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Lunch and Learn Small Business Virtual Town Hall

Are you a small business owner looking beyond COVID-19, and searching for the tools and resources to take your business to the next level?


Please join me on Facebook Live for ‘Lunch and Learn’, a Small Business Virtual Town Hall with the Small Business Development Center. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear this discussion with small business advocates and experts who can help your business move past the COVID-19 pandemic and into a better future. Make sure to RSVP and submit your questions ahead of time.

NOTE: As a reminder, the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be accepting applications again April 28 – May 7.

Our guest speakers include:

Pat Nye
Executive Director, Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network

Pat is the leader of the Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network (part of a national program) serving small businesses with free technical advising in all major principles and disciples for businesses across the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura - hosted at Long Beach City College (LBCC). He is Responsible for implementation, management, and compliance oversight, per accreditation standards, over 8 Service Centers, 20 satellite centers and one Lead Center across the region for the annual Federal grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA) valued at approximately $4.3MM. He is responsible for growing partnerships and programming that foster international trade opportunities to small businesses throughout the region, in partnership with Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Department of Commerce and California Center of International Trade Development (CITD).

Sean Snider
Director, SBDC at University of La Verne

Sean is responsible for delivering client services, working with community stakeholders and leading a team of professionals to assist local businesses to start and/or grow their businesses. Prior to joining the University of La Verne, Mr. Snider served as the Regional Associate Director for the Orange County / Inland Empire SBDC Network at CSU Fullerton’s College of Business & Economics where he provided strategic direction to assist the SBDC network to achieve over $162 million in economic impact. Mr. Snider grew up working for a family owned small business in Middleburg, Virginia where he developed, from an early age, a passion for small business. Mr. Snider holds a Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) in Business Administration concentrating in Entrepreneurial Management as well as a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Entrepreneurship from Cal State University, San Bernardino.

Don Loewel
Director, SBDC at Pasadena City College

Don Loewel is the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pasadena City College. He leads a team of experienced business consultants and entrepreneurs who advises business owners in areas such as Raising Capital, Strategic Planning, legal, Sales & Marketing and Financial Analysis. Don has 20+ years of sales, marketing and management experience in the medical device and software industries, and has consulted with small and mid-market companies to build long-term growth. As a trained Lean Launchpad educator, Don has helped countless founders test the feasibility of their startup ideas so they can launch sustainable and scalable companies, and he truly has a passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve their maximum potential. Don has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and MBA from Santa Clara University.

California’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is one of the state’s primary resource partners for small business development. SBDC’s consortium of 42 service centers and administrative lead centers play a key role in driving the state economy by providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with confidential, no-cost, one-on-one advising and expert training, and establishing a wide mesh network of technical assistance. The network is equipped to help business owners access capital, develop business and financial models, create and implement marketing strategies, connect to global markets, and grow their business online, among many other services.