Monday, November 26, 2018

2019 SBA Awards - Call For Nominations


Nominate a Small Business Champion for an SBA Award!

Nominations due January 9, 2019.
Only nominees located in San Diego and Imperial Counties will be accepted by the SBA San Diego District Office. Small Business Champion nominees may or may not be small business owners. Self-nominations will be accepted.
Completed awards packages must be delivered by mail/by hand to the SBA San Diego District Office, Attn: Cynthia Harris, 550 West C Street, Suite 550, San Diego, CA 92101, by January 9, 2019, 1 pm PST.  Emailed packages cannot be accepted.
We strongly recommend completed packages are submitted early to get feedback and support in advance of the final deadline. 
2019 CHAMPION AWARD CATEGORIES-SUMMARY
Small Business Champion Categories: Those who promote small business, including volunteering time and services to small business interests and groups, advocating the cause of small business in the legislative process. (Detailed nomination information and criteria for each category is included below.)
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year
  • Small Business Journalist of the Year
Nomination Requirements for Champion Awards
What information must the nomination packages for the Champion awards contain? 
Nominations must contain the information below. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. 
  1. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nominee Background Form) which is available at www.sba.gov/nsbw. For “team” nominations, a background form is required for each team member; 
  2. A completed nomination form (SBA Form 3315, District Office Award) (Pages 1 - 3 only, put N/A for remaining sections.)
  3. A nomination letter or statement page that addresses the criteria listed below for the appropriate category.
  4. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi is required; photocopies are not acceptable. For “team” nominations, a photo of each nominee or group photo is acceptable Note: Action photos are preferable. No logos or finished products in photos please; and 
  5. Additional supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, and other evidence of appropriateness of the nomination. Supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages. No videos will be considered.
Criteria for Small Business Champion Award Categories
Financial Services Champion - Individuals who assist small businesses through advocacy to increase usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services
  • Outside of regular business duties, the amount and quality of assistance given small businesses in obtaining financing
  • Advocacy of changes in the financial services industry to assist small firms
  • Encouragement of the flow of investment capital to small ventures
  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small firms
  • Other significant contributions made by the nominee through financial services or accounting industry to advance small business interests


Minority Small Business Champion of the Year- Has fulfilled a commitment to support minority entrepreneurship
  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help minority small businesses
  • Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for minority entrepreneurs
  • Legal, financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance minority business ownership
  • Volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of minority-owned businesses in the community
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving environment for the creation and expansion of minority-owned businesses
  • Advocacy of the minority-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement


Small Business Journalist of the Year - Journalists representing television, radio, electronic or print media who report and champion small business issues.
  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small business
  • Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for entrepreneurs
  • Volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of small businesses in the community
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of small businesses
  • Advocacy of the small business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement


Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year- Has fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for veterans if the U.S. armed forces
  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help veteran-owned small businesses
  • Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for veteran entrepreneurs
  • Legal, financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance veteran’s business ownership
  • Volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of veteran-owned businesses in the community
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving environment for the creation and expansion of veteran-owned businesses
  • Advocacy of the veteran-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement

Women in Business Champion of the Year- Has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership
  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help women-owned small businesses
  • Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women entrepreneurs
  • Legal, financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownership
  • Volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of women-owned businesses in the community
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving environment for the creation and expansion of women-owned businesses
  • Advocacy of the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement
Questions? Contact Cynthia Harris, at Cynthia.Harris@sba.gov or 619-727-4884, for more information on Small Business awards.
Visit sba.gov/nsbw for additional national award categories and nomination information.

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Annual SBA Awards Luncheon - Winner's Announced!


The U.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District Office and the North San Diego Small Business Development Center will celebrate and recognize successful local small businesses and small business advocates at our Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

To purchase single tickets to attend: CLICK HERE!

To purchase a table (8 seats): CLICK HERE!

Questions or requests, please email Cheryl Brown at cbrown@miracosta.edu.

Award winners include:



SBA Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year (National Award)
Kurt Chilcott, President/CEO

CDC Small Business Finance (San Diego, CA)

Small Business Person of the Year
Eddie Silverberg, President and Aaron Silverberg, Vice President

Flexible Assembly Systems, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Rob Buckner, VP, SBA Business Development Officer, City National Bank

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
Amanda Davis, President and Verna Mueller, Chief Operating Officer

Widefield Technology, Inc. (WTI) (Scottsdale, AZ and Carlsbad, CA)
Nominator: Sudershan Shaunak, Director, North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
Elizabeth Valenzuela Banker, President & CEO

Shore Solutions, Inc. (Chula Vista, CA)
Nominator: Dawnie Green, Vice President, Business Relationship Manager SD,
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
Brian Wilson, President/Owner

