SBA Presents 8th Annual Southern California Small Business & Government Contracting Conference; Top SBA Official to Attend

Forum to educate, guide and assist small businesses in working with federal, local, and state governments
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Release Number: 
OCIE 18-03
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Advisory Number: 
OCIE 18-03
Sheree Coates (714) 560-7466 or Christopher Lorenzana (714) 560-7453

SANTA ANA, Calif.  - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Orange County / Inland Empire District Office is partnering with the Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC to present the 8th Annual Southern California Small Business and Government Contracting Conference.  The conference will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Irvine Marriott and provides a forum for growth opportunities through business development.

Ms. Althea “Allie” Coetzee Leslie, SBA’s Deputy Administrator will be the keynote speaker.  In her role, Ms. Leslie is responsible for managing the agency and developing its programs which includes helping to set small business contracting policy and holding federal agencies accountable to reach their small business contracting goals.

More than 450 attendees and over 35 buyers converge at the conference which includes a variety of presentations, procurement forecasts, panel discussions, and workshops on important topics for government and corporate sector contractors. The conference features two strategic matchmaking sessions, connecting buyer and seller discussing potential contracting opportunities in a one-on-one setting.  A few of the invited buyers include Northrup Grumman, Clark Construction, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, General Services Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and more.

The conference is targeted to include SBA 8(a) business development program certified firms and other federal and state socio-economic contracting categories including woman-owned small businesses, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBZone certified businesses, small/minority business enterprises, and other small businesses not covered under any of these designations.

Registration for the conference includes a continental breakfast, morning plenary session and a seated banquet lunch.  General admission is $95.  Registration closes Thursday, April 12, 2018. To find more information about the event or to register, please visit . Questions related to registration and general information about the event should be directed to Sandra Anguiano at (714) 560-7446 or .  For donor and exhibitor questions, please contact Katrina Payne-Smith at (657) 278-3195.  Buyers and participating agencies with questions should contact Karen Burgess at (714) 560-7451 or .

SBA’s participation or support in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any person, entity, or cosponsor. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

About the Orange County / Inland Empire District Office

The Orange County / Inland Empire District Office, under the leadership and vision of J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director, is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Located in Santa Ana near John Wayne Airport, the office and its staff facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums and loan workshops; and manage a portfolio of more than 100 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.         

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