Small Business Means New Business for High-Tech Consultants: How the SBA Can Help

Tue, May 16 2006, 7:00 pm              Small Business Means New Business for High-Tech Consultants: How the SBA Can Help 1

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the Federal Agency that provides guaranteed loans, training, counseling, government contracting assistance and a host of other services to small business throughout the United States.

Michael Elkin, Assistant District Director for Entrepreneurial Development in San Francisco, will discuss how the SBA can help your consulting company benefit from the various SBA programs and how you can work with organizations like SCORE and Small Business Development Center to provide more services to Bay Area small businesses.

Some of the services Mr. Elkin will discuss include:

  • How to obtain SBA Financing
  • Management training and counseling for small businesses
  • How to participate in SCORE or Small Business Development Center as a consultant
  • How SBA can help you get you get Federal Government contracts
  • How to access government grants for technology research (Small Business Innovation Research)

The SBA Entrepreneur Center website has further information on this topic. In addition, the SBA Entrepreneur Center Counseling and Consulting Services website is a resource for management consulting.

About the speaker,  Michael Elkin, Small Business Admin.-San Francisco office

Michael Elkin is the Assistant District Director for Entrepreneurial Development for the San Francisco District of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Elkin is responsible for all management training and consulting programs in the San Francisco region, including 10 small business development centers, 5 SCORE chapters and 3 entrepreneur centers. Last year, these programs provided services to over 43,000 business and start-ups.

Mr. Elkin has been with the Small Business Administration for 16 years. Prior to his position as Assistant District Director, Mr. Elkin managed the Oakland One Stop Capital Shop, and was the Regional Manager for SBA’s International Trade program, responsible for developing the Agency’s trade programs throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

Mr. Elkin served as an U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 1986-1988, providing management consulting to small businesses in the Mt. Kenya region. Mr. Elkin continues to stay involved in global development issues and has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organization most recently assisting the organization in the development of a new initiative to target growth oriented enterprises throughout East and Southern Africa and South Asia.

Mr. Elkin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from San Francisco State University. He can be reached at 415.744.8491.

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