SBA July News and Events - San Diego District Office

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July 2017

San Diego District Office Newsletter

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Vista - SBA Day and Lender Fair

Photo Collage from Vista SBA Day and Lender Fair event

Photos above: Vista - SBA Day and Lender Fair event

The Vista - SBA Day and Lender Fair event, was coordinated by SBA San Diego's Lead Lender Relations Specialist Maria Hughes and Acting Lead Economic Development Specialist Mike Sovacool and hosted by the Vista Chamber of Commerce. The event was conducted on Wednesday, July 26th, at the Vista Civic Center. There were more than 60 participants at the event, which consisted of speakers from the IRS and USCIS, as well as, an attorney and an insurance agent. The presentations were followed by a lender fair at which attendees were able to meet with local lenders, and SBA resource partners, and network with other attendees.

Click here for a list of event topics and presenters

SBA Deputy Chief of Staff Visits San Diego

Photo: Levi Kinnard, Carlos Liu, Maria Hughes, Eric Jones, Cynthia Harris, Mike Sovacool and Jill Andrews

Photo above: (L to R) SBA San Diego's Economic Development Specialist (EDS) Levi Kinnard, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) Carlos Liu, and Lead Lender Relations Specialist Maria Hughes; SBA's Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Jones, SBA San Diego's EDS/Public Information Officer Cynthia Harris, Acting Lead EDS Mike Sovacool and Deputy District Director Jill Andrews.
Additional San Diego District staff not shown include: District Director Ruben Garcia, BOS Merica Lim and BOS John Engstrom

The SBA San Diego District Office had the pleasure of hosting Eric Jones, SBA’s Deputy Chief of Staff for three days, July 26th - 28th. During his visit to San Diego, Eric provided opening remarks at the Vista - SBA Day and Lender Fair event.

Eric also took time to meet with district staff to get to know them and learn a little about how each staff member contributes to the SDDO team to meet goals and assist the small business community.

San Diego Pride Festival

Photo: Maria Hughes and Marquise Jackson working an SBA/SBDC exhibit booth at the San Diego Pride Festival

Photo above: Maria Hughes, SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist and Marquise Jackson, Director, SBDC San Diego and Imperial Network, at the San Diego Pride Festival promoting the LGBT business certification and SBA/SBDC services. The festival was a  two day event attended by more than 50,000 people.

Photo: Michelle Burkart in the SBA/SBDC exhibit booth at the San Diego Pride Festival

Photo above: Michelle Burkart, MBA, SD/IV SBDC Network
Program Coordinator for the LGBTBE Biz Builder Program.

The SBDC Network, under the direction of Michelle Burkhart, created an LGBT certification program to help certified companies get Diversity Supplier contracts. Most large companies offer contracting opportunities for the LGBT.  Additional funding for the program was provided by OSBDC  based on recommendations from Eugene Cornelius who was instrumental in starting the program in San Diego the previous year.

Export University - Export Trade Finance & Insurance/Getting Paid

Another session of Export University successfully completed!

Photo: Martin Selander presenting at San Diego Export University Workshop

Photo above: Martin Selander, SBA International Trade Specialist presents on "SBA International Trade Finance Programs," at the fifth Export University workshop.

Photo: (L to R) Victor Castillo, Debbie Gelbach, Sandra Donzella, Maria Hughes and Martin Selander

Photo above: (L to R)

  • Victor Castillo, Director, San Diego CITD provided opening remarks and an overview of programs available through the CITD.
  • Debbie Gelbach, First Vice President, Banner Bank, provided "International Payment Options"
  • Sandra Donzella, Deputy Managing Director, Export-Import Bank of the U.S. - Western Region presented on "Export Credit Solutions for Export Success!"
  • Maria Hughes, SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist, San Diego provided an overview of SBA's programs and services.
  • Martin Selander, SBA International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center, Irvine, CA spoke on "SBA International Trade Finance Programs,"

This workshop was conducted on July 19th, at Point Loma Nazarene University's Mission Valley Campus.

Email Marketing: Getting Started with the Basics

Photo: John Walker presenting Email Marketing workshop

Photo above: John Walker, Co-founder and Chief Solutions Officer for Talent Evolution, presents Email Marketing workshop, to 37 attendees, at an event hosted by The Microsoft Store - Fashion Valley, on July 26th.

