Our Team

Our value proposition is truly our team; our SBDC consultants can help you start or add value to your business at any stage. Beyond our core services, our team can provide specialized assistance in: retail, franchise and service-based operations, government contracting and the hospitality industry. Some of our staff members include: Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors who can assist with your accounting systems, marketing specialists who can help you attract new clients and increase your sales, loan consultants with lending preference knowledge, procurement specialists who can help you bid on local, state, and federal solicitations and much more.

We Speak: Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Ukrainian

Inland Empire SBDC Leadership

Inland Empire SBDC Consultants and Staff

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Paul Nolta

Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Debt finance
  • Financial Analysis 
  • Startup Feasibility
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing 

 

Experience

Paul Nolta has been a part of the Inland Empire SBDC for over 16 years. Paul is currently serving as the director and overseeing all operations at his center. Additionally, he is on the leadership team for the Inland Empire Center of Entrepreneurship (IECE). Paul is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of San Francisco State University. Paul has an extensive background in financial analysis, business planning, and leadership. 

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

You will only be as strong as your network. Never stop building it. Try reaching out to at least one person a day, whether that is someone you have not spoken to in a while or someone you have been meaning to get in touch with. Then watch as, over time, good things happen and get much easier. 

 
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Carla Panzera

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Lending
  • Notary Public
  • Tax Preparation
  • Social Media
  • Wedding Industry


Experience

Carla Panzera brings years of experience in financial consulting, underwriting, marketing, and business development from her previous positions in banking and other community micro-lenders. Throughout her career, Carla has coordinated training events, conducted one-on-one consulting with business owners, and evaluated the financial health of small businesses in the region.


The best advice I have ever been given is:

When someone tells you no. Ask why. Then stop, think, learn and accept the challenge.


Languages

Spanish

 

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Hugo-min

Hugo Loyola

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Digital Marketing and eCommerce
  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Educational Publishing


Experience

Hugo is an innovative senior management executive with multiple years of experience working with multi-functional teams and global business units. He is a skilled leader credited for a collaborative communication process. Hugo is also a strong bilingual communicator in English and Spanish and is also fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. He is driven by mission, vision, and results.

The best advice I have ever been given is:
Read (A LOT).

Languages
Spanish, Portuguese

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Jackie Scott

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • SEO
  • Food Distribution

 

Experience

Jackie has owned and operated her San Diego-based fresh and frozen seafood wholesale distribution company for 20 years. Her extensive knowledge of wholesale distribution, production and operations, and supply chain management is coupled with a strong command of all business functions. Since leaving the seafood business, she has polished her skills as a successful marketer and has helped clients unearth concise messaging, identify their unique value proposition, and create effective digital content resulting in increased competitiveness, market awareness, and sales growth.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Respect others.

 

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Jay Allis

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Industry
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Digital Optimization and Guerilla Marketing
  • Operations
  • Licensing and Permitting

 

Experience

Jay has worked for corporate and independent restaurants and caterers for over 25 years.  In that time, he has worked at Michelin-starred establishments, worked with world-class chefs, served celebrity clientele, and traveled the country practicing his trade. He started as a busboy and worked his way up to Sous Chef, Kitchen Manager, and Executive Chef.  He brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge to help business owners start, operate, and streamline their foodservice operations.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Don’t just go through the motions.  Be invested and interested in everything.  Take ownership of everything you do whether you own it or not.

 


Languages

Cantonese

 

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Karla Gonzalez, MBA

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Contracting
  • Business Certifications
  • Business Planning
  • Financing/Lending
  • Start-Up


Experience

Karla specializes in assisting clients to start their business by helping them through financing, licensing, the permitting process, business planning, and projections. She specializes in contracting and certifications where she assists clients in applying for the correct diverse designations and provides them with a good understanding of the contracting/procurement process. 


The best advice I have ever been given is: 

In order for a dream to become reality, you need to write it down and set goals!

 

Languages 

Spanish

 

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Kelly Than

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction (General and Specialty Contractors)
  • Finance and Accounting Operations
  • M&A sell-side advisory
  • Real Estate (multi-family, self-storage)
  • Renewable Energy (solar photovoltaics)
  • Retail and Wholesale
 

Experience
Kelly grew up in an entrepreneurial family and worked in various roles in each new business venture, directly exposing her to business operations at a young age and influencing her career path. This experience plays a significant role in her passion for advocating for small business owners. As a consultant to small businesses, she advises clients on how to uncover new opportunities or create new efficiencies to optimize operations within their business.

