Photo Gallery: Small Business Conference, San Francisco
(August 26, 2011)
- Small business owners queue up to attend a small business opportunity conference, “Helping small businesses grow to create good jobs for everyone” at the San Francisco Federal Building Aug. 26.
- Nearly 150 representatives from small businesses signed up to hear from the Labor Department, Small Business Administration and General Services Administration about opportunities to grow their businesses through contracting with programs such as Job Corps.
- Security Cadets Christian Clay, Cameron Clay, Meichun Luo and Nicholas Cook from the San Francisco’s Treasure Island Job Corps Center presented the colors to open the event.
- Three of the four Marshall Island Boys (Jesse Lucky, Kimyo Robert, Bemi Beia and Raphael Nathan), all students at the Sacramento Job Corps Center, performed a harmonious version of the national anthem with ukulele accompaniment.
- San Francisco Human Rights Commission Executive Director Theresa Sparks represented Mayor Ed Lee in welcoming the crowd to San Francisco. Sparks highlighted the importance of creating good jobs for the city’s residents through small businesses and the significant impact of those jobs on the local economy. Joining Ms. Sparks in opening the conference are (left to right) OASAM Regional Administrator Doug Betten, Mark Quinn, district director of the San Francisco office of the Small Business Administration, Brian Daher, regional director of Job Corps, and Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Jane Oates. (Not pictured, Linda Heartley, administrator of ETA’s Office of Contracts Management.)
- Michele Chang, a senior advisor with the Small Business Administration, provided an overview of small business federal contracting programs.
- Isela Martin, with the Labor Department’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, shared how small businesses can work with the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration. Sonja Carrion, director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged business Utilization, and Peni Webster and Chris Magruder, ETA, also spoke at the conference workshops.
- Many of the attendees took advantage of the opportunity to network with other small businesses and government contractors.
- OASAM regional staff members Joseph Maciel, (far left), Paul Cardenas and Tommy Williams provided information and assistance to many of the conference attendees.