FRESNO, Calif. – The University of California, Merced, Small Business Development Center Regional Network (UC Merced SBDC) will recognize six small business owners who embody America’s entrepreneurial spirit on May 3 in Fresno. The event coincides with National Small Business Week, May 1-7, which was established in 1963 to highlight the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
The UC Merced SBDC small businesses of the year are: Advanced Linen Services, Patterson; Current Culture H20, Fresno; Elemental Herbs, Morro Bay; Q-Flex, San Louis Obispo; TRIS Technology Solutions, Bakersfield; Warren’s Automotive, Ridgecrest.
“These business owners are making a difference in their communities, and we are very pleased to honor their achievements,” said Diane Howerton, regional director for UC Merced SBDC.
Each recipient will be recognized during the Small Business Recognition Program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Tornino’s Restaurant, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno. The guest speaker will be Julia Rhodes, founder of KleenSlate Concepts (2001), who has built a thriving international company with a growing line of award-winning products.
In 2015, the UC Merced SBDC leadership and consulting team assisted more than 4,000 entrepreneurs with technical assistance and business workshops. In addition, new equity capital invested and loans for SBDC clients total more than $20.9 million, with 126 new businesses started and 664 jobs created and/or retained.
For reservations and more information about the Small Business Recognition Program, contact UC Merced SBDC at http://sbdc.ucmerced.edu<http://sbdc.ucmerced.edu/>, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or 559-241-7413.
UC Merced was awarded the SBA contract in 2003 to serve 14 counties in Central California: San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Monterey, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Mono and Inyo. The mission of the network is to promote the development and growth of small businesses by providing high quality business assistance