Dec 14 2018

SBA News and Updates from the San Diego District Office

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Event Highlights

2018 NAGGL Annual Conference in San Diego, CA

Photo: Linda McMahon

Photo above: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon keynotes the 2018 National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders Annual Conference in San Diego. 

The lenders in attendance help entrepreneurs access loans guaranteed by SBA. The SBA is now processing all loans electronically, so borrowers can efficiently and effectively get funding to start, grow, or expand their small businesses!

Photo: Jamye Pritchett Solorzano and Ruben Garcia

Photo above: (Left to right) SBA San Diego's Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano and District Director Ruben Garcia, at the SBA exhibit at the 2018 NAGGL Annual Conference in San Diego.

13th Annual Honor Our Veterans Parade & Ceremony

Photo: Angela Rosendale, Captain Myles Esmele, LCDR Henry Martinez II, Ruben Garcia, and Elia Bean

Photo above: (Left to right) Veteran's Elementary School Principal Angela Rosendale; US Navy Captain Myles Esmele; Lieutenant commander Henry A. Martinez II; SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia; and Art by Elia Artist and Business Owner Elia Bean.

SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia provided opening remarks during the ceremony and also presented LCDR Henry A. Martinez II with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts in coordinating the 13th Annual Honor Our Veterans Parade & Ceremony.

4th Annual SoCal Business Connect Summit

Photo: Natalie Orta, Cynthia Harris, and Paul Smith

Photo above: (Left to right) SBA Orange County/Inland Empire (OCIE) District Office Senior Area Manager Natalie Orta; SBA San Diego DO Economic Development Specialist (EDS) and District International Trade Officer (DITIO) Cynthia Harris; and SBA OCIE DO EDS and DITO Paul Smith, at the 4th Annual SoCal Business Connect Summit, in Riverside, CA. A large procurement and international trade event coordinated by the County of Riverside's Economic Development Agency, Office of Foreign Trade, and Purchasing and Fleet Services. Participating organizations included: SBA's OCIE District Office, the SBDC California - Orange County Inland Empire Network, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce - International Trade Administration, and the California Centers for International Trade Development. Many other organizations participated in this event including local, state, and federal procuring agencies for the procurement matchmaking sessions, which were conducted by appointment throughout the day. 

62nd Annual 2018 Cattle Call

Celebrating Our Western Tradition

Photo: New growth of planted crop rows in Brawley

SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano spent a day in the rural town of Brawley, California, working an SBA exhibit at the 62nd Annual 2018 Cattle Call (Rodeo.) Jamye had a great time meeting local members of the community, small business owners, and potential business owners. She gives a special thanks to the staff of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, for their collaboration and devotion to local business.

Photo Collage: Jamye Pritchett Solorzano with Cattle Call participants

Photos above: (Left to right) Top left - SBA San Diego Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano with small business owner Jhoselyn Ramirez-Strait. Top right - Jamye with Patricia and Tony Ojeda (start-up business owners). (No name given for man on right.) Bottom - Jaime Servin (retired teacher) and Ernest Gallegos Allen with Jamye.

2018 Cardiff Small Business Saturday

Photo: Cardiff Small Business Saturday Sign

Small Business Saturday is more than a day to shop, it’s a day to celebrate and support the businesses that make our community great with friends and family. The day provides discounts, shop specials, surprise giveaways, basket draw tickets, live music, beer garden and local artisan pop-up shops in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Leucadia and Downtown Encinitas.

Photo: Jamye Pritchett Solorzano and Bill Combs

Photo above: (Left to right) SBA San Diego's Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, with William Combs, Cardiff resident, wealth management advisor and chair of the economic development committee of Cardiff 101 Main Street.

SBA San Diego's Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano participated in this event and brought her family along to shop small on Small Business Saturday.

Two San Diego SCORE Volunteers Recognized for Their Leadership

Photos: Carl Woodward, Greg Bowcott and Sally Broff

Photos above: (Left to right) Regional SCORE Chairman Carl Woodard, presents a coin to Greg Bowcott for his service, over the past two years, in a leadership position for San Diego SCORE. Greg is a long tenured SCORE mentor and counselor who also dedicates time serving the veteran small business community. Carl also presented a coin to San Diego SCORE's Outgoing Chapter President Sally Broff, for her outstanding, and innovative service while serving as San Diego SCORE president. Sally is also a long time SCORE counselor and mentor and is remaining active in the chapter after turning over her leadership position. She has contributed greatly to enhancing the level of collaboration between all of the SBA San Diego District Office resource partner organizations. 

SBA thanks both of you for your dedication to SCORE and the small business community.

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Small Business Training Calendar Links

The SBA and its resource partner organizations offer many workshops and training events, for entrepreneurs and small business owners, on an on-going basis. Please take a moment to review our upcoming events now, and bookmark the sites listed below for future reference. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our future events.

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SBDC San Diego and Imperial Valley Network

San Diego & Imperial Women's Business Center

SOCAL Veterans Business Outreach Center


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San Diego District Office Directory

Ruben Garcia, District Director
Phone: 619-727-4880 email: ruben.garcia@sba.gov
Maria Hughes, Lead Lender Relations Specialist
Phone: 619-727-4871 email: maria.hughes@sba.gov
Carlos Liu, Lead Business Opportunities Specialist for 8(a)/HUBZone Programs
Phone: 619-727-4879 email: chung.liu@sba.gov
Merica Lim, Business Opportunities Specialist for 8(a)/HUBZone Programs
Phone: 619-727-4870 email: merica.lim@sba.gov
John Engstrom, Business Opportunities Specialist for 8(a)/HUBZone Program
Phone: 619-727-4872 email: john.engstrom@sba.gov
Mike Sovacool, Lead Economic Development Specialist/Veteran's Outreach
Phone: 619-727-4881 email: michael.sovacool@sba.gov
Cynthia Harris, Economic Development Specialist/Public Information Officer/International Trade Officer/WBC District Office Technical  Representative
Phone: 619-727-4884 email: cynthia.harris@sba.gov
Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, Economic Development Specialist/Administrative Officer
Phone: 619-727-4878 email: jamye.pritchettsolorzano@sba.gov 
Lucy Leu, Procurement Center Representative for the Office of Government Contracting
Phone: 619-727-4882 email: Jane.Leu@sba.gov  

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