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2023 SBDC Day Luncheon was a Resounding Success

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Friday, March 24, 2023 - 2:28pm

A heartfelt congratulations to the well-deserved awardees who were recognized at the 2023 SBDC Day Luncheon on 3/15/23:


Fresno County Business of the Year - Full Circle Brewing Company, Fresno, CA

Kings County Business of the Year -  Manitas de Amor Preschool and Childcare, Inc., Hanford, CA

Madera County Business of the Year – Salter’s Distributing, Chowchilla, CA

Tulare County Business of the Year - Central Valley Ag Exports, Inc., Visalia, CA

Stakeholder of the year - Beneficial State Bank

Partner of the Year - Tulare Chamber of Commerce

Inaugural Dr. Lori Bennett Leadership Award – Dr. Lori Bennett, Ed.D.

2023 Lori Bennet Leadership Award - Andy Haussler, City of Clovis

2023 Center Impact Awards - Olga Martinez & Cy Cerro

Legacy Award – Kurt Clark, Central CA SBDC Regional Network


None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: 


Wells Fargo Bank

Access Plus Capital

Beneficial State Bank

Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board

Apcal Rock’ N Ranch

Kaiser Permanente

CDC Small Business Finance

City of Clovis

City of Visalia

Mission Bank

State Center Community College District

Valley Small Business Development Corporation

Water, Energy & Technology Center – IHUB2 Program

Cen Cal Business Finance Group

J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc.

Noble Credit Union


Valley Strong Credit Union


Thank you very much for making the 2023 SBDC Day Luncheon a resounding success! 



Mary Castillo Avalos*

Languages Spoken: Spanish
Loan Packaging, QuickBooks, Implementing Technology Solutions, Software and IT Infrastructure

Geoffrey Bogart*

Languages Spoken: Spanish, Portuguese, Basic Arabic
Business Start-Ups, International Trade

Charles Eason*

SBIR/STTR Consultant

Jose Huitron

Languages Spoken: Spanish
Business Modeling, Customer Development, Business Structure, Optimizing Business Operations, Streamlining Processes, Artifical Intelligence, E-commerce

Rhonda Lowe

Business Plans, Strategic Planning, Traditional Marketing, Sales Strategies, Retail Businesses

Sharon Mikesell

Government Contracting

Claudia Newcorn, MBA

Strategic Planning, Marketing Strategy, Branding, Marketing Research, Marketing Communications, New Product Development

Tiffany Phillips

Digital and Social Media Marketing Strategy; E-Commerce Consultant

Favian Rodriguez

Languages Spoken: Spanish
Strategic Planning, Loan Packaging, Financial Projections, Cash Flow Management, Sustainable Growth & Profitability, Developing New Products, Franchising and Expansion, Buying/Selling a Business, Retail Businesses, Restaurant Businesses

Lourdes Uranday

Languages Spoken: Spanish
Childcare, Cottage Food, Retail, Restaurant, Food Truck, Human Resources consulting and training

David Waldbauer

Government Contracts Consultant
English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish

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