SANTA ANA, CA - Ted Fuentes, President and Owner of Alliance Resource Group, an Aliso Viejo based provider of IT services, has been selected to receive the SBA’s Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year Award. Fuentes was nominated for the award by decorated Viet Nam Army Veteran Manny Montanez, President of EG Montanez Construction, a service-disabled veteran owned business in recognition of the countless hours he’s given to the veteran community, supporting business growth initiatives as the President of the Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter for the California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance.
Fuentes proudly served 8 years in the Air Force as a Crew Chief where he was responsible for the airworthiness of KC-135R Models. After transitioning from military service, Fuentes worked for a government integrator, obtaining security clearances in order to work high profile space projects. After learning about the opportunities that exist for a veteran business owner, Fuentes decided to start Alliance Resource Group, a provider of IT services, in 2009. In January of 2011, he assumed leadership for the Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter of the California DVBE Alliance, a nonprofit veteran entrepreneur advocacy organization.
Ted’s efforts with the California DVBE Alliance include participating and contributing to the California Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Council, taking on the role of Vice Chair for the California Public Utilities Council Committee, attending multiple conferences on behalf of veterans and more. Under his leadership, the Orange County/Los Angeles Chapter of the California DVBE Alliance has grown, representing more than 400 local veteran entrepreneurs. He has arranged for decision making representatives from Fortune 500 companies and State Agencies across a variety of industries in order to help increase prime, subcontracting and partnering opportunities for the organization’s veteran entrepreneurs.
Fuentes will receive his award and be honored alongside other small business owners and champions at the 49th Annual Small Business Week Celebration, hosted by the SBA’s Santa Ana District Office on Tuesday, June 5th 2012 from 11:30am to 2:00pm at the City National Grove of Anaheim. For more information about the event, please contact Doug Dare at (714) 560-7467. To RSVP, please visit www.49thannualsbwawards.eventbrite.com.