VISA selects Orange County SBDC client Robbins Nest Wine Bar and Bistro as winner of National competition!


In late December 2014, Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) long-term client, Robbins Nest Wine Bar and Bistro  was announced as the winner of a national competition sponsored by VISA.  As a result, in 2015, they will be featured in professionally-produced success video fully paid for by VISA.

While we are very proud of founder, Vincent Canino and general manager, Lisa Robbins for their success in launching Robbins Nest Wine Bar and Bistro in the heart of Santa Ana, we are doubly delighted that their vision and tenacity has won them the VISA competition and opportunity for national recognition.

The national competition was open to Small Business Development Center clients from 10 states including California.  Robbins Nest success story was submitted for the national competition by the Orange County/Inland Empire Regional SBDC Network.

VISA’s selection criterion was based on:

o   Being an SBDC client

o   Having significant economic impact in their community

o   Having achieved  great success (with visual appeal) through the assistance of their SBDC

Additional consideration was given to nominees who use electronic payments to build the business.

As to the contribution of Orange County SBDC in their success, Vincent Canino says it best – “Even if you are an experienced business leader, as I’ve been, the best action I ever took was reaching out to SBDC.  The experience and talent in this organization helped me uncover potential pitfalls throughout the entire process from building a business plan to securing capital to project execution.  Never be too proud nor think you are too smart.  SBDC will be your other set of eyes and ears that will increase your ability to be successful in your business venture.”

Allow us to be part of your success, contact us to find out how Orange County SBDC can assist you in starting, growing and expanding your business.

Looking to start or grow your business?

We at the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC, are here to help you with every aspect of your business to help it grow and become successful.
Give us a call at 1-800-616-7232 or schedule a quick, 15-minute intake appointment at to see how we can help you start, grow, and succeed.

VISA selects Orange County SBDC client Robbins Nest Wine Bar and Bistro as winner of National competition!

Mike Daniel is the network 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. 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. In 2007, Mike sold the Manhattan Beach store for an above-market offer then invested in several additional locations as a minority shareholder. Mike further expanded his candy empire with 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.