Summit Agenda

Accelerating Small Business

9:00AM Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks

  • Linda Nguyen, Vice President | Community Relations Senior Consultant, Wells Fargo Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations Group
  • Mike Daniel, Regional Director, Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network
10:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

  • Keith Kobata, Region Bank President, Wells Fargo
  • Christopher Lorenzana, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Orange County/Inland Empire District
  • Isabel Guzman, Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Panel: “Growing the Small Business Economy”

  • Moderator – Mike Daniel
  •  Panelists:
    • Jesse Ben-Ron, Director of Workforce and Economic Development, Orange County Business Council
    • Bruce Stenslie, President and CEO, Economic Development Collaborative Ventura County
    • Toni Symonds, Consultant, CA Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy
11:15AM Break

Presentation: A Look Ahead at the Orange County Economy

  • Anil Puri, Ph.D., Director, Woods Center for Economic Analyses & Forecasting at California State University Fullerton
12:00PM Networking Lunch

Panel: “Advancing Access to Capital”

  • Moderator – Linda Nguyen
  • Panelists:
    • Nancee Robles, Chief Deputy Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
    • Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC)
2:00PM Break

Presentation: Innovations in Public-Private Partnerships

  • Steve Jones, Mayor, City of Garden Grove
  • Damian Arrula, City Administrator, City of Placentia

Panel: “NextGen Chambers of Commerce”

  • Moderator – Jesse Torres
  • Panelists:
    • David Betancourt, Senior Program Coordinator, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Julian Canete, CEO, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
4:00PM Closing Remarks