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Dorothy Breininger is the quintessential organizer of corporate, university, home-based, and personal office and work station environments. She has written numerous articles and a book on goal planning and organization. In short, she makes her living by helping others get organized or to reduce the clutter in their business and personal lives. It seems we can all make use of Dorothy Breininger’s talents. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times attests to Dorothy’s abilities to help us clutter-bugs overcome our habit of hoarding.
Ms. Breininger is the founder and driving force behind the Center For Organization. Her firm has performed workplace wizardry for approximately two decades, during which she has physically worked inside corporations to successfully organize space and work systems for CEOs and other high-profile individuals.
Lack of organization, mixed with hoarding fever, moves beyond the realm of mundane business issues to often warrant significant consideration by management. If the issue is not remedied, serious efficiency denigration may evolve. Disorganization can prove debilitating to a large organization. If found in a small business, it can be lethal. To help create an awareness of the need for effective work systems and to combat the waste of resources due to poor organization habits, the National Association for Professional Organizers (NAPO) was formed. And guess who serves on the Board of Directors? Yes Dorothy Breininger!
It was at a recent meeting of that very same organization, NAPO, that Dorothy Breininger and the SBA connected. Natalie Orta, Chief of Business and Economic Development for the Los Angeles District Office of the SBA, was invited to address the attendees on SBA Loan Programs and Services. Ms. Orta, a self proclaimed neat-nik in her own right, was warmly received by the NAPO members. “Natalie’s presentation was so informative,” mused Breininger, “she convinced me that I could qualify for SBA assistance.”
For some time after the meeting, Natalie’s words on SBA programs kept resonating in Dorothy’s ears. Soon words became action and Dorothy contacted Natalie. The two exchanged ideas and information about business planning, cash flow and access to capital. As a result of the business assessment, Natalie referred Dorothy to an SBA intermediary and the rest was “uncluttered” history, as Dorothy Breininger was approved for an SBA Express Loan!
Los Angeles SBA District Director, Alberto G. Alvarado expressed his elation at Dorothy Breininger’s success story saying, “Ms. Breininger’s scenario underscores how smooth the SBA
loan process can be, if the entrepreneur is organized and well prepared. Kudos to Dorothy for having her business in order and for helping to get the rest of us in order”. To obtain additional information on the Center For Organization visit the web site at www.centerfororganization.com or contact Dorothy Breininger at (818)718-0611.
To find out more about SBA Loan Programs and Services visit the Agency’s user friendly web site www.sba.gov or call one of the following Economic Development Specialists at the SBA’s Los Angeles District Office:
- Sandra Buck (818) 552-3308
- Chuck Edgington (818) 552- 3241
- Barbara Madel (818) 552-3314
- Fernando Olivares (818) 552 -3256
- Juan Urbina (818) 552- 3244
Spencer Defty grew up in Healdsburg, California and moved to Davis before high school. Upon graduation, Spencer spent time working for local farmers and vineyard owners. This opportunity allowed him to learn real hands-on skills with heavy equipment, business management, and customer relations. In 1989, Spencer purchased his first small farm tractor and secured local jobs in the agriculture industry. From that point forward, Spencer took on development work on his own and began building personal relationships with local customers by providing reliable, quality work at a reasonable
price with the best customer service.
Since that time, Diamond D General Engineering, Inc has maintained consistent growth and financial success, built on his reputation for a positive attitude, responsiveness, problem-solving innovation and integrity. Diamond D is now a certified heavy civil construction and engineering company that performs excavation, demolition, earthmoving, paving and habitat restoration work. Spencer's leadership approach rewards teamwork, initiative and accomplishment, creating a positive work environment that challenges his staff and provides opportunities for advancement while fostering the excellent performance that his clients expect.
As President, Spencer firmly believes in his employees and treats them as an extension of his family. "The company is really the employees. They are our biggest asset. We draw a lot from the farm community, people who are talented, smart and hardworking who can't make a living on farms anymore."
In the private sector, Spencer is known for his reliability, trustworthiness and commitment to his family and to his employees. In the community, Spencer has been acknowledged and praised for his volunteer work, contribution, and willingness to volunteer his time to better this region. In June 2008, Spencer inspired a collaborative effort to pay tribute to local World War II Veterans by hosting a World War II Playday in Woodland, Ca.
