Crecen negocios en casa, informó líder de SBA en SD, quien dijo que frente a las dificultades, se avizora un panorama optimista" - See more at:

Welcome Dean Dickau

Photo: Ruben Garcia, Dean Dickau, and Nicholas Manalisay

Photo above: (left to right) Ruben Garcia, SBA district director, San Diego; Dean Dickau, SBA procurement center representative, San Diego; and Nicholas Manalisay, SBA Acting Area Director for Government Contracting/Area VI

Dean Dickau assumed the Procurement Center Representative (PCR) position for San Diego on May 2nd.

Dean was the deputy of small business programs at the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Pacific located at Point Loma in San Diego, CA. He held that position for over four years. Prior to this, Dean was a contracting officer at SSC Pacific. And prior to that, Dean spent several years with various federal procurement centers as a contract specialist. Early on in Dean’s career, he owned and operated his own landscaping business. 

Dean is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and a Master of Science (MS) in Business Administration. Most recently, Dean earned a Masters of Business Administration, specialized in Management, from National University.

Kathleen Moran Retires with 37 Years of Federal Service

Photo: Kathleen Moran

Kathleen Moran transferred to the Small Business Administration (SBA), from the Library of Congress, in the fall of 1985.  She served a total of 37 years as a civilian federal employee, 31 of which have been with the SBA’s San Diego District Office. Until late 2006 she held the position of Information Receptionist, at that time, she was promoted to the position of Program Support Assistant.

Kathleen was an enthusiastic greeter for the office, and she always had a smile and a friendly word for visitors, both in person and by telephone. In addition to her SBA duties, she brightened the office lobby by bring flowers from her mother’s garden each week. She was definitely an asset to the San Diego District Office and SBA.

Export Workshop Series

June 9th and August 18th

The third export workshop, in the series, will be held on June 9th at Pt. Loma Nazarene University's Mission Valley Campus and will focus on finding foreign buyers and may also include some documentation guidance. Followed by an Export Logistics and Transportation workshop to be held on August 18th at the same location. The cost for each workshop is $15.
Contact the San Diego CITD at 619-482-6393 or for more information on these upcoming workshops.

SBA National News

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SBA Blogs

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Articles and linked information included in this newsletter are for informational purposes only and do not indicate an endorsement by SBA of the views, opinions, products or services of any person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

2015 Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties

Image: Cover of 2015 Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties

(Click on image to view our 2015 resource guide online.)

Upcoming Events

May 5th
Small Business Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
San Diego Bayside
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
$75 per Seat
Click Here to register.
Contact: Jill Andrews,
619-727- 4885,

SBA's Contracting and Certification Workshop Series - All Free
9:30 am - 11:30 pm PST
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

May 4, 2016
How to Qualify for HubZone Certification

May 18, 2016
How to Qualify for Women-Owned Small Business Certification(s)

Next series to start June 8th. E-flyer coming soon!

Contact: Levi Kinnard,(619) 727-4878

Online Training and Webinars

The Recovery Through Retrofit Initiative: Creating Jobs and Saving Homeowners Money

Introduction to Accounting

How to Prepare Government Contract Proposals

Selling Your Business

All upcoming Healthcare Reform Webinars

Webinars are being offered in English and in Spanish.

SBARadio Show

Every Thursday
11AM - 12PM
(Click Here to listen to the show or hear archived shows)

Lender Report

(Click above to download Excel document)