Latino chamber to host SBA presentation

Edward Cadena
Edward Cadena
Brad Currie
Brad Currie
Carolyn Terrell
Carolyn Terrell
John Hart
John Hart

Phil Castle, The Business Times

The Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation in Grand Junction by representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including Ed Cadena, director of the Colorado District Office.

The presentation is set for 11:30 a.m. July 27 at Spoons Bistro, 3090 N. 12th St. The event is open not only to members of the Latino chamber, but also others. Admission is $25, which includes a fajita buffet lunch.

Reservations are due July 22. For reservations or additional information, contact Louise Goodman at 683-5566 or louiseg@timberlinebank.com. Information also is available online from the Web site at www.wclatinochamber.org

In addition to Cadena, the SBA panel will include Brad Currie, an economic development specialist; Carolyn Terrell, a business opportunity specialist; and John Hart, the advocate for SBA Region VIII, which includes Colorado.

Goodman, a member of the  Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce board of directors who organizes business training events, said the presentation will be the fourth hosted by the group in as many years to offer information about SBA resources to local entrepreneurs starting and operating businesses.

“They’ve been very accommodating,” Goodman said of staff from the Colorado District Office of the SBA based in Denver. “It’s been a good partnership.”

The upcoming panel presentation will offer an overview of various SBA programs and services, Goodman said, including assistance with obtaining financing and landing government contracts.

Cadena has served as Colorado district director since 2014, overseeing the delivery of SBA programs and services in the state. It’s his latest position in a nearly 20-year career with the SBA. Cadena previously served as director of the Nevada District Office; acting director of the Lubbock, Texas, District Office; and as deputy and acting director of the New Mexico District Office.

Prior to joining the SBA, Cadena worked for 18 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Resolution Trust Corp.

Terrell administers a variety of programs at the SBA Colorado District Office, including those offering assistance to minority and women-owned small businesses to obtain government contracts. She previously worked for the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Currie is involved with SBA programs and services for veteran-owned small businesses and also serves as a liaison to SCORE, an organization that offers counseling and other assistance to entrepreneurs. Currie served 20 years in the Army and Army Reserve.

Hart has served since 2011 as the advocate for SBA Region VII, which includes Colorado as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Hart offers a link between small business owners and local and state government agencies in the region in helping to resolve problems. He previously worked for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and as a business affairs and financial analyst with the Studiocanal film and television production company in Los Angeles.

Goodman said she expects the four members of the SBA panel participating in the Grand Junction presentation to each talk about their areas of expertise and the ways in which the SBA can help businesses. “I think it’ll be good.”

Founded in February 2013, the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce represents about 100 members that range from individual proprietors to such large employers as the City of Grand Junction and St. Mary’s Medical Center, Goodman said.

In addition to helping businesses owned by Latinos, the chamber offers assistance to businesses serving the Latino population, she said. To that end, the chamber hosts monthly business training and networking events as well as meetings of lead groups.

The chamber also plays an active role in the community, Goodman said, by hosting scholarship fund-raisers and an annual Hispanic heritage month.