San Bernardino County Small Business Conference

Thursday, July 27, 2023 | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Bernardino

285 East Hospitality Lane San Bernardino, CA 92408

Are You Ready to Grow Your Business?

The San Bernardino County Small Business Conference is focused on empowering your business with the education, resources, and information you need to grow and expand. This conference is right for you if you are looking to find opportunities to increase your revenue, understand what it takes to access capital, learn about digital and social marketing, and more. You will learn tactical tools and identify resources that can be implemented into your business immediately. There will be more than 20 breakout sessions, an opportunity to network with other business owners and business resource providers and meet with state and local legislators, lunch with keynote speakers, and more.

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Mike Daniel

Regional Director

Mike Daniel is the Regional Director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners throughout Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Mike was formerly the director of the SBDC office at Long Beach City College from 2010 to June 2015. As business owner and entrepreneur himself, he started his career as the owner of a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory location in Manhattan Beach and went on to open a second location in Long Beach in 2001. At their peak, the locations had a total of 20 employees and both locations had managers and assistant managers. In 2007, Daniel sold the Manhattan Beach store for an above-market offer then invested in several additional locations as a minority shareholder. Mike currently owns a new venture located in Shoreline Village in Long Beach called, Sugar Daddies Sweet Shoppe, based on “fill-it yourself” candy options.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

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Katrina Smith

Associate Regional Director

Areas of Expertise 

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Grant Management
  • Operation

Experience
Katrina Smith is the Associate Director for the Orange County Inland Empire Regional Small Business Development Center Network. Prior to working with the Small Business Development Center, Katrina worked for the CSU, Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation in the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Sponsored Programs Administrator. In this position, she financially managed all sponsored research projects in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics College, College of Education, and College of Business and Economics. Katrina was responsible for managing budgets and spending, compliance, financial reporting, and audits for these projects. She is also highlighted as an influential leader in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40.

The best advice I have ever been given is:
Don’t listen to criticism from people you would never seek advice from.

Kylee Zhang

Kylee Zhang

Data and Research Manager

Areas of Expertise 

  • Market Research 
  • Data Analysis 
  • CyberSafe

Experience
Kylee received an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science degree in Information System and Decision Science from California State University, Fullerton. She currently leads the team of market research and data analysis in the Lead Center.

The best advice I have ever been given is:
Life is too short to do something you don’t love.

Languages
Mandarin

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Jessica Juarez

Finance Administrator

Areas of Expertise

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Research Administration


Experience
Jessica attended California State University, Fullerton, and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Finance. Before joining the Lead Center, Jessica worked on campus in the Office of Sponsored Programs. She served as liaison to program administrators and university staff. Jessica also assisted in the account set-up and close-out process for all post-award grants and contracts. The four years she spent in her research administration role helped her become familiar with the Small Business Development Center’s accounts.

The best advice I have ever been given is:
Never settle for the path of least resistance