On December 9, 2011, the Santa Ana District Office recognized four consultants affiliated with the Orange County/Inland Empire Regional Lead SBDC Network who led their peers in the areas of capital infusion, job creation, business starts, and long-term counseling. Capital infusion, business starts, and long-term counseling are the three categories SBA negotiates with each SBDC network across the country as a performance indicator.
Most New Business Starts – Al Gohary, Inland Empire SBDC (11 new business starts)
Most Long Term Counseling Clients – Linda Hoitt, Orange County SBDC (88 long term clients)
Most Capital Infusion – Steve Mednick, TriTech SBDC ($16 million invested)
Most Jobs Created – Brad Mix, Inland Empire SBDC (162 jobs created)
In addition to the awards given by SBA, the SBDC presented a variety of awards to recognize the performance of their peers.
Excellence Awards are bestowed upon consultants by each service center director to recognize a staff member that goes above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrates commitment and dedication to the success of the SBDC program. Recipients this year were Don Kasle, Al Gohary, Mike Sabellico, Diana Terski-Medill, Colleen Gross, and Brad Mix.
Team Choice Awards were presented to consultants based on polls conducted by each service-center to determine whom among their staff should be recognized for teamwork. This year’s honorees included Marquise Jackson, Manal Richa, Jennifer Dreher, Paul Nolta, Matthew Jenusaitis, and Priscilla Lopez.
Awards were given to members of the Job Generator Club who created and/or retained more than 50 jobs in the period from January 1st to November 30th. The club’s membership includes Don Kasle, Mike Sabellico, Katie Nguyen, Linda Hoitt, Brad Mix, and Al Gohary.
Likewise, the Million Dollar Club was created to recognize consultants who have generated more than $1 million in debt or equity financing for their small business clients. This years inductees include Al Gohary, Brad Mix, Paul Nolta, Linda Hoitt, Katie Nguyen, Don Kasle, Steve Mednick, Mark Monaghan, Bill Waldo, and Luis Vasquez.
The Small Business Development Center program, established more than 25 years ago, is a critical component of SBA’s entrepreneurial development efforts. SBDCs offer existing and future entrepreneurs free one-on-one expert business advice and low-cost training. For more information about the SBDC program, contact Eric Ravelli at (714) 560-7455.