Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Finds New Home with Imperial Regional Alliance

For Immediate Release

February 10, 2017

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Daniel Fitzgerald, Associate Regional Director San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network, dfitzgerald@swccd.edu, (619) 216-6721

Sean Wilcock, Interim Imperial Valley SBDC Director, sean@ivedc.com, (760) 353-8332

Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Finds New Home with Imperial Regional Alliance

El Centro, CA – Imperial Valley small business owners and entrepreneurs once again have a local organization hosting the Small Business Development Center in Imperial County. The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, hosted by Southwestern Community College District, earlier this year awarded a sub-recipient agreement to the Imperial Regional Alliance to be the host for the Imperial Valley SBDC.

“The Imperial Regional Alliance will be a great asset to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Imperial Valley as the host for the IVSBDC. Their knowledge and experience with economic development in Imperial County is vast. We are excited to have the IRA as part of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC team,” said Marquise Jackson, Regional Director

“Hosting the Imperial Valley SBDC will further our mission to help the economy of Imperial County,” said Tom DuBose, Chairman of the Imperial Regional Alliance. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are what made the Imperial Valley and will help grow for years to come. We are excited to be an even greater part of that growth.”

The contract was approved by Southwestern Community College District’s Governing Board on January 10th. The Imperial Regional Alliance will receive $75,000 annually as a sub-recipient of the US Small Business Administration funding for the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network.

About San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network

The San Diego and Imperial Regional SBDC Network is funded in part by the U. S. Small Business Administration. The Network is hosted by the Southwestern Community College District. Network services are provided by the South San Diego SBDC Center in National City, the North San Diego SBDC Center in Oceanside, and the Imperial Valley SBDC Center in El Centro. For more information please visit www.sdivsbdc.org.

About Imperial Regional Alliance

Imperial Regional Alliance is focused on improving economic opportunities for the residents of the region through economic development and business expansion efforts by implementing programs that align business education and workforce development with existing and emerging industries.

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Registration open for new Entrepreneurship Academy

As of May 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 15.5 million people were self-employed — an increase of 1 million from the prior year.[1] In a separate study, it is estimated that more than 40 percent of the workforce (60 million people) will be independent workers or freelancers by 2020.[2] To keep abreast of these workforce changes, SDWP partnered with Southwestern Community College District’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide training from SBDC’s Entrepreneurship Academy to workers who may want to start their own businesses or join the emerging freelance economy.

The Entrepreneurship Academy is a series of workshops that teaches participants how to start a business. In just six weeks, participants will learn about technology, business resources, legal issues, hiring practices and more. Participants will also receive at least two hours of one-on-one counseling with an expert SBDC advisor who has experience starting his/her own business. Participants must attend all 6 workshops in order to be eligible for a certificate.

The first cohort of SBDC’s Entrepreneurship Academy is scheduled to begin on June 23, 2016 with 20 participants. The second cohort is scheduled to start on August 8, 2016. Training seats are available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Entrepreneurship Academy is available at no cost to job seekers enrolled at the America’s Job Center of California (AJCC). Participants must be enrolled as Dislocated Workers, who have lost a job because his or her employer has moved, shut down, or reduced its workforce. Job seekers are encouraged to check in with their case managers at the AJCC if they are unsure whether or not they are eligible as a Dislocated Worker. All participants must have an active CalJOBS number in order to register for the Entrepreneurship Academy.

To register for the Entrepreneurship Academy, visit sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/11029.

Sources:
1. bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t09.htm
2. fastcompany.com/3049532/the-future-of-work/heres-why-the-freelancer-economy-is-on-the-rise

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SBA Now Accepting 2016 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

 

Release Date:  October 7, 2015 Contact:  Cynthia Harris (619) 727-4884
Release Number: 15-07 Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/ca/sandiego

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SBA’s Online Portal Now Accepting 2016 National  Small Business Week Awards Nominations

San Diego – The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2016 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

The dedicated website http://awards.sba.gov provides criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. For 2016, the nomination criteria have been streamlined and simplified.  In years past there were multiple forms, letters and documents required; now the nominees are only required to submit one form and questionnaire.

