As you may know, I’m a consulting technology advisor with SBDC TAP. SBDC = Small Business Development Center. TAP = Technology Advisory Program (and sometimes Technology Adoption Program) which runs out of the Silicon Valley SBDC. SBDC has centers all over the Northern California region. TAP serves all of these centers in the region.
I attended the regional meeting today in Berkeley for all of the center directors and advisors in NorCal. When it came time for awards, much to my surprise — I mean, really, I was not expecting this — I received an award for “Excellence in Economic Impact Performance 2011.” Wooot! Apparently I had the highest percentage of clients in TAP that had positive economic performance. That’s nice to know. I’m pleased and proud.
Aside, the best part of the day was that I got to meet so many of the business advisors and directors that I’ve worked with by email and phone for the last four years.
From the Silicon Valley SBDC website:
We’re dedicated to the success of entrepreneurs in the Greater Silicon Valley Area, which includes Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
The Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center offers a wide variety of services for present and potential small business owners. Our services include no-charge expert consulting, low-cost training, information resources, events and seminars. All consulting services are confidential and free of charge.
For Santa Cruz folks, our local center is Central Coast SBDC, located at Cabrillo College.
Stimulus Opportunities for Small Business
Thursday, July 9, 2009, 9am-1pm
Brought to you by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
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The Stimulus Opportunities for Small Business program is a FREE half-day session featuring buyers for state and federal government projects, as well as buyers from large corporations. It will also feature local panelists able to offer insight into the latest developments in surety bonding and local workforce investment initiatives.
Business Matchmaking specializes in small business procurement with a track record of facilitated more than 70,000 face to face buyer-seller meetings throughout the country. California Small Business Development Centers provide free and low cost business consulting and training for thousands of California small businesses annually. For more information go online to:www.businessmatchmaking.com, or www.californiasbdc.org.
Who should participate?
This course is designed for small business entrepreneurs who have an interest in learning about what opportunities exist for contractors implementing President Obama’s Economic Recovery plan.
San Jose Panelists:
- Public Sector Panelists include:
- Lori Falkenstrom, General Service Administration
- Osayahde Nesbitt, Caltrans
- Michael Aquillio, California Department of General Services
- Denise Rodriguez-Lopez, Teaming USA
- Mark Quinn, District Director SBA
- Private Sector Panelists include:
- Brian Tippens, Hewlett Packard
- Vaughn Mootoo, Chevron
- Walter Rossman, City of San Jose Purchasing
- Don Gonneville, Small Business and Veteran Representative
- Bob Lane, Federal Technology Center
- Dorothy Davis, DoVeDa Enterprises, Inc.
San Jose Scottish Rite Center
2455 Masonic Drive
San Jose, CA 95125
SBDC’s monthly event:
Search Engine Optimization brown bag discussion with Drew Arenson, Equity Marketing Solutions.
Tue, Apr 7, 2009 11:45 AM – 1 PM
Santa Cruz Central Library – Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St
SBDC Brown Bag: FREE of Charge 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11:45 to 1:00 pm. Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch. Learn the skills every small business owner should have to create and maintain a healthy and successful business. For more information call the SBDC at 479-6136 To register visit www.CentralCoastSBDC.org