He continues to fight for the small business community and the greater Sacramento region as he co-chairs the Sacramento Metro Chamber Small Business Committee and is an active member of the Metro Political Action Committee. For the past four years, Spencer has been an active volunteer participant of the regional Capitol-to-Capitol trip which is the largest legislative program of its kind to improve the economy and enhance the quality of life in the greater Sacramento region.
He also makes the time to attend local board meetings, write letters, and voice his opinion regarding topics such as the California Air Resources Board off-road diesel regulations. These are just a few things that Spencer and his family sacrifice their time for in order to assure the community's future.
Two friends Lew Parker and Mitch Caron sought a better way to do business by putting their employees first. In 1991, they founded PC Mechanical Inc. to do just that. Fast forward 19 years to 2010 and Parker, the president and CEO and Caron, the vice president and general manager, are busier than they have ever been primarily because of the loyalty and respect they have earned of their fellow employees and secondly through the assistance of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program.
“We knew that we could treat employees better than we had been treated,” said Parker. In 1990, after Caron completed a grueling 30-day tour in the Republic of Angola for his previous employer - Caron and Parker launched their own full service, multi-disciplined mechanical repair and service company from Parker’s garage.
Using Caron’s pickup truck as the first “company” vehicle, Parker, Caron and a hand full of their previous coworkers crisscrossed Santa Maria, San Ardo and Bakersfield serving oil field equipment. Within a short period of time they moved out of Parker’s garage and into an 8,000 square foot facility in Santa Maria where they operated for 14 years.
In 1996, PC Mechanical applied for the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program to assist in securing government contracts. Parker, a Native American who grew up on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho was accepted into the rigorous 9-year program.
Using their extensive experience within the service and maintenance industry and their 8(a) certification, they continued to secure numerous government contracts including their largest-to-date a $140 million multi-year military contract they won over competitors worldwide. In June 2009, they began to repair, recondition and maintain thousands of pieces of military equipment including the Navy Seabee’s bulldozers, cranes and generator sets. “The first contract we did like this large one was done seven or eight years ago through the 8(a) program,” said Parker.
Looking back on the success and growth of PC Mechanical, Parker said, “We started a company that caters to employees and that has been the backbone of our company – it worked.” Currently, PC Mechanical has over 50 employees, and offers extremely competitive benefits including a 100% premium paid for employee medical and dental insurance, a lucrative 401K with a 4% match of gross and a cafeteria plan. “Family comes first here, if a family member becomes sick, we let our employees stay home and take care of them and keep them on payroll.”
Parker also attributed PC Mechanical’s success to their 8(a) Business Development Specialist, Catherine Clark, who worked with them during the 9-year program. “Catherine was with me 100% of the way and led me all the way through it. She is very personable, helpful and upfront. The 8(a) program was valuable – it opened the door to get involved in government contracting,” said Parker. PC Mechanical graduated from the 8(a) program in 2005.
In March 2005, PC Mechanical moved out of its previous facility and into a new 67,000 square foot facility in Santa Maria, which they bought. They have also continued to receive numerous awards along the way and recently won Boeing’s “Performance Excellence Award” for gold level performance for their work during 2009 at Vandenberg Air Force Base where they have maintained the launch facilities for 15 years. The award is given to Boeing’s Top 100 Contractors worldwide for meeting and exceeding performance standards for all 365 days of any given year.
Also, they are being recognized as an Outstanding Business at the upcoming Spirit of Small Business Awards held in August by the Pacific Coast Business Times and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles District Office.
The company supports community activities with donations to the Highway Patrol Widows and Orphans, Santa Maria Police Department, the Boys and Girls Club and Food Bank Drives. The owners also sponsor along with their employees local sports and activities.
“PC Mechanical is one of our most successful graduates of recent memory and a great example of what the 8(a) Business Development Program can do for small businesses. We are proud to have helped them find their way both as a business and as an extended member of the SBA 8(a) family,” said Stephen J. Olear, acting district director for the Los Angeles district office.
Recently, PC Mechanical was recognized as an outstanding business in North Santa Barbara County at an awards luncheon titled - Spirit of Small Business on Thursday, August 12, 2010 hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration and Pacific Coast Business Times.
Should you require any additional information regarding the SBA’s 8(a) program, please contact Glen Constantino at (818) 552-3235.