8th Annual Small Business Summit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Santa Clara County Building

70 West Hedding Street

San Jose, CA 95110

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Join the Silicon Valley SBDC, the County of Santa Clara, City of San Jose and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley and the Industry Council for Small Business Development, for informative and inspirational workshops, networking and resources for you and your business, in celebration of National Small Business Week.

8:00am - 9:00am Registration begins

9:00am – 10:15am Welcome Remarks

Supervisor, Mike Wasserman

Supervisor, Susan Ellenberg

Don Rocha, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Dave Cortese

General Overview

SBDC, PTAC, Dennis King

ICSBD, PTAC, Tim McLaughlin

County of Santa Clara, Miriam Singer

10:15am – 10:20am Break

Workshops will include two tracks that will take place in the Board Chambers and Isaac Newton Auditorium.


10:25am – 11:10am

Construction: Bay area organizations discuss their specific needs in construction, engineering and contruction related services.

Speaker: Sam Ho, Director, Communications/Community Relations & Diversity at San Jose Evergreen Community College District

Speaker: David French, CIP Procurement Manager, City of San Jose

Speaker: Miquel “Mick” Penn, Community Relations Liaison, Swinerton Construction

Operations: It takes a broad array of products and services for organizations to maintain operations. This workshop will focus on the needs of several organizations in this broad category.

Speaker: Nick Leles, San Jose Water

Speaker: Christopher Harder, Procurement Supervisor/ATOM, NASA/Ames

Research Center, CA

Speaker: Theresa Therilus, Deputy Director of Procurement County’s Procurement Department, Facilities Divisionn

11:10am – 11:20am Break

11:25am – 12:30pm

Information Technology: Information technology is rapidly changing. Listen as a variety of organizations discuss their current and future plans in the IT space.

Speaker: Michele McCarthy, County representative from the Procurement Department IT Division

Speaker: Caroline Kho, County representative from the Procurement Department IT Division

Speaker: Marlon Paulo, Deputy Director, Statewide Technology Procurement Department of Technology


10:25am – 11:10am

Certifications: Have you thought about what certifications are right for your company? This workshop will help you decide what certifications you need to stay competitive.

Speaker: Sky Kelly, Avisare (Supplier and Diversity)

Speaker: Roger Ross, SCC Green Business Certification CEPA (Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency)

Speaker: Olga Medina, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Subcontracting: Sometimes the best way to a contract with a specific company is through that company's prime contractors. Learn more about opportunities in the subcontracting space.

Speaker: Tim McLaughlin, Manager Supplier Diversity & Community Involvement, San Jose Water

11:10am – 11:20am Break

11:25am – 12:30pm

Access to Capital: What are lenders looking for? Access to capital is critical in preparing for a contract. Find out more about: preparing for a loan, eligibility guidelines, and financing options available. Also learn how to receive support in completing a loan application.

Speaker: Dennis King, Executive Director, SBDC Silicon Valley/SBDC Hispanic Satellite

Speaker: Scott Rogalski, SBDC Finance Director

Bidding/Bonding: Effectively responding to a bid is critical to the success of your business. Learn what corporations look for in a winning bid.

Speaker: Paul Hinz, Director of Preconstruction Swinerton Construction

Speaker: Julie Clowes, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Networking will be located in the Breezeway


Business matchmaking opportunities will become available with representatives from select County Departments/Agencies. Indicate your interest when prompted while completing your registration, and you will be contacted on how to secure a spot for a matchmaking meeting.

For any questions regarding the event, please contract:

Antoinnae Comeaux at 408.491.7418 or Christina Romero at 408.338.5058

Refreshments will be served - Courtesy of Catered Too

Parking Information:

Please note, this location is serviced by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail and bus lines 61, 62, 66 and 181.

Paid parking available in the Parking Structure at 171 W Hedding Street directly across from the courthouse.

Free Valet Parking is available in the surface parking lot at the corner of North San Pedro Street and West Hedding Street.

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