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VAMBOA: California Business Portal

Those who own a small business — or want to start one — now have a one-stop source of information about the how-tos.

California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development this month set up a website dedicated to answering basic questions about starting, running or relocating a business.

Users also can use the portal to obtain licenses and permits, as well as to learn about state and local regulations and find links to additional information on government incentives.

The site is at and is accessible on both iOS and Android cell phones and other devices.

Reach Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at


SBA Santa Ana District Office

PLEASE NOTE:  The correct date of the conference is May 6th.  A previous message erroneously had the date as May 2nd.  The correct date is May 6th.

8a conference flyer

This year’s 5th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference promises to be the biggest and best ever.  Conference attendees can count on learning from a full range of informative and engaging workshops offering insights, tools, and hands-on learning experiences for 8(a) and non-8(a) certified small businesses.

For government contracting novices, workshops will explain certification, getting started in federal procurement, writing a compelling capabilities statement, and accessing financing, including SBA-backed loans.

For growing government contractors, seminars will look at honing your marketing tools, learning insider tips from contracting officers and consultants, exploring teaming opportunities, and more.

For established government contractors, workshops will include procurement forecasts from local buying activities, expanding commercial opportunities through prime contractors, and a discussion on new government contracting initiatives that affect small businesses.

Every business participating in the conference will be able to take advantage of one-on-one matchmaking appointments with corporate and government buyers and incredible networking opportunities, right here in Orange County.

There aren’t many opportunities to attend events focused on Federal government procurement here on the West Coast, so register today to reserve yourself a seat at the 5th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference!