Assisting Clients in
North Los Angeles County
661.362.5900
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The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons

Our SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons serves Northern Los Angeles County including the Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley. We help entrepreneurs, prospective and existing small business owners start new businesses,  manage and grow existing businesses with a positive impact to the economy through job creation, job retention, capital infusion and sales growth. We support business owners with professional business consulting, trainings, and other resources.

We provide no cost business consulting and low cost training services to help grow businesses, and enhance skills for entrepreneurs and business owners. Our SBDC Team includes professional business consultants with expertise in business planning, business modeling, start-up, access to capital and capital preparation, sales and marketing, social media, finance, accounting, budgeting, operations, management, and strategy. Specialties include international trade, entertainment and arts, the fashion industry, food, specialty foods and restaurants, manufacturing, supply chain management, and government contracting. Consulting services are provided at no cost to our clients due to support from the SBA, COC, grants, and other SBDC sponsors who believe in our contribution to economic development and the impact through local communities.

We are part of the Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network, which assists small business owners throughout the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

About the COC SBDC Team

Our team is pleased to offer our consulting services in English, Spanish, Armenian, Greek, German and American Sign Language, as needed. Please contact us at (661) 362-5900 to schedule your appointment.

Servicios en Español | Llame al: 661.362.3199

Leadership

Catherine Grooms, MBA

Catherine Grooms, MBA

Position: Director
Business expertise: Accounting, Business Planning, Financing, Management, Operations, Growth Strategy

As Director, I manage a team of 21, including 18 professional business consultants and direct all services of the SBDC including delivering results, marketing, managing finance and budgets, sponsor and partnership relationship management, developing events and managing grants. I am honoured to work with entrepreneurs and business owners who help improve the local economies, as a member of the SBDC Team since 2006. Food…everyone eats, but I love cooking and eating foods from different regions.

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Paul Mazbanian, MBA

Paul Mazbanian, MBA

Position: Assistant Director
Business expertise: Accessing Debt Financing, Business Plans, Certifications

As assistant Director, I use the skills I have learned over the years as an entrepreneur and as an SBDC consultant to assess the needs of each client and match our consultant's skill set with our clients . I also assist in analyzing and compiling our client's progress to support the center's growth and the progress of our clients.

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Business Consultants

Ben Tenn, MBA

Ben Tenn, MBA

Position: Senior Consultant
Business expertise: Business Startups, Strategy, Marketing Sales, San Fernando Valley Representative

I have served more than 600 local small business clients over the past seven years in the greater San Fernando Valley, from start-ups to 30 year old established businesses and in nearly every business category and industry. I have owned two small businesses for more than twenty years and also worked for many years in management for large corporations, with total sales generated of more than $2 billion. I like to travel and enjoy fine wines.

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Gil Murphy

Gil Murphy

Position: Senior Consultant
Business expertise: Access to Capital, Business Plans

After college and 4 years of flying helicopters with the US Marines, I was a CEO of several sales & marketing companies. As a senior consultant at the SBDC, my passion is imparting to new and existing entrepreneurs the need to write, understand and use a business plan. My specialty is asset management, assisting companies in trouble and helping to procure needed funds.

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Erica Bristol

Erica Bristol

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Patents Business Contracts/Transactions, Mediation

I consult SBDC clients on the legal aspects of their business, such as entity selection and formation, intellectual property, contract drafting and review, regulatory compliance and ecommerce matters. On a personal note, I enjoy all things motorsports, especially Formula 1 and MotoGP racing, classic muscle cars and attending live concerts.

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Tora Brown, Psy D.

Tora Brown, Psy D.

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Certifications for bidding public contracts, Initial Client Meetings

As the public/government relations specialist at the COC SBDC, I believe that managing communications is about more than just 'spreading the word'. My goal is to inspire, motivate and empower my clients to reach new levels in their business by connecting with their ideal client. As a native of So Cal, I recharge by driving around in my convertible soaking up the sun and letting the wind blow through my hair.

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Mark Colonomos

Mark Colonomos

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Fashion Industry Specialist, Business Start-ups

A professor of business at the college level and a member of the FIDM Hall of Fame, I have been a successful manufacturer, retailer and consultant for the past thirty years. My experience transcends the norm and my style of both teaching and consulting is both enjoyable and informative. As I speak from personal experience, I can exemplify alternative ways of achieving your goals. I am proud to be on the COC SBDC team!

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Kevin Farr, MBA

Kevin Farr, MBA

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Real Estate & Leases, Business Development, Financial Forecasting, and General Management

As a generalist consultant, I assist all types of new businesses from start-up through early stages of growth. I'm also the real estate specialist for our SBDC's clients of all sizes, helping them navigate the complexities of landlord and lease negotiations, locating new facilities, working with real estate brokers, and operating real estate-related businesses. In my free time, I'm as likely to be found in the stands enjoying a good baseball game as on the field umpiring one.

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Stuart Fried, MA

Stuart Fried, MA

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: LinkedIn, Social Media, Executive Development

As an experienced business and career coach, I deliver workshops and provide consulting for LinkedIn, Facebook, business development and networking to our COC SBDC clients. I am passionate about helping our clients navigate the challenges of utilizing social media to promote and grow their businesses. During my leisure time, I love to travel, hike, attend theatre and concerts and spend quality time with my teenage daughter.

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Sylvia Martini, CGBP

Sylvia Martini, CGBP

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: International Trade, Marketing

I assist clients in international trade, marketing, sales and web communications. My people skills and open-minded nature inspire business partners and creates long-term relationships. I love staying in motion, having a great conversation and discovering the world.

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Kevin McVearry

Kevin McVearry

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Restaurant Specialist

As a restaurant operations specialist for the SBDC I work with all restaurants, bars, and nightclubs from start ups to existing businesses. From concept to completion and beyond I can assist in all areas of business. I appreciate the opportunity to sit with our clients to help them start, grow or grow their business.

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Connie Sparks

Connie Sparks

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Business Training, Professional Development

As a consultant and trainer, I have the awesome opportunity of sharing my years of experience, knowledge, and expertise with entrepreneurs hungry for success. It gives me great pleasure to show our clients how to successfully start a business the right way, finance their business, and grow with confidence. My many years of experience working with financial institutions and the SBA have landed me the nickname “Money Lady”, which I gladly wear with honor.

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Charles Yacoobian, CPA

Charles Yacoobian, CPA

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: Financial Management, Export/Import, General Management, Growth Management, Inventory Management

I enjoy assisting small business owners and budding entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams, mentoring them on entity formation, business plans, financial projections/analysis and operational issues. In my free time, I play drums in a classic rock band and in the UCLA Alumni Band.

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Ramin Ramhormozi

Ramin Ramhormozi

Position: Consultant
Business expertise: E-Commerce

 In 2003 Ramin filled an empty niche in the marketplace by founding GroomStand Inc., e-commerce groomsmen gift retailer. Ramin also spearheaded an e-commerce app and distributor with Personalization Pop and aOa Commerce advising and consulting for e-commerce.

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