The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Network announced Cheryl Brown as the 2012 Regional State Star. Brown is a business consultant for the North San Diego SBDC.
Brown helped clients achieve an economic impact of more than $24.5 million and created more than 150 new jobs. During her tenure, she has provided consulting to more than 500 small businesses.
“I believe that everyone likes to be recognized and awarded,” Brown said. “I am just doing my job and I love what I do.
Brown said the real reward is helping the small business clients she works with achieve their goals.
“There’s nothing more satisfying than following up with a small business and learning that they have been awarded a government contract and now they can pay their mortgage and put food on the table because of the guidance we have provided,” she said.
A vital member of the North San Diego center since 2007, Brown began as a training facilitator. Her initiative and drive in suggesting and implementing new ideas in training, marketing and promotional activities makes her a valuable member of the team.
In 2010, Brown earned the SBA “Woman Business Champion of the Year” and is certified with the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer in Introduction to Technology Commercialization.
“We are incredibly proud of Cheryl,” said Debbie Trujillo, regional director of the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network. “This award is just a small reflection of her dedication to small businesses and her impact on the region she serves.”
Brown has developed training programs to help small businesses pitch to investors, expand their social media marketing, commercialize with technology and learn how to do business with government agencies.
“Cheryl is definitely the person to assist you,” said SBDC client Rhonda McCoy. “She helped me get all the documentation together for my Caltrans WBE/DBE certification. I would still be accumulating documents a year later if it wasn’t for Cheryl’s expertise.”