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Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center chain, founded, owned and operated by the Zaruka Family began in 1986.  Located in Camarillo,,California, Wedgewood was founded when John and Linda Zaruka took out two SBA-backed loans from National Bank of California to buy a failing golf course restaurant, which they converted to banquet service exclusively.  From this humble beginning, the Zaruka’s now offer 17 wedding locations throughout California. 

In a male-dominated field of mostly retired law enforcement professionals, Patricia A. Kotze-Ramos, owner and founder of Diversified Risk Management, Inc., is a champion for bringing more women into the private investigation field. 

Since 2002, when she co-founded the firm using a SBA loan.  Kotze-Ramos has handled thousands of matters involving employment, civil and criminal matters.  In 2005, DRM Inc. grew from 500 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft. and she now employs approximately fifty employees and contractors. 

In Los Angeles, the fashion capital of the West Coast, a small upstart textile and design house has ignited interest as a new trend setter.  Elizabeth J. Figueroa & Company, owned and founded by the same Elizabeth J. Figueroa, launched in November 2009.  Figueroa decided it was her time to shine and with over 28 years of garment industry experience Figueroa brought along a well-established, national and international clientele.

When athletes—be it an NFL quarterback, or a working mother of two—want to bring positive change to a workout routine, they seek out a personal trainer.  When an aspiring or existing business needs that same kind of inspiration and motivation, the owner should look to a Small Business Development Center.

That is what Chris Stevenson, owner of Stevenson Fitness, did, almost by chance, in the summer of 2010 while finalizing his plans to open a new 7,000 sq. ft. fitness center in Oak Park, California. 

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