The best advice I have ever been given is:

From the sadness, learn something; from the happiness, learn something. From the setback, learn something and even from the success learn something. Never stop learning from any situation in life, for that is where the wisdom lies.

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Leonard Dominguez

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Traditional and Digital Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Brand Management
  • Web Development and SEO

 

Experience

Leonard has extensive experience working with small businesses and assisting them with digital marketing and branding. Additionally, he assists in identifying target markets and driving digital presence for businesses. He has worked in various industries including technology, medical devices, and education. One of his most notable accomplishments is growing brands internationally. He is also a professor at the University of Redlands. 

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Focus on the small wins and have those small wins drive you to accomplish milestones and end goals.


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Lupe Ramos Amith

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Land Development
  • Property Management
  • Food and Brewery
  • Medical
  • Governmental Affairs and Permitting
  • Social Media
  • Finance


Experience

Lupe has over 30 years of experience as a small business owner. She started her career as the bookkeeper for her family businesses and has helped many start-ups by assisting them with formation, hiring, training, accounting, and business development. Most notably, she has helped hundreds of businesses secure funding for their businesses pre and post-pandemic.

The best advice I have ever been given is:
If you don’t stand up for the rights of others, then who will remain to protect yours?

Languages
Spanish

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Mary Cervantes

Training Coordinator

Experience

Mary holds a background in planning and implementing specialized educational programming for over 10 years. She takes pride in providing access to training that assists small businesses in starting and expanding their businesses. She strives to offer relevant training that meets the needs of small businesses.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

You must listen to learn. 

 

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Nataliya Hyrych

Administrative Assistant

Experience

For almost 8 years, Nataliya has worked as an office assistant for a small HVAC company. Throughout the years of her work, she was able to see how a small business operates from within, what obstacles it has to overcome on its way to achieving goals, and how rewarding it is to be able to help people in need.

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Dream big, work hard, stay humble. 

 

Languages

Ukrainian


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Patrick Flaherty

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Resources
  • Employee Development
  • Sales Management

 

Experience

Patrick has over 40 years of experience in operations and sales management, and 20 years of experience in the outsourced human resources field. He is currently an HR instructor at several universities and founded an HR consultancy firm in 2014. Patrick holds senior HR certifications from industry associations.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Do what you say you are going to do and treat your employees with respect and compassion.

 

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Robert Usher

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Finance
  • Business Planning
  • Franchising

 

Experience

Robert has been exposed to small businesses from an early age due to his parents owning one. He managed a small business in college and then started consulting with convenience store franchisees (7-Eleven) shortly after graduating. He has worked with thousands of small business owners on everything from startup licensing to business plans to financing in his 21 years at the Inland Empire SBDC.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Do or do not; there is no try.

 
 
 
 
 

Victor Londot

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerospace and Defense Industry
  • Procurement Strategy
  • Subcontracting Pre-Award / Post-Award Performance
  • Manufacturing and Operations
  • Root Cause, Corrective Action, and Variance Analysis
 

Experience
Victor has extensive experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry and is knowledgeable in the process of requesting information, quotes, and proposal processes solicited at the U.S. Federal level. He has worked in supplier management, procurement, manufacturing, and operations roles, developing and executing strategies to achieve company goals. He has also been a speaker at several supplier diversity conferences, speaking on topics including “Demystifying the RFx Processes,” “Responding to Proposal Solicitations,” and “Doing Business within the Aerospace Industry.”

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Always take the high road.

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Wendy Main

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting
  • QuickBooks

 

Experience

Wendy specializes in small businesses ranging from start-up to approximately $15,000,000 in gross revenues. She has worked in the medical practice, home health care agency, printing, construction, and legal and consulting firm industries. Wendy is currently certified as a QuickBooks Online Proadvisor and enjoys teaching her clients how to use the software efficiently to obtain useful information to manage their business better. She also consults on accounting, tax education, business entity selection, and overall business management and process creation.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime”

 

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Yadira Dominguez

Business Consultant

Areas of Expertise

  • Retail
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Merchandising
  • Employee Training

 

Experience

Yadira is an energetic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable consultant with over 12 years of retail experience. Yadira has worked in many different positions for a variety of large and small businesses. Because of this, she understands what it takes to be successful regardless of business size. Yadira brings a unique set of experience, skills, and perspective to any business. Her areas of expertise are transferable across many fields allowing her to assist a diverse range of clients.

 

The best advice I have ever been given is:

Things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

 

 

Languages

Spanish

 

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