SBA March News and Events - San Diego District Office

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March 2017

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

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Carlos Figari Hosts SBARadio Show

Photo: Carlos Figari hosting SBA Radio at wsradio studio

Photo above - Carlos Figari, Director, SOCAL VBOC, hosts SBARadio Show, at the WSRadio studio.

Thank you Carlos for standing in for Ruben Garcia as the SBARadio Show host.

Listen to SBARadio every Thursday, from 11AM - 12PM (PDT.)

(Click Here to listen to the show or hear archived shows)

Small Business Industry Trade Day

Photo: Cynthia Harris, Victor Castillo, Felicia Felder and Ivette Jorge

Photo above: (left to right) Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer, San Diego; Victor Castillo, Director, Center for International Trade Development; Felicia Felder, CBP, Chief of Staff, Office of Trade Relations; and Ivette Jorge, CBP Small Business Specialist, San Diego

Small Business Industry Trade Day was hosted by: U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide information to small businesses interested in or already involve in international trade. The focus was on rules and regulations pertaining to importing, however, a small business resources panel provided information about resources available to assist with all aspects of international trade.

SBA Hosted Two Workshops Presented by Tony Wilkins

Photo: Tony Wilkins presenting a workshopPhoto: Tony Wilkins presenting a workshop 2

Photos above: Tony Wilkins, host, Internet Radio Show: Small Business Forum Radio, author and columnist, presenting workshops at SBA San Diego District Office.

Tony Wilkins presented two workshops at the SBA San Diego District Office, on March 21st, Increasing your supplemental income-Top ways to generate revenue in 30-60 days and Influential Networking and Selling: How to grow your business and increase revenue in 30 days.

We look forward to having him back again in August of 2017.

Export University - Is Exporting for Me?

Photo: Victor Castillo

Photo above: (Top)  Victor Castillo, Director, San Diego CITD, provided opening remarks and a presentation on Assessing and Planning Your Export Potential.

Photo Collage: Cynthia Harris, Jim MacClellan, Phillip Finiello

Photos above: (left to right) Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer, provided an overview of SBA's programs and services, highlighting export assistance programs; Jim MacClellan, Director of Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles, gave two presentations, one on Exporting to the World from Southern California and the other on Producing an Export Business Plan; Phillip Finiello, Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, provided an overview of programs and services offered by USCS, to assist exporters both domestically and overseas.

Image: Export University Graphic

The San Diego CITD, in collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles, Port of San Diego, U.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District Office, U.S. Commercial Service, San Diego & Imperial District Export Council, and the World Trade Center San Diego, is hosting a series of advanced workshops called Export University. Workshops in the series are designed to help U.S. companies optimize their export potential and increase international sales.

The next workshop in the series will be:
April 12 - Internet Export Marketing - Establish Effective Branding Online

Develop High Impact Internet Advertising Strategies Identify Key Internet Research Sites 
Website Automation for Overseas Markets Finding & Entering New Export 

Click here for additional information about the Export University series.

Help us Celebrate our Local Award Winners on May 4th

National Small Business Week

San Diego SBA and North San Diego SBDC
Small Business Awards Luncheon

We will be recognizing 16 award winning small businesses and small business champions this year. Come help us celebrate their success. (Click here for full list of winners.)

The Awards Luncheon will be held May 4th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the San Diego Marriott
4240 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Register for individual seats at:
Register for a table at: (Logos for table sponsors must be submitted by April 7th to be included in event video and publications. Submit to:

 We look forward to seeing you at our Awards Luncheon.

Click here for SBA National Awards Events >>

The Secret to Success for Hanging Secrets Founder

Image: graphic for Hera Labs alumni profile with photo of Frances Prado

Submitted by: Silvia Mah, PhD, MBA, CEO, Hera Labs
2015 and 2016 SBA Accelerator Grant Recipient

Frances Prado, CEO and Inventor of Hanging Secrets, has arrived at success and credits this success in part to lessons she learned through the Hera Labs business accelerator. 

Hera Labs assisted Prado when she was at the launch stage of her business. Through Hera Labs, which addresses the needs of female entrepreneurs, Prado learned how to assess the features and benefits of the product she invented and patented.

Hanging Secrets, which offers women a new solution to hang, organize, protect and find their lingerie at home or on go is now available on HSN through Project American Dreams, a business competition for Latina/Latino entrepreneurs. Prado is the daughter of immigrant field workers and today is among the 3 percent of Latinas ever granted a patent in the United States.



Image: SBDC Day Logo - #SBDCDAY

March 22, 2017 was SBDC Day. 

A national, collective proclamation of the success and impact of America’s Small Business Development Centers.

Image: SBDC Day graphic of top half of U.S. with small business photos inserted into the states.

Did you know that in 2016 SBDCs…..
served 70,000 long term clients
created more than 14,500 new businesses
generated more than $5 billion in Capital Infusion

Group Photo: San Diego and Imperial Valley SBDC Network

Photo above: The people responsible for producing results for the San Diego and Imperial Valley SBDC Network.

The San Diego and Imperial Valley SBDC Network includes three Centers:

North San Diego SBDC - Carlsbad, CA

South San Diego SBDC - National City, CA

Imperial Valley SBDC - El Centro, CA

The SDIVSBDC Network conducted 306 training events, with a total of 3,749 attendees, and counseled 1,741 clients, in 2016. As a result, The Network assisted 97 start-up businesses, generated $24.5 million in capital infusion and helped create or retain 275 jobs in 2016.

Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Finds New Home with Imperial Regional Alliance

Submitted by: Marquise Jackson, Director, SDIV SBDC Network

 Imperial Valley small business owners and entrepreneurs once again have a local organization hosting the Small Business Development Center in Imperial County. The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, hosted by Southwestern Community College District, earlier this year awarded a sub-recipient agreement to the Imperial Regional Alliance to be the host for the Imperial Valley SBDC.


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2016 Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties

Image: 2016 San Diego Resource Guide Cover Page

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Articles, photos, 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.

Upcoming Events

Export University Session 2 of 6
Internet Export Marketing – Establish Effective Branding Online
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - $15
Point Loma Nazarene University - Mission Valley Campus
4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
Event Contact: San Diego CITD
(619) 482-6393

7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference
April 12, 2017
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - $80
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614
Event Contact:
SBA Santa Ana District Office

Ramona SBA Day and
Lender Fair
April 19, 2017
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - FREE
Ramona Library
1275 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065

May 10, 2017
Mobile Apps for
Small Businesses Workshop
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - FREE
The Microsoft Store
Mission Valley
7007 Friars Rd, Suite 860
San Diego, CA 92108

June 13, 2017
Small Business for Military Spouses Workshop
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - FREE
Chamber of Commerce
928 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
Event Contact: John Engstrom

SBARadio Show Banner - Ruben Garcia

Every Thursday
11AM - 12PM
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