SBA June News and Events - San Diego District Office

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June 2017

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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

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Export University - Logistics & Shipping Documents

Photo: June Export University Audience

Photo above: Brenda Rensfield, Director of International Operations, WorldTrans Services, Inc. provides attendees with information about the role of a freight forwarder, negotiating freight rates and air/sea cargo.

Photo: Brenda Rensfield

Photo left: Brenda Rensfield, Director of International Operations, WorldTrans Services, Inc.

Photo right: Allen Vigil, Director of Business Development, Grupo Logistics, spoke on cost/benefit analysis, and export packaging & labeling.

Photo: Allen Vigil
Photo: Yvonne Dealcruz

Photo left: Yvonne Dealcruz, CBP/San Diego Field Office Trade Supervisor & ACE Ambassador provided an overview of the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in U.S. export and import transactions.

Cynthia Harris, SBA District International Trade Officer, provided an overview of SBA's programs and services. (Not shown in above photos.)

Also, Victor Castillo, Director, San Diego CITD, provided opening remarks and an overview of programs available through the CITD. (Not shown in photos above.)

This workshop was conducted on June 21st, at Point Loma Nazarene University's Mission Valley Campus.

Two Webinars Successfully Completed on the SBA Community Advantage Loan for the Arts and Entertainment Industry

Economic Impact of the Entertainment Industry

  • The U.S media and entertainment industry (“M&E“), is comprised of businesses that produce and distribute motion pictures, television programs, streaming content, music and audio recordings, broadcast, radio, book publishing and video games.

  • The U.S. Dept. of Commerce indicates the U.S. M&E market represents a third of the global entertainment industry and is the largest M&E market in the world.

  • Price Waterhouse Coopers estimates the global M&E industry will generate $771 billion by 2019.

    Above data compiled and provided by: Andrea DaSilva, Global Team Lead, Media & Entertainment, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

    Webinar presenters included:

    Special thanks to Sudershan Shaunak at the North San Diego Small Business Development Center for hosting the webinars.

    Click here for basic guidelines for this loan program.

    For additional information about this loan program, contact Jill Andrews, 619-727-4885 or

    Click here to learn about all of SBA's loan programs.

    Hera Fast Pitch - Call for Applications

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

    Image: Graphic header for Hera Fast Pitch - A Pre-Summit Event - Presented by: Hera Venture Summit Building Bridges -Innovation-Funding-Success

    Call for Applications for 3rd Annual “Hera Fast Pitch” Contest

    Women seeking funding and in-kind services are invited to apply for the chance to pitch in San Diego’s third annual female founder pitch contest.

    Calling all fempreneurs! Hera Labs, a business accelerator for female entrepreneurs, Hera Angels, an angel investing group for women, and Hera Hub have just announced the call for applications for their third annual pitch contest, Hera Fast Pitch, the only female founder pitch contest in San Diego. Interested startups and small businesses are invited to visit Hera Labs Facebook page for more information and to apply by the August 17, 2017 deadline.


    Join us for Export University's Fifth Session

    Image: Graphic Banner for Export University Workshop Flyer

    The next workshop in the series will be:
    July 19 - Export Trade Finance & Insurance/Getting Paid

    • Balancing Risk Between Seller and Buyer
    • Selecting International Payment Methods 
    • Using Insurance to Protect Against Default 
    • Financing Your Export Growth with Extended Credit 
    • Protecting Against Foreign Exchange Risk 

      Click here for additional information about the Export University series.

      SBA Launches New HUBZONE Maps and Partners with U.S. Digital Service to Streamline and Enhance Online Services for Small Businesses

      SBA's HUBZone map has a fresh new look. Check it out at

      SBA is pleased to announce a brand new version of the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) map at  The HUBZone map is the first step in the HUBZone modernization effort, which is part of an ambitious transformation of all of SBA’s federal contracting programs.  The map helps small businesses in urban and rural communities understand if they qualify for preferential access to contracts.  It features the latest HUBZone designations, including Qualified Disaster Areas, as well as new features to improve usability and aid in HUBZone address assertions. The HUBZone team will go over the new map functionality during its office hours.  HUBZone office hours are every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2-3pm ET, via this toll free number: 1-888-858-2144, access code 5540055#
      HUBZone website:

      CA 15092-09 SBA Tops $10 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

      Disaster photo

      Regional Administrator Michael Vallante of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that SBA has approved more than $10 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents impacted by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017. According to Vallante, SBA has approved $4,738,800 for businesses and $5,283,300 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

      “Although the deadline to apply for property damage loans has expired, small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may continue to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business or nonprofit organization suffered any property damage,” Vallante said.


      IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams

      The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims.

      “We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many of these are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card. Taxpayers can avoid these and other tricky financial scams by taking a few minutes to review the tell-tale signs of these schemes.”

      Click here to learn about scams to watch for and more >>

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      Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties

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      Articles, photos, events, 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 5 of 6
      Export Trade Finance & Insurance/Getting Paid
      Wednesday, July 19, 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

      SAVE-THE-DATE - July 26, 2017
      SBA DAY in Vista
      8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Free
      Vista Civic Center
      200 Civic Center Drive
      Vista, CA 92084
      Event Contact: Maria Hughes,
      (619) 727-4871
      (Watch for Additional Details)

      Export University Session 6 of 6
      Export Sales Techniques/Port & Airport Services
      Wednesday, August 16, 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

      SBARadio Show Banner - Ruben Garcia

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      11AM - 12PM
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