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On Thursday, June 17, the Women's Business Center of California (WBCC) is hosting its second of three expos scheduled this year. The event, Mining for Corporate and Government Gold, will be held at the Spectrum Academic Center, 9388 Lightwave Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with exhibitors and business leaders, as well as find out which corporations and government agencies are required to give contracts to small and minority businesses. Participants will also learn how to gain access to larger clients with longer-term contracts. A panel discussion and Q&A session, moderated by The Daily Transcript Editor in Chief Reo Carr, will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. The goal of the discussion is to learn the process a small business owner must learn in order to work with government agencies and large corporations, including what it takes to get contracts, how to make sure that your company is ready to take on a project and how to respond to an RFP, among other topics. The following is additional information about the expo panelists.

Robert Ketts

Robert Ketts has been employed by Cubic Defense Applications Inc. as director, material for the past three years. Before that he served Cubic Defense as director, strategic relationships for 18 months. For the 30 years prior to joining Cubic, Ketts was a career Naval officer and is a retried Navy captain. His active duty career began afloat as a surface warfare officer. Converting to the Navy Supply Corps in 1972, he served in a variety of billets afloat, ashore and overseas. Ketts holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MBA from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Llewellyn

Rebecca Llewellyn is president and CEO of Payco Specialties Inc. She is a licensed California general contractor with over 29 years experience in the highway and airport delineation field. Presently serving on the California Transportation Small Business Advisory Council, representing women construction owners. Recently, Mayor Dick Murphy appointed her to the Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission for a second term. She also serves on the board of directors of the Engineering and General Contractors Association. Llewellyn is past National President of Women Construction Owners and Executives, and is committed to ensuring career opportunities for women are open in all fields, including construction.

Frank Hewitt

Frank Hewitt joined INDUS Technology Inc. in October 2003 to lead its Western Region's efforts in developing and managing its professional services business. He is the company's vice president. Hewitt is the president and a co-founder of the nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC). He sits on several boards, including the Technology Advisory Board for Congressman Duke Cunningham, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) at the national level, and is a member of the board of directors and past president of the San Diego Chapter, NDIA. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and a graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Mike Arme, vice president of western operations for BRH-Garver Inc., is also a panelist.

The WBCC is part of National University's School of Business and Information Management. The center's main goals are assessment, education and access to funding for women entrepreneurs. In addition to the expos, the WBCC has developed a full calendar of classes and seminars for San Diego women entrepreneurs. The third expo, to be held Nov. 11, will be a Women's Business-to-Business Expo. Admission is $10. For more information, call (619) 563-7188.

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