New SBA Platform Lets Small Businesses Tell Their Stories

Release Date: 
Monday, August 27, 2012
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Advisory Date: 
Monday, August 27, 2012
Melende Ward (559) 487-5791, ext. 2709

 Several Central California Small Businesses Featured

Fresno, CA – Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their story and showcase their successful and thriving businesses. 

Today, SBA launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive platform featuring videos from entrepreneurs from across the country that have started or grown a business with the help of the SBA.  The videos will be featured at .

“I have the great privilege of meeting small business owners from across the country as I travel every week. But now, thanks to ‘Small Business Owners Speak,’ you can hear their stories, too,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “This page will highlight the voices of successful small business owners who have started or grown a business thanks to help from the Small Business Administration.”

The following Central California small businesses are featured on the new platform.  Many of the businesses were assisted by the UC Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network a resource partner of the SBA and with business financing and contracting programs offered by the SBA. 

Meathead Movers, San Luis Obispo Owners:  Aaron and Evan Steed
GDM Distributors, Inc., Modesto Owner:  Gregory Woods
GoldStar Barbershop, Visalia Owner:  Frank Zaragoza
Starstruck Entertainment Services, Bakersfield CEO:  Marcus Johnson
OfficeStar Training, Salinas President:  Paul Farmer
Soil Stabilization Products Company, Inc., Merced President:  Bob Randolph






Currently, the page features videos that were submitted during SBA’s 2012 National Small Business Week video contest.  But, to help reach out to more small business owners, SBA has opened “Small Business Owners Speak” to other entrepreneurs interested in submitting a video to be featured at .  More information about the video submission process can be found on the same page. 

The page features a map of the United States that allows users to click on videos by state or by using the drop-down menu and searching for videos by topic, such as capital, counseling, federal contracting or disaster loans.


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