Ontario Organizations Honored at 54th Annual Small Business Week Awards

On Friday June 9, 2017, two orangizations in the City of Ontario were honored as Small Business Champions at the 54th Annual Small Business Week Awards.  

Region IX SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Award

The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC) is the 2017 Region IX Excellence and Innovation Award Honoree. Region IX encompasses six SBA districts in California, and all of Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. IESBDC was nominated by Mike Daniel, Regional Director for the Orange County / Inland Empire SBDC Network. The IESBDC, under the leadership of Vincent McCoy, has helped secure financing, develop and execute business plan strategies, create jobs and improve business operations for numerous businesses throughout Southern California. The IESBDC covers one of the largest territories of any SBDC in the country. They have created a network of service locations to ensure they can accommodate all business owners in the region. The IESBDC is also working on using new forms of technology to enhance their service and be able to reach an even larger audience.

Over the past fiscal year, the IESBDC has exceeded all of its SBA goals including: creating 97 businesses, counseling more than 1750 clients and helping clients with more than $26 million in capital infusion. The IESBDC has also introduced new programs such as the Small Business Focus designed for underserved communities to help them with entrepreneurial pathways.

McCoy supervises a staff of fourteen professionals dedicated to making the efforts and ingenuity of business owners real enough to reach their dreams.


Women in Business Champion of the Year

Maria Solano has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years advocating and developing programs to help small businesses start and grow. Solano is passionate about supporting minority, women and veteran small business owners. She leverages and partners with large corporations in recruiting funds to support various entrepreneur programs. Her efforts focus on financial education programs, access to capital and procurement opportunities.  

Solano’s successes include the development of the Loan Business Association Institute (LBAI). The LBAI is a grass roots organization that serves as an advocate for Latino businesses. Maria has helped lead efforts to secure in excess of $283 million in contracts and $65 million in access to capital to start-ups for expansion.

Solano is the Executive Director of the Inland Empire National Latina Business Women Association. Her 20+ years of banking industry experience round out her professional background. Solano was nominated for this award by Evelin Martinez, area president at Wells Fargo Bank and her nomination was supported by Rossina Gallegos, director and foundation officer at Union Bank. 


For more information on the 54th Annual Small Business Week Awards and other honorees, visit sbaawardsoc.com


Content above was copied from the 54th Annual Small Business Week Awards program

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