SBA April News and Events - San Diego District Office

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April 2017

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

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SBA National Award Winners

Photo: Michael Bilodeau and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

Photo above: Michael Bilodeau, President, IO Environmental and Infrastructure was recognized as the SBA's National Subcontractor of the Year by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, at the SBA's Small Business Week Awards Event, in Washington, D.C.

Photo: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, Lars Herman and Ivanka Trump 2

Photo above: Lars Herman, President, Herman Construction Group, Inc. was recognized as the second runner-up for the National Small Business Person of the Year Award  by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, and Ivanka Trump at the SBA's Small Business Week Awards Event, in Washington, D.C.

Photojournalism above by: Rodney Bailey Photography
Note: Photos above have been cropped to fit document.

SBA Day and Lender Fair in Ramona

The SBA San Diego District Office conducted a successful SBA Day and Lender Fair, on April 19th, at the Ramona Women's Club, in Ramona, California. The event was hosted by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce.

Photo Collage of SBA Day in Ramona

    Photos above: (Top) Tony Knott, of the California Board of Equalization provided a presentation on California Small Business Permits and Taxes.

    (Row Two Left to Right) Maricela Segura, of the Federal Trade Commission provided Cyber Security Tips to attendees and Realuz Bisa, of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services gave attendees an update on the new I-9 Form requirements for employees and the E-Verify system.

    (Row Three) Event exhibitors

    (Row Four) Tom Ladegaard, Attorney, spoke on the Legal aspects of being in business.

    Also, Rafaelle Brooke and her associate, U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided an overview of the USDA's Programs and Loans (Photo not available.)

    Presentations were followed by a Lenders Fair, One-on-One Counseling, and Networking with Presenters and Fellow Attendees.

    Exhibitors included representatives from SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, the SOCAL Veterans Business Outreach Center, several local lending institutions and some Ramona Chamber of Commerce business members.

    SBA thanks the Ramona Chamber of Commerce for helping us coordinate this event and for the fabulous food provided for all participants.

    MEXPORT Expo

    Photo: Jill Andrews and Alejandra Mier y Teran 2

    Photo above:  SBA Deputy District Director Jill Andrews provides opening remarks. (Right) Alejandra Mier y Teran, Executive Director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, moderated the opening ceremony at MEXPORT.

    Photo: Cynthia Harris assists MEXPORT attendee

    Photo above: (Right) Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer, assists MEXPORT attendee. 

    MEXPORT is an annual cross border business expo, in the Cali-Baja region promoting trade and business opportunities. This year, MEXPORT, hosted by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, had 125 booths and approximately 2,000 attendees. A diverse group of industrial suppliers and service providers participate in this important trade show every year.

    Export University - Internet Export Marketing

    Photo: Carrie Brooks

    Photo above: Carrie Brooks, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center - San Diego was a featured presenter at the second session of Export University. She provided attendees with a variety of online resources to help them research their export markets and connect with foreign buyers.

    Photo: Lynn Hijar

    Photo above: Lynn R. Hijar, President & CEO, iBiz247 Network, also a featured presenter, provided additional resources to help attendees find and enter new export markets and utilize digital tools to find international business opportunities.

    Also, Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer, provided an overview of SBA's programs and services, highlighting export assistance programs; and Victor Castillo, Director, San Diego CITD, provided opening remarks and a presentation on ways to locate and participate in foreign and domestic trade shows, as well as, how to take advantage of the CalSTEP program to help finance participation in international trade shows.

    Join us for Export University's Third Session

    The next workshop in the series will be:
    May 17 - Legal, Contractual and Regulatory Aspects (Trade Compliance)

    This session of Export University - Legal, Contractual, and Regulatory Aspects (Trade Compliance) will cover:

    • Role of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Rules of Origin
    • International Sales and Distributors Contracts
    • Accepted Definitions
    • Rules of Interpretation for Most Common Commercial Terms
    • Property Protection (IPP) Markets / International
    • Customs Clearance Overseas

    Click here for additional information about the Export University series.

    Why join a business accelerator?

    Graphic: Three different scenes depicting smiling women.

    (Edited graphic) Original by: Hera Labs LAUNCH & SCALE Intensives: made in Canva

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

    Why join a business accelerator? Wonderful support, validated blueprints, industry-specific mentors, and the carved out time to work on the launch of a new business idea or scale an existing business. Why join a female-focused accelerator? Finding your tribe, increased confidence and like-minded instructors and advisors who have the philosophy of "support as you rise”. Are you ready to launch a biz idea or just are stuck on growing your own existing business? Hera Labs is a business accelerator for female entrepreneurs that equips you in executing on your goals towards growth in a validated method for businesses. Here is an article about the top 10 reasons to join a LAUNCH or SCALE intensive program.


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    Upcoming Events

    Export University Session 3 of 6
    Legal, Contractual and Regulatory Aspects (Trade Compliance)
    Wednesday, May 17, 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

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    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

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