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week, May 2-6, 2016, include the following:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
    • One from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year

In addition to the National Small Business Week Awards listed above, the SBA San Diego District Office is seeking nominations in the categories listed below, for businesses and champions located within San Diego or Imperial Counties. Please contact Cynthia Harris at 619-727-4884 or Cynthia.harris@sba.gov for criteria and the local nomination instructions and forms.

San Diego District Only:

  • Women-Owned Small Business
  • Minority-Owned Small Business
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business
  • Family-Owned Small Business
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Small Business Journalist of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year

All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s San Diego District Office – for contact information and other District Office information visit online at www.sba.gov/ca/sandiego, call 619-727-4884 or visit in person at 550 West C Street, Suite 550, San Diego, CA 92101.

 

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SBA Recognizes SBDC’s 35th Anniversary and Contributions to the Nation’s Small Businesses

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Release Date:  September 10, 2015 Contact:  Miguel Ayala (202) 205-6420
Release Number: 15-71 Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news

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SBA Recognizes SBDC’s 35th Anniversary and Contributions to the Nation’s Small Businesses

 

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today commended the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program, the largest SBA-supported counseling and training network, on its 35 years of service to the American people.

“Over the last 35 years, millions of entrepreneurs have been able to launch and grow their businesses because of the counseling they’ve received at Small Business Development Centers across the country,” said SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet. “SBA is proud of the partnership we have with the SBDC’s and the role we’ve played in helping to fund and shape the world’s largest and strongest network of advisors. SBDCs give us a competitive advantage in the global economy. They ensure the uncommon ingenuity and hard work of our small business owners is matched by their financial acumen and mastery of business fundamentals.”

The SBDC network counseled more than 1.2 million clients from 2009 through 2014, fueled by $750 million in grants from the SBA. That has resulted in 82,000 new small businesses, access to $24 billion in capital, and $131 billion in small business revenue and sales.

SBDCs provide free counseling, as well as no-cost and low-cost training assistance, to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs through 63 lead SBDCs at more than 900 outreach locations, operating in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  A model of public-private partnership, the SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies that work in cooperation with the SBA to provide services to small businesses.  They help entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership and aid existing businesses through consulting and training services.  In fiscal year 2014, the SBDC program counseled and trained nearly 500,000 small business clients.

The America’s SBDC (ASBDC) Network President Charles “Tee” Rowe added, “America’s small businesses are truly the engine of economic growth, and for 35 years, America’s SBDCs have been like spark plugs helping to keep that engine going.  SDBCs are driving small business growth by helping to create a new business every 33 minutes and a new job every seven minutes.”

Since its start, the SBDCs services have adapted to meet the changing needs of entrepreneurs and their expanding global presence.  They continue to help entrepreneurs achieve the American dream of business ownership.

Administrator Contreras-Sweet will deliver the closing keynote at the ASBDC conference in San Francisco this week. To learn more about the SBDC program or to locate the SBDC nearest you, visit www.sba.gov/sbdc.

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GO-Biz Awards $2 Million to 41 Small Business Development Centers

GO-Biz Awards $2 Million to CA SBDC Network for Capital Infusion Assistance

Grant Expands No-Cost, One-on-One Business Advising to Help San Diego and Imperial County Small Businesses to Secure Loans and Venture Capital

SAN DIEGO – Furthering its efforts to provide greater access to capital for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the state of California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced the awarding of $197,500 to the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Network to provide one-on-one, no-cost consulting in attaining loans and venture capital.
The grant is part of a $2 million, a one-year allocation, that will benefit 41 Small Business Development Centers in California by providing crucial matching money needed to draw down a Federal grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased with the support provided by the state of California to the Small Business Development Centers to help provide needed services to those who are trying to develop new businesses or improve existing ones. “said Ruben Garcia, District Director.” We have much to do and much more to accomplish, state funding will help reach these goals. “He added.

The 2015-16 state budget signed by Governor Brown renewed the Capital Infusion Program, which provides a one-time grant to the California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. Through the competitive grant program, individual SBDCs were awarded grant funds that are to be used for one-on-one business consulting services to assist small businesses with capital infusion including SBA loans, non-SBA loans, alternative financing and non-owner equity investment.