Altitude, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA)
Nominator: Christine Hoy, Vice President/Senior Business Relationship Manager, Chase Bank

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
Kerry Lewis, CEO/Secretary

MC Painting, Inc. (Vista, CA)
Nominator: Susie Friedman, Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager, Chase Bank

SBA District Director's Award for Growth in the Technology Sector
Stacey Anfuso, President/CEO and Karina Arushanyan, Director of Business Development & Strategic Operations

La Jolla Logic, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Brett Housholder, Deputy Director Contracting Opportunities Center,
Procurement Technical Assistance Center

SBA District Director's Award for Growth through Licensing Agreements
Felena Hanson, Founder

Hera Hub (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Silvia Mah, Executive Director, Hera Hub

SBA District Director's Award for Growth through Acquisition
Sayed Ali, President

Interpreters Unlimited, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Laura Harolde, Director of Client Relations, Interpreters Unlimited, Inc.

Anthony Vigil Award for Staying Power
Over 50 Years in Business

Gayle Mestel, CEO

CCS/PR, Inc. DBA: Creative Communications Services (Carlsbad, CA)
Nominator: Joanie James, Business Manager, CCS/PR

SBA District Director's Award for SBA Mission Support
Cheryl Brown

North San Diego Small Business Development Center (Carlsbad, CA)
Nominator: Michael Sovacool, Lead Economic Development Specialist, SBA San Diego

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Tim Robertson, President

Robertson Working Capital, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: North San Diego SBDC Team

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Eric Meisgeier, Deputy Project Manager

Mid-Coast Transit Constructors (MCTC) (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: North San Diego SBDCTeam

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Stephanie Brown, CEO and Founder
The Rosie Network (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Leona Sublett, Chief Operating Officer, The Rosie Network

Women In Business Champion of the Year
Gita Murthy, CEO

RORE, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Self-nominated

Jill Andrews Special Appreciation Award
for Her Efforts to Increase Contracting Opprotunities
for Veteran Small Businesses
Rita Ohaya, Program Manager

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: North San Diego SBDC Team

 “As America celebrates the 55th Anniversary of Small Business Week, this is an excellent opportunity to honor the small businesses that have helped make our nation great,” says SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia. “SBA has helped well over 30 million Americans start, manage and grow their businesses, placing tens of billions of dollars in loans into the hands of entrepreneurs in all sectors of the economy.”


Business organizations, lending institutions, chambers of commerce and trade associations typically nominate candidates.  A panel is convened at the San Diego District Office to review local nominations and select a winner in each of the categories. 


This year's Small Business Awards Luncheon, presented by SBA, the North San Diego
Small Business Development Center and the MiraCosta College Foundation, will be held Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, to publicly honor our local small business owners and advocates. 

Every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.
SBA will honor America’s top entrepreneurs at this year’s National Small Business Week events during the week of April 29 – May 5, 2018. Details for national events will be posted at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/.

After the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. McMahon will continue National Small Business Week with a bus road show starting in Jacksonville, Fla. and then continue on to South Carolina and North Carolina.  Each stop she will meet with small business owners, visit small businesses and hold roundtable discussions. Additionally, virtual events, recognition and educational opportunities throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.  
NOTE: Detailed information for each small business winner is available and interviews may be requested.  Please call Cynthia Harris, SBA, at (619) 727-4884 or email your request to cynthia.harris@sba.gov.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Turner School of Construction Management Program

We are so pleased to announce the upcoming Fall Session of the Turner School of Construction beginning on September 12, 2017!

The 2017 Fall Session Turner School of Construction Management Training Program for MBE/WBE/SBE construction firms will be presented September 12th, 2017 through November 2nd, 2017. 

Turner Construction is extremely pleased that the San Diego Regional Airport Authority has agreed to partner in this program as well as other firms in the construction industry.

The Turner School of Construction Management will begin with a Kick-Off Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Directions to Kick-Off Reception:  From Harbor Drive, turn right onto Winship Lane along Harbor Drive.  Park in the Commuter Terminal Parking Lot.  (Parking will be validated at the Kick-Off Reception)  Enter the Commuter Terminal, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.  Turn left off the elevator and continue toward the reception desk.  The Kick-off Reception will be located in the Board Room.

The classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, September 14th, 2017 through (no class on Halloween) Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.  Classes will be held at the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Offices (former Commuter Terminal)-3225 N Harbor Drive-1st Floor.  The program will conclude with a Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017.
 
All participants MUST complete a registration form: CLICK HERE TO ACCESS REGISTRATION FORM.
 
Vera Howell│ Community Affairs Director
Turner Construction Company │ 15378 Avenue of Science, Suite 100 │ San Diego, CA 92128
858-217-0740│mobile 858.232.8530│ vhowell@tcco.com