Photo: Fred Schlaffer

Photo-Left: Fred Schlaffer, SCORE Counselor, provided an overview of SCORE's counseling and training programs for small businesses and worked an exhibit table at the Email Marketing event.

Photo-Right: Lynn Pittman, Consultant, San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network, provided an introduction for the SD/IV SBDC Network and the SOCAL VBOC and worked an exhibit table at the Email Marketing event.

Photo: Lynn Pittman

Cynthia Harris, SBA Economic Development Specialist, coordinated this event, in conjunction with Susie Cawood, Community Development Specialist, and Joel Koch, Business Sales Specialist, from The Microsoft Store - Fashion Valley (not shown in photos above.)

Support SoCal Female Startups in August and September

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

Image: Two women in business setting (Support female startups!)

Supporting female startups in the SoCal innovation ecosystem is an actionable plan on closing the gender gap in startup funding. If you are a founder or investor, applying, attending and supporting events by accelerators and cowering spaces are key in growing the startup culture. The Hera family of collaboration and connectivity through a business accelerator, cowering space and angel investing group has four fabulous events to attend in August and September. Support female startups in Aug & Sept by applying to, RSVPing to, getting your tickets for either (or ALL) of our Hera family events: Demo / Grad Day, Hera Fast Pitch, Red Flags & Red Wine female angel pre-summit event, and our signature Hera Venture Summit. Get connected and networked in meaningful ways for efficient support of your startup or investment activities.


Join us for Export University's Final Session

Image: Graphic Banner for Export University Workshop Flyer

The next workshop in the series will be:
Export Sales Techniques/Port & Airport Services

  • Export Sales Contracts
  • Export Pricing
  • Distributor Contracts
  • Negotiating Export Terms of Sales
  • Reducing Export Risk with INCOTERMS

During this last session of Export University, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their export plan with a panel of trade professionals.

    Click here for additional information about the Export University series.

    SBA San Diego Participates in Feds Feed Families

    Photo: Donated non-perishable food items for feds feed families campaign at SBA San Diego District Office.

    Photo above: 125.5 lbs. of non-perishable food items have thus far been donated by SBA San Diego District Office staff members. Additional donations are anticipated during the month of August.

    Join us in supporting feds feed families now through August 31, 2017. 

    This year’s campaign theme is “Feds Unite Against Hunger

    Image: feds feed families logo

    Last year, SBA raised over 121,000 pounds of food nationally.  This year we plan to beat that number and achieve our goal of collecting 122,000 lbs.!

    You CAN participate by:   

    1. Bringing non-perishable food items and placing them into the designated collection box in the SBA San Diego District Office lobby, at 550 West C Street, Suite 550, San Diego, CA 92101.
    2. Donating your surplus to your local food bank, if you are a gardener.  Visit this link to learn more about this opportunity:
    3. Volunteering to harvest non-marketable produce through a process called “gleaning”.   Visit:  to learn about possible gleaning opportunities in the San Diego area.
    4. Make financial donation to Feeding San Diego -, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank -, or the food bank of your choice.

    Contact Cynthia Harris, 619-727-4884, for additional  information on coordinating a donation, a drop-off, or reporting a donation made on behalf of the SBA San Diego feds feed family campaign.

    Thank you for your support!

    Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties

    Image: 2016 San Diego Resource Guide Cover Page

    (Click on image to view our Resource Guide online.)

    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

    Communicating & Negotiating Effectively Across Cultures
    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - FREE 
    San Diego Public Library (Downtown)
    330 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Event Contact: Cynthia Harris
    (619) 727-4884

    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

    Making Money as a Speaker
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - FREE
    San Diego Public Library (Downtown)
    330 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Event Contact: Cynthia Harris
    (619) 727-4884

    Influential Networking and Selling
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - FREE
    San Diego Public Library (Downtown)
    330 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Event Contact: Cynthia Harris
    (619) 727-4884

    Sept. 11, 2017
    SBIR Road Tour
    7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - $20
    The Alexandria - Illumina Theater
    10996 Torreyana Road
    San Diego, CA 92121
    Event Contact:

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