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

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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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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Victor Benoun

Victor Benoun

Position: Business Advisor
Business expertise: Business Plans, Business Start-up, Speaking Engagements

I love helping people ... when you see others have a break through to accomplish their goals it is very rewarding.

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Eugene Zapata

Eugene Zapata

Position: Business Advisor
Business expertise: Accounting, Electronic bookkeeping, Quickbooks, Business Plans, Business Financing, Management, Technology

As an SBDC advisor who greatly enjoys helping people, Zapata finds the most important and rewarding event is when his clients call to share successes and efficiencies in their businesses.

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Anngel Benoun

Anngel Benoun

Position: Business Advisor
Business expertise: Sales & Marketing, Time Management

I enjoy being a mentor, assisting clients to think out of the box, and developing their sales personalities to achieve optimum results.

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Claudia Shah

Claudia Shah

Position: Lead Business Advisor
Business expertise: Español, talent acquisition, social media, leadership, management

Claudia Shah has more than 26 years of experience working locally and internationally in different industries, from Manufacturing to Financial Institutions in both Colombia and in the United States.  Her experience has made her a seasoned professional as she has experienced the varying dynamics of different companies and seen firsthand their leadership and management preferences.   // Claudia Shah tiene más de 26 años de experiencia trabajando local e internacionalmente en diferentes industrias, desde manufacturación hasta instituciones financieras en Colombia y en los Estados Unidos. Su experiencia la ha convertido en una profesional en diferentes tipos de negocios, ya que ha trabajado y dirigido diferentes compañías y ha visto de primera mano sus preferencias de liderazgo y gestión.

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Gerald Anderson

Position: Business Advisor
Business expertise: Business planning, strategy, management, financial management, organizational development and performance, business entity formations, start-up activities

Gerald Anderson, an SBDC Business Advisor since 2017, assists clients with business planning, strategy, management, financial management, organizational development and performance, business entity formations and start-up activities.

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