Alameda County SBDCNewark, CA

Charles Spencer and Tom Camerato recognized for their outstanding performance in 2011 at regional conference

SAN FRANCISCO -  San Francisco Small Business Development Center’s Charles Spencer and Tom Camerato have been recognized by the Northern California SBDC Regional Network for their outstanding performance in 2011.

The awards were presented during the All Network Conference held in Berkeley on Feb. 3 attended by more than 150 SBDC affiliates and business community representatives from all over Northern California. The awards shine a light on Charles and Tom, who have excelled in efforts to create positive economic impact in their local community. 

In 2011, Charles and Tom, and a cadre of other SBDC advisors provided one-on-one consulting and training to nearly 17,000 entrepreneurs in Northern California.  Those services led to the creation and retention of more than 2,500 jobs, sales increases of over $62 million and over $50 million in capital infusion (loans and equity) for client businesses in 2011.

“This special acknowledgment is a way of recognizing business advisors who go beyond the call of duty and who most significantly help the businesses they assist grow and prosper,” said NorCal SBDC Regional Director Kristin Johnson.  “The good work of Charles Spencer and Tom Camerato has directly helped businesses create jobs and increase sales in their communities.”

The SBDC is part of a national network of centers that assist small businesses by providing no-cost coaching and technical assistance and is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC was created for the purpose of helping entrepreneurs build their business and contribute to the economic development of their local communities. The NorCal SBDC Network encompasses 14 Northern California counties from the Oregon border to Monterey and is the largest territory in the state.

“Charles Spencer and Tom Camerato provide outstanding support to our clients in business and financial management. They were key components of the economic impact achieved by our center. Some of the center milestones include over $13 million in client’s sales increase and a capital formation of over $5.5 million”, said Al Dixon, SF SBDC Director. 

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