Patrick Rodriguez / SBA

Patrick Rodriguez

Senior Area Manager
Small Business Administration
NC District Office

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration
has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions
and other forms of assistance to small businesses.


SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

   • Access to Capital
   • Entrepreneurial Development
   • Government Contracting
   • Advocacy

Patrick Rodriguez, Raleigh’s Senior Area Manager of the North Carolina District Office
of the Small Business Administration, will speak with us about a promising new initiative
for our community from the SBA - LGBT Business Builder.

His presentation outlines how this program pools expertise and resources from the SBA’s district
and regional offices, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s thirty-eight affiliate chapters.

This innovative program is helping business owners leverage the chamber’s LGBT-owned business certification by assisting businesses in securing government contracts, exporting goods, and obtaining capital right here in the Triangle.






Got CEU's?   We Do!

 Tidewater TechExpo Awards 1.0 CEU's
for Attending TTExpoBragg July 21, 2016

Presenters and Attendees need only pre-register for 1.0 CEUs in advance to pick up their certificate on-site July 21, 2016.

You can register at the event, and your certificate will be mailed or emailed.

What is CEU? CEU is a continuing education unit. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

Each contact hour of participation consists of 50 minutes’ work and 10 minutes of break. CEUs providers offer the course (a seminar, conference, or workshop) and ensure the quality of the course provided. They issue a certificate to the attendees. The certificate consists of the name of attendee, the number of CEUs awarded, and the name of the organization awarding the CEUs. It is the individual’s responsibility to keep and present the certificate to whatever organization requires the certificate. CEU providers keep a record of the CEUs in case the attendees need verification later.


Sign Up Now! We’ll See You July 21, 2016 .


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