UC Merced SBDC Announces Award Winners for 2014

May 01, 2014 No Comments by

FRESNO – The University of California, Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network (UC Merced SBDC) will recognize five small business owners who embody America’s entrepreneurial spirit on May 15, 2014 in Fresno, Calif. Every year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, highlighting the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This years UC Merced SBDC network’s award winners are Rosa Brothers Milk Company, Hanford; Cole Video, Modesto; Guidekick, Inc., San Luis Obispo; Fallon Electric, Carmel; and RitzyRagz, Modesto.

“These business owners are making a difference in their communities and we are very pleased to honor their achievements,” said Diane Howerton, regional director for the UC Merced SBDC Network.

The awards will be presented during the Small Business Recognition Program on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tornino’s Restaurant, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, Calif. 93705. The guest speaker will be Jake Soberal, CEO, Bitwise Industries, founded in 2013 to create an ecosystem around the technology industry that is comprised of four divisions: Geekwise Academy; Hashtag; Shift3 Technologies; and a building division.

As this year’s award winners are recognized, the 2013 Network results demonstrate the significant economic impact of The University of California, Merced – Small Business Development Center Regional program. The Network leadership and consulting team assisted 1,790 clients with 3,638
entrepreneurs participating in training events throughout the year. In addition, new equity capital invested and new loans for SBDC clients totaled more than $45.6 million, with 119 new businesses started, and 641 jobs created and/or retained.

For reservations and more information, please contact UC Merced SBDC Network; http://sbdc.ucmerced.edu, casbdc@ucmerced.edu or 559-241-7414.

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