SBA San Diego - Remembering Pre-COVID-19 Events

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Remembering Pre-COVID-19 Events

Looking forward to connecting with our
small business community in person again.


National Center for American Indian Economic Development (NCAIED) - Annual Reservation Economic Summit – RES 2020

Photo: Jamye Pritchett Solorzano and Hazel Beck


Photo above: (left to right) SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist 
Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, and SoCal Veterans Business Outreach Center Director Hazel Beck wearing red in support of honoring the awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  

The SoCal VBOC and the SBA San Diego District Office participated in the annual Reservation Economic Summit – RES 2020 – hosted by NCAIED at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. RES 2020 included valuable training and learning experiences and the opportunity to connect Native Veterans with over six VBOCs nationwide. Attendees included Tribal Leaders/Members from across the U.S., Native Lenders, Government Agencies, Native Small Businesses and Resource Partners. A special highlight from the Summit included an in-person presentation from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.

San Diego County is home to 18 Native American Tribes including a large percentage of Military Veterans. Over the past year, the SoCal VBOC and the SBA San Diego District Office have partnered to deliver more business development services to local Native American Tribes. 


State of California - Federal Surplus Property Program Training for 8(a) Program Participants

Photos from SBA/Calif. DGS Workshop: Ruben Garcia, Carlos Liu, and DGS Representative


Photos above: SBA San Diego's District Director Ruben Garcia (top left) and Lead Business Opportunity Specialist Carlos Liu provide opening remarks for a workshop on the State of California's Federal Surplus Property Program for SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program participants. Topic presentation provided by a representative from the State of California's Department of General Services-Office of Fleet and Asset Management (bottom). 

The State of California's Federal Surplus Property Program is a personal property re-utilization program administered by the Department of General Services-Office of Fleet and Asset Management. 

Personal Property is property that was purchased by the Federal Government with federal tax dollars. When the property is no longer needed for it’s original use, it is made available to be re-utilized at the state level to qualified Donee’s through the Federal Surplus Property Program.

SBA's 8(a) BD Program participants are eligible for this program.

The U.S. General Services Administration offers this program throughout the United States and its territories. 

Contact a State Agency for a Surplus Property (SASP-representative, in your applicable geographic location, to confirm eligibility. Find yours here.


San Diego Business Summit

Photo: Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, Rachel Cohen, and Lisa Tomselli


Photo above SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, San Diego Workforce Partnership Business Partnerships Team Lead Rachel Cohen, and ShowTec, Inc. Director of Business Development Lisa Tomaselli. All women in the photo are SDSU alumnae.

SBA and San Diego Workforce Partnership deliver service to hundreds of small business owners at the North San Diego Business Chamber's San Diego Business Summit.  


8(a) Business Development Program Workshop at the San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Photos from 8(a) BD Program workshop at the SOCAL PTAC: Merica Le and Carlos Liu presenting


Photos above: SBA San Diego's Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) Merica Le, and Lead BOS Carlos Liu presented a workshop on SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program at the San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in National City, CA. The workshop covered 8(a) program benefits, how to apply, the 8(a) mentor-protégé program, and 8(a) joint ventures.


San Diego State University Volunteer Leaders Event

Group photo: Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, Dr. Adela De La Torre, and Ruben Garcia


Photo above: (left to right) SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist and SDSU alumna Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, San Diego State University President Dr. Adela De La Torre, and SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia.

The SBA San Diego District Office merges Academia with Government to create powerful relationships aimed at serving future generations of entrepreneurs. Over 100 volunteers spanning business, non-profit, faculty, students, and alumni attended this event.  


Imperial Valley Business Expo

Group photo at Imperial Valley Business Expo - SBDC/SBA Exhibit Booth


Photo above: (left to right) Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. Investor Relations Rep. Victor Ramirez, SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, and the Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center's Business Advisors Martin Calderon and Veronica Alvarez, and Director Meredith Garcia work an exhibit table and network with attendees at the Imperial Valley Business Expo.


The Rosie Network Veteran's Event

Photo: Mike Sovacool, Darius Mahajer, Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, and Hazel Beck at The Rosie Network Event.


Photo above: (left to right) SBA San Diego Deputy District Director Mike Sovacool, Main Street Launch/Veteran Launch Senior V.P. So. Cal. Darius Mahajer, SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, and SoCal Veterans Business Outreach Center Director Hazel Beck.

Empowering veterans and military spouses to realize the American dream of small business ownership is the goal at a recent event by The Rosie Network.


SBA San Diego District Making Connections 

Collage of three group photos taken at the SBA San Diego District Office.

Photos above: (Top left photo) SBA San Diego's District Director (DD) Ruben Garcia (left), Deputy District Director Michael Sovacool (photographer), and Economic Development Specialist (EDS) Jamye Pritchett Solorzano (right), met with Tayde Aburto of the U.S. Business Association of E-Commerce to strategize on ways to support small business. 

(Photo on right) SBA San Diego DD Ruben Garcia (photographer) and EDS Jamye Pritchett Solorzano (center), met with Vanessa Cadena of Opus Bank (left), and Alma Miluso of Lee and Associates (right) to discuss opportunities for SBA to reach more women in business.  

(Bottom left photo) (Left to right) SBA San Diego's Lead Business Opportunity Specialist Carlos Liu (left), DD Ruben Garcia (next) and EDS Jamye Pritchett Solorzano (in blue), met with SoCal Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Director Hazel Beck (in grey floral top) and Executive Leadership members of the Pala Tribe – Pala Band of Mission Indians to explore opportunities for SBA and the VBOC to share our programs and resources with Pala tribe members interested in entrepreneurship. SBA thanks Pala Tribal leadership for their help in sharing SBA's COVID-19 assistance programs with their members.

SBA also thanks the Better Business Bureau Pacific Southwest-San Diego Campus for including the SBA San Diego District Office in their webinar series "Building trust in trying times" providing guidance for our local small business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.(No photo available)


SBA San Diego is Especially Thankful for Our Local Resource Partners

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Our local resource partner organizations have assisted thousands of small business owners navigate and apply for SBA's various COVID-19 financial assistance programs, prepare for funding, and modify their day-to-day functions to accommodate the stay-at-home edicts and remain viable. We thank our partner organization's staff members, consultants, and volunteer counselors who have put in countless hours helping San Diego and Imperial Valley small businesses during this difficult time.

We encourage you to seek guidance from our local resource partner organizations:

Don't forget to check their event calendars for LIVE and recorded webinars.


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