Thank you from the Frsno SBA District Team

Fresno District Office  - December 2019

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Thank you from the Fresno SBA District Team

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n behalf of the Fresno SBA District Office, THANK YOU for a wonderful 2019! 

Unemployment is at its lowest level in 50 years - 266,000 new jobs were created in November alone.  Wages rose by more than 3%, and  consumer optimism is at its highest level in 20 years.  With small businesses creating 2 of every 3 net new jobs, our country’s entrepreneurs have made huge contributions to the economic growth that every one of us benefits from - - and we appreciate each of you who has supported small businesses this year.     

Because of the hard work of our lending partners,  the SBA guaranteed more than $416 million in small business loans in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast SBA District in 2019 – a 20% increase over 2018’s loan volume.  The impact of this small business capital shines around the region – new buildings under construction, long standing companies announcing plans for expansion, and more businesses opening their doors 

SBA’s Resource Partners supported entrepreneurs and small business owners all over Central California and the Central Coast this year.  These trusted, skilled organizations provided training, and conducted workshops.  They counseled, mentored, and supported companies at all stages of growth, from new ventures that needed help with a business plan, to long standing firms that sold to new owners.  Both in times of growth - and in times of challenge-  SBDC, SCORE, and the Women’s Business Centers came through in a big way for local entrepreneurs in 2019.

Once again this year,  the SBA worked with our San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast stakeholders.  Together, we helped small businesses learn how to export,  taught them to compete in the Federal contracting marketplace, and helped them prepare to get capital. 19 firms graduated from the seven month “SBA MBA” Emerging Leaders program.  We recognized our 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year, and celebrated Small Business Saturday.  Again and again this year, local partners enthusiastically helped the SBA on a variety of projects, big and small! 

As 2019 closes, please know how much we value and appreciate your collaboration, support, and efforts. 

Over the last two years, the Fresno SBA District team has worked hard to be a valued, and value added partner to the important work that our lenders, resource partners, community stakeholders, and others are doing to support the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Thank you for the opportunity to work alongside and with you.  We celebrate your successes – and we’re so glad you’ve been part of ours.

I hope you stay in touch with the SBA this coming year – follow us on Twitter (@SBA_Fresno), and sign up to get our messages about upcoming events (SUBSCRIBE).   The Fresno SBA District is here to serve you so if there’s an event you think the SBA should be at, there’s an opportunity we need to be part of, or (my favorite!) you want tell me how SBA programs made a difference for a small business you know or worked with, please email me (dawn.golik@sba.gov) or give me a call (559) 487-5791 x.2705.  I’d love to hear from you.

So on behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Fresno District Office proudly serving California’s San Joaquin Valley & Central Coast, thanks for everything you did to make it a great 2019.  We can’t wait to work with you again in 2020.