San Diego, CA – Representatives from the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network and the San Diego SBA District office will be present to speak at the upcoming GrowBiz Conference and SBA Awards Luncheon on Friday, August 17th from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm at the Double Tree Hotel in Mission Valley.  For more information and to reserve tickets please visit Early registration is $49 through August 10, 2012. After August 10, tickets will be $69. Table reservations are available.
Presenters were selected for their insights into social media, cloud computing, sales tactics, website development, business synergies, and new industry trends. Attendees will learn from the best of the best including: Darnell Holloway of YELP!; Rhonda Abrams of The Planning Shop; Eric Lund of CONVIS; Jenn Barber, Senior Social Media Strategist from SiteLab Interactive; Chris Murch from Captain Email, Tiffany Bromfield of the BID Council, Caz Taylor from BizVid Communications; and representatives from Jimdo; and Constant Contact. There will also be a procurement panel featuring San Diego Housing Authority, San Diego Unified School District and RQ Construction. Opportunities for business owners to schedule one-on-one appointments with buyers and small business advocates will be available.

Workshops will focus on growing brands, sales, profit, and business opportunities. The annual SBA Awards Luncheon featuring renown author and columnist, Rhonda Abrams, will follow the workshops recognizing successful businesses and outstanding business advocates within the region.

“The caliber of presenters and their willingness to help small businesses is outstanding as well as inspiring. Their participation will make the GrowBiz conference a success and an annual event,” said Debbie Trujillo, Regional Director of the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Regional Network. “We are excited to offer valuable industry tools while recognizing the accomplishments of small business in our region,” continued Trujillo.

The GrowBIz Conference and Small Business Awards Luncheon will encourage and educate small business owners, representatives from business organizations, executives, business service providers, sales and marketing directors and legislative representatives.

About the San Diego and Imperial Region Small Business Development Center Network:

The Mission of the SBDC is to provide superior business consulting and education that results in entrepreneurial success and economic growth and prosperity for California. Over the last five years the SBDC Network has assisted more than 12,000 businesses.

Under the guidance of professional advisers, clients have generated more than $41 million in capital infusion in the local economy. The SBDC offers guidance on how to reduce the cost of operations, increase sales and market share, financing, money management, exporting internationally, online marketing, patent and technology commercialization, and market research. Consulting is paid for by the SBA and other funding sources for businesses that are ready to grow and is available in a private setting at one of four full-service centers and six outreach locations. To learn more about how to grow a business go to, or call 619.482.6388.