“San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network provided assistance to more than 1,700 small businesses last year and we helped our clients access $19.45 million in capital to start and grow,” said San Diego and Imperial SBDC Regional Director Marquise Jackson.  “The matching funds that GO-Biz provides are key to our success.  We look forward to another year of helping entrepreneurs make their small business dreams a reality.”

Business owners that are interested in receiving no-cost consulting can locate their closest SBDC by visiting www.sdivsbdc.org

About the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network Program: The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful. SBDCs provide comprehensive and expert guidance on issues such as start-up basics, financing, business and marketing plan development, procurement and government contracting.  One-on-one advising is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local partners and is offered at no cost. Consulting is supplemented by low-cost or free seminars and conferences. These services are delivered throughout San Diego and Imperial counties via a network of 3 Small Business Development Centers. Learn more by visiting: www.sdivsbdc.org

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GO-Biz Awards $2 Million to CA SBDC Network for Capital Infusion Assistance

SACRAMENTO – Building on efforts to support small business owners, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced the awarding of $2 million in matching grants to 34 Small Business Development Centers throughout the state of California to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs in obtaining capital.

“Helping business owners secure the capital they need to start and grow their business is a core objective for the CA SBDC,” said Jesse Torres, Chair for the CA SBDC Leadership Council. “We are tremendously grateful to Governor Brown for his leadership in supporting small businesses in our state and to the GO-Biz team for their tenacity in making it possible for our services centers to expand their urgently needed free consulting services to entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the state.”

The 2014-15 state budget signed by Governor Brown authorized one-time grants through the creation of a new program called the Capital Infusion Program (Program). The program offers the California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network grant funding to provide one-on-one business consulting services to assist small businesses with capital infusion including SBA loans, non-SBA loans, non-traditional lending, and non-owner equity investment.

“Small business owners are the engine of the California economy and access to capital is the fuel they require to continue growing and adding jobs,” said GO-Biz Small Business Advocate Barbara Vohryzek. “The funding provided by GO-Biz will help position small business owners to better compete for loans they might not have otherwise received.”

Through the grant program, which will be matched on a one-to-one basis by federal funds, the SBDCs will deploy regional consulting programs in order to increase the number of small business owners and entrepreneurs receiving debt and private capital financing. The program will operate for a year with metrics reported out on a semi-annual basis.

Through its network of centers, California’s SBDC Network provides free consulting and low-cost training to more than 63,000 small business owners every year. The SBDC network is a national program funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration that relies on the support of match funders in order to provide regional services.

For more information on the California SBDC program, or to find a Small Business Development Center near you, go to www.californiasbdc.org.

Wells Fargo Helps Fund Small Business Development Center

NATIONAL CITY – The South San Diego Small Business Development Center will be able to increase services to small business owners, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank.

In a check presentation ceremony Jan. 20, Wells Fargo San Diego Area Bank President Ernesto Arredondo said the grant is part of the bank’s commitment to the betterment of the small business community.

“Wells Fargo is committed to supporting the financial needs of our communities,” Arredondo said. “The grant will provide much needed services to small businesses that are the backbone of our local economy. At Wells Fargo we say, ‘Small is Huge,’ and we are proud to support all of the efforts of the San Diego Small Business Development Center in helping local businesses succeed.”                 

Arredondo presented the check to Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Melinda Nish at the regular Advisory Board meeting for the San Diego – Imperial Valley Regional Small Business Development Network. South San Diego SBDC is one of three centers serving the border counties in California.

“These funds will help us to serve additional businesses in the San Diego region,” said Aleta Wilson, San Diego – Imperial Valley SBDC Regional Director. “At the South San Diego SBDC, we are committed to helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals by starting and growing their businesses. Our team of Business Advisors has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help small business owners in all areas,”

 In addition to Arrendondo, Wells Fargo was represented by Wendell French, VP Community Development Officer; Daniel Stracener, District Manager; and Luis Gonzalez, Assistant VP Regional Corporate Communications.

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