Inc.: In California’s Kevin McCarthy, A Small Business Advocate Rises to GOP’s Top

Kevin-McCarthy_37943With the election of Kevin McCarthy, BusinessUS and other California small businesses find ourselves in an interesting political position: both the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the House, and the SBA Administrator, are from our home state.

Read more about Kevin McCarthy and small business here

“In McCarthy, Republicans have found a moderate voice with strong business ties, and the ability to understand the concerns of smaller businesses. They have also found someone who may be able to unify the fractious voices that have prevented the Republican caucus from taking meaningful action on legislation like immigration reform.”

Nancy Pelosi: “After raising $1.8 million for Democrats through her leadership PAC in 2002, Pelosi got the top job when Minority Leader Dick Gephardt. She was the first woman to ever lead a party in Congress. In 2006, she teamed up with Schumer, Harry Reid, and Rahm Emanuel and hatched a plan to take back Congress. …and it totally worked! Democrats won the majority in both chambers, and Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House. In the first 100 hours of being Speaker in 2006, Pelosi raised the minimum wage, enacted the 9/11 commission report, ended many tax subsidies to oil companies, and made new rules about lobbying.”

Read more about Pelosi’s successes here 

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet has a wide range of experience having been a business owner, founder of a Latino-owned community bank and a former California cabinet secretary. She’s also been an advocate for Hispanics.

“She knows business and she knows the economics and the business of raising capital, and the importance of building a solid small business community,” says Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, president of Los Angeles-based Berkhemer-Clayton, an executive search firm. She has known Contreras-Sweet for about 25 years and worked with her at nonprofit groups including the March of Dimes.

Contreras-Sweet, 58, first became a business owner in 1980, as a partner in the 7UP/RC Bottling of Southern California. She also served on the board of directors of the health insurer Blue Cross of California. In 1999, she became secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and was the first Hispanic woman in the state Cabinet. She held that post until 2003.

Here’s a good summary of the SBA Administrator’s California career

~ Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS

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Programming expert Chris Serra joins BusinessUS technology team

DeathtoStock_Wired2PRESS RELEASE: “We are extremely fortunate to have a programmer of Chris Serra’s stature join our technology team,” says Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS. “Chris’ deep knowledge and 16 years’ experience in solving complex technology issues will help us develop the best-in-class technology platform we need to compete.”

Read the full release here

Pavlik ranked 5th on AVP, in today’s final round at St. Petersburg Open

Pavlik_at_St_Petersburg_Open_2014Check out Whitney Pavlik’s AVP page: http://www.avp.com/player/whitney-pavlik – currently ranked 5th by the AVP!

Our photogenic superstar is featured by CBS: http://www.avp.com/news/watch-the-avp-st-petersburg-open-finals-live-on-cbs-sports-network

The team of Pavlik and Jennifer Forma is seeded 3rd at the St. Petersburg Open on the AVP Tour.

Final round today!

Here’s the rankings: http://www.avp.com/stats/st-petersburg-open-14-w

Good luck today Whitney!!

 

(Posted by Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS)

Norris Lozano and Stephanie Bitters at NAGGL Technical Conference this week

NL-SB-tandem-shotBusinessUS (www.bizbank.us) is well represented at the annual SBA Lending Technical Conference hosted by the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), as the firm’s CEO Norris Lozano, and 27-year SBA veteran Stephanie Bitters, its Managing Director of SBA Lending & Chief Credit Officer, have arrived in Bonita Springs, Florida.

The BusinessUS executives arrive from a week of meetings on Washington and New York.

Read the FULL RELEASE

We’re Sponsoring Olympic Hopeful Whitney Pavlik


p1160807430-3BusinessUS is super proud to announce our sponsorship of Olympic-hopeful women’s volleyball player Whitney Pavlik (@WhitneyPavlik)
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She’s a superstar athlete, (note the skywalker on the left of this awesome Allen Szto photo – and she’s not even the hitter on her team!).

Whitney’s strength and hard work really inspire us.

She’s in China for the first tournaments of the 2014 FIVB season, and sporting some fine BusinessUS gear – – Bring back some hardware, Whitney!

 

NBA Player Shooting For Madison Ave

BN-CB076_mashst_E_20140323121727Great article in today’s Wall Street Journal about Jamal Mashburn and his Chicago-based marketing agency, Mashburn Sackett, a partnership with the inimitable Jonathan Sackett.

Check ’em out!

~Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS

BusinessUS Grows Lending Team with Addition of Ivette Hernandez

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Business US continues to build its lending team with the addition of experienced SBA lending veteran Ivette Hernandez, who brings 20 years’ experience in small business lending and real estate financing to the California-based nonbank lender.

Ivette reports to Stephanie Bitters, Managing Director of SBA Lending and Chief Credit Officer. She started with BusinessUS on March 6th.

Read the press release.

Lozano and Bitters presenting at NAGGL Lending Leadership Summit

Headshot_NLozano 2_BWNorris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS, will be presenting “Delivering Capital to Underserved Communities” with Stephanie Bitters at the Lending Leadership Summit of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), February 20.

In speaking to the 80+ C-level executives invited to the NAGGL summit, Lozano will reach into a deep well of experience in serving underserved communities with loans and resources. He has been responsible for leading teams in delivering key financing to projects with total costs of over $1 Billion in the last decade.

For more information on Norris Lozano, please visit this link.

For the text of the press release on the NAGGL Lending Leadership Summit, please click here

Stephanie Bitters presenting at NAGGL Lending Leadership Summit

Headshot_Stephanie Bitters_BWREMINDER: Stephanie Bitters is presenting at the the Lending Leadership Summit of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), a national organization focused on loans guaranteed by government agencies. The presentation is titled “Delivering Capital to Underserved Communities”.

Ms. Bitters, Managing Director of SBA Lending and Chief Credit Officer of BusinessUS, will be presenting with CEO Norris Lozano during the morning session, February 20th.

Read the whole release here

11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

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Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

Forbes is reporting optimism for women entrepreneurs in 2014, citing data from “Growing Under the Radar: An Exploration of the Achievements of Million-Dollar Women-Owned Firms”, which was put out by American Express OPEN project.

Here are a few quick factoids from the study:

  • Between 2002 and 2012, the number of all women-owned firms has grown by 28.6%, slightly more than the 24.4% increase in all U.S. businesses. (Similarly, the number of $1M+ women-owned firms has grown by 30.7%, just over the 28.9% increase in all million-dollar firms.
  • But, at the highest end of sales achievement, the number of $10M+ women-owned firms has grown by 56.6%—fully 47% higher than the 38.4% increase among all $10M+ firms.
  • Over the past decade, the growth in the number of women-owned firms with $10 million or more in revenues has increased by 56.6%, a rate 47% faster than the rate of growth of all $10M+ firms and nearly twice (+98%) the rate of growth of all women-owned firms.

The full report is available here

~ Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS, a California-based small business lender with women executives in several top leadership positions.

Small Business Lending: Top 10 Franchises of 2014 – Entrepreneur Mag

2014_Top_Franchises_Entrepreneur_Mag“As a non-bank lender competing in the small business lending world, we are constantly on the lookout for information about lending opportunities for small businesses with growth opportunities,” says Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS.

“Many of these opportunities are franchises.”

Here’s a list from Entrepreneur Magazine – their 35th Annual Franchise 500 ranking which “reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth.”

Click on the link or the image to get to the list.