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Capital Region Small Business Development Center Names Maria Baptista New Director

Friday, February 7, 2020        

Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced Maria Baptista will join the organization and serve as its new director beginning Feb. 10.

The Capital Region SBDC is hosted by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and provides small business owners and entrepreneurs with no-cost, expert guidance and trainings focused on the startup and expansion of their enterprises.

Baptista joins the Capital Region SBDC with more than a decade of experience advocating and creating programs that support small businesses, locally and statewide. Most recently, she led the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Foundation’s programs, including an SBDC affiliate program, as the vice president of program integration.

“I’m excited to join the Capital Region SBDC team to support the growth of small businesses in Sacramento and beyond,” said newly appointed Director Maria Baptista. “Entrepreneurs and small business leaders can turn to the SBDC and find the support, guidance and resources they need to elevate their business to the next level.”

In 2014, the Sacramento Metro Chamber secured the contract to host Capital Region SBDC to create small business success and bolster economic prosperity. Capital Region SBDC is a nonprofit funded by the U.S. Small Business administration and the state of California to provide technical assistance to small and medium-sized businesses for the purposes of furthering economic prosperity. Last year, the SBDC supported 51 new business starts, consulted over 1,000 clients, and helped clients access more than $20 million in capital. The center is co-located with the Sacramento Metro Chamber and provides services to businesses in Sacramento, Colusa, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.

“Maria has been a friend of the SBDC locally for a while now and we are grateful to be able to put her talents and passion for small business to work for the SBDC full-time,” said Ann Johnson-Stromberg, associate region director of the Norcal SBDC Network.

The Capital Region SBDC is a member of the Northern California Small Business Development Center (Norcal SBDC) nonprofit network, comprised of 18 centers in 36 counties that are dedicated to helping small businesses with every aspect of business creation, growth, management, and operation. The Norcal SBDC Network of centers reached record levels of economic impacts in 2019. Combined, the Network helped clients create more than 4,200 jobs, assisted 500 business get started, counseled and trained more than 20,000 small businesses and helped those clients access $314 million in capital.

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