Small Business Administration Summit

Posted in: Events, Upcoming Events by admin on February 10, 2012

Financial Workshop and Luncheon

The Board of Directors of the Greater Sharpstown Management District and the Small Business Administration have assembled an excellent workshop for business owners of every size, industry, and experience.
If you’re looking for working capital to buy equipment or expand your business, come and learn all you can from the SBA and micro-lenders.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

10:30 a.m. Registration & Exhibitors

11-11:45 a.m. Financial Panel featuring SBA, Houston Business Development, Inc., United Central Bank, & ACCION Texas

12-1:15 p.m. Luncheon featuring Keynote Speaker Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, Regional Administrator, SBA, Region VI

There is no charge for the workshop and luncheon. Seating is limited.
RSVP to Alice Lee at [email protected] by February 15, 2012

Sam Houston Ballroom & Conference Center

6833 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., Houston, TX 77072

(next to the Hilton Garden Inn Westbelt; 2nd floor above the Subway)


Yolanda Garcia Olivarez was appointed Regional Administrator for SBA’s Region VI in August 2009. As Regional Administrator, Olivarez is responsible for the delivery of
the agency’s programs in Region VI, which is headquartered in Dallas and includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.

The five states of Region VI include more than 548,000 square miles. The regional office oversees district offices in Little Rock, AR; New Orleans, LA.; Albuquerque, NM; Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio, TX; and a branch office in Corpus Christi, TX.

Before joining SBA, Olivarez has spent more than 35 years in the trade, commerce and financial services industries. Since 1995 she has been a senior vice president/commercial lender and business development officer at Wells Fargo Bank. She also served 12 years as a Port Commissioner for the Port of Corpus Christi, where she led public finance bond
projects for government entities on the state and federal level. Olivarez was the first woman and Hispanic to chair the commission in its 75 year history.

She has served as a member of several boards and commissions, and for her service has been recognized by several organizations including the National Museum of Mexican Art’s 2009 Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award, the Wall of Honor for Del Mar College, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the Advance Selena Award. She has also been active in the March of Dimes, United Way, American Heart Association, Texas Tomorrow Fund, Costal Bend Bays and Estuaries, the Corpus Christi Community Development Housing Corporation, Christus Spohn Hospital Board and the Catholic Finance Diocese of South Texas.

Olivarez and her husband, Ronnie, are the proud parents of daughter Sofia Anna.


Manuel R. González
District Director
SBA Houston District Office

Manuel R. Gonzalez is the District Director for the 32-county Houston District of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). He holds a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, School of Banking and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the SBA, Mr. Gonzalez held several upper management positions within the private sector.

Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for directing the activities of the Houston District Office, including supervision of a minority small business portfolio comprised of over 100 firms in the 8(a) program, administration of the University of Houston Small Business Development Center and 15 sub-centers, and coordination of two chapters of SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”

Additional Summit Speakers

Shirley Brooks

ACCION Texas – Louisiana,
Regional Director

As Regional Director, Shirley Brooks is responsible for the management and performance of the loan program in Houston and Eastern part of the State of Texas for ACCION Texas-Louisiana. Named to this position 3 years ago, she
is responsible for budget, marketing, production, delinquency, and chargeoffs for the Region’s loan portfolio.

Ms. Brooks has more than 25 years of finance and sales experience. Prior to joining ACCION Texas-Louisiana, she served as Regional Vice President for Madison Communications. She has also worked as a part of the executive sales and marketing teams for several corporations in the Houston area over the last 25 years.

Shirley Brooks attended the University of Houston where she completed her studies in Business/Finance.

Originally from Sugar Land Texas, she still lives in the community and likes to spend her free time being a mom and hanging out
with her 14 year old daughter.

Paul Cheong

United Central Bank
Senior Vice President/
Regional Manager

Paul Cheong currently serves as Senior Vice President/Regional Manager for United Central Bank in the Houston
Region. United Central Bank was founded in 1987 in Garland, Texas. The Bank currently has 29 branches located in 8 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia. Paul Cheong joined United Central Bank in 1995.

Paul Cheong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1984, and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance in 1990 from both the University of Houston and University Park. Prior to joining United Central Bank, Paul Cheong worked at MD Anderson Hospital and managed the Hunan River Restaurant in the River Oaks area.

In 2006, Paul Cheong was selected by the Houston SBA District Office as Financial Service Champion of the Year. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Chairman of the SBA Houston District Advisory Council. He also served as the 2011 President of the Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association.

Marlon Mitchell

Houston Business
Development, Inc.
President and CEO

Marlon Mitchell is the President and CEO of Houston Business Development, Inc. (HBDi) - a 501c3 non-profit agency
engaged in revitalizing neighborhoods and stimulating economic growth throughout the city of Houston. Established in 1986, HBDi provides tools vital to the expansion and growth of small businesses including access to capital and integrated support services tailored to the needs of emerging entrepreneurs. Under the leadership of Mr.Mitchell, the organization has helped to facilitate over $82 million in funding to small
businesses resulting in the creation of approximately 3,000 jobs for citizens of Houston.

Mr. Mitchell has over 27 years of combined experience in commercial lending and community development
financing, and has a broad knowledge of government lending programs and economic development tools. He holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration, and has been certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by
the National Development Council and the Council for Urban Economic Development.

Greater Sharpstown
Management Office

9788 Clarewood Dr., Suit 109
Houston, TX 77036
Office: (001) 713.271.2119
Fax: (001) 713.541.9906