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SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet with Brian Milholland of Milholland Electric, Inc.

Brian Milholland is the 2015 SBA California Small Business Person of the Year.

Brian Milholland began his electrician's career while serving his country in the U.S. Army in 1984. There he was trained as a helicopter electrician and served in that military occupation for three years. While stationed as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg North Carolina, Brian studied residential and commercial wiring. Brian received the U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal as well as parachutist and Sharpshooter Badges. After leaving the Army in 1987, Brian worked for a general contractor for two years. He acquired his California Electrical Contractors license and opened a small home-based business in 1990.  Brian's business did well in the 90s with construction on the rise. However, as the economy started to become volatile in 2007, all construction came to a halt jeopardizing the business. Brian successfully navigated Milholland Electric through turmoil, by quickly repurposing the company and its assets;... Read More

Hevré Le Calvez, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, of Abbiotec, LLC, a biotech company developing life science tools for the research market, started his business in 2007.  He was well prepared with a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology and Microbiology (1994) and several years of research and biotech experience, with companies such as The Burnham Institute, Active Motif, LLC and Abgent, Inc.  However, he decided he could use some help on the business side, so he sought guidance from SCORE - Counselors to America’s Small Business. The counselors at SCORE helped him to set-up the business, provided training through a couple of financial workshops and assisted him in getting an SBA 7(a) loan for $413,000, from Seacoast Commerce Bank.  As an ongoing SCORE client, Le Calvez utilizes the wealth of business knowledge available through the counselors to help him successfully grow Abbiotec™.

Abbiotec was initially financed through a home equity loan.  Then, with a business plan showing a clear... Read More

Dr. Steven Solomon grew up with the expectation that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer, however somewhere along the way his ambitions were transformed. He decided that he was more interested in helping people create successful relationships.

In 1982, after earning his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles), he began a private practice, as an individual and couples therapist, in San Diego, California and currently has an office in La Jolla, California.

In addition to his private practice, he formed a partnership with Dr. Lorie Teagno to start The Relationship Institute providing an array of intimacy therapy services to couples and individuals as well as a wide range of training opportunities for therapists. They also co-authored a book titled “Intimacy after Infidelity: How to Rebuild and Affair-Proof Your Marriage”.

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