SBA RESOURCE PARTNERS
Guest 1: Victor Castillo is Director of the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) hosted by Southwestern Community College District in Chula Vista. The CITD provides international trade consulting and training to small and medium size businesses. Victor has coordinated programs such as the International Logistics and Transportation Certificate Program, the local California State Trade and Export Promotion (CalSTEP) Program, and the U.S. Department of Education Business and International Education Program.
RESOURCES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES
Guest 2: Crystal Gates, Interim San Diego Coordinator for Blue Star Families.
Crystal is a military spouse of 24 years to her husband, an Active Duty U.S. Marine. Currently stationed at Miramar, Crystal and her family have experienced 8 deployment cycles as well as a move to Okinawa, Japan for a 3-year tour of duty. As a mother of 3, she understands what it means to serve alongside her spouse. Crystal’s professional career includes 15 years working within the for-profit sector and the military family community. Well versed in leading military family programs for the United States Marine Corps, she connects military families to community resources that help military families thrive. Crystal is a strong military family advocate and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between the San Diego military family community and the public.
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS
Guest 3: Scott Ashton, Executive Director for the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.
Scott is CEO of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. He has been employed at the Chamber since 1996 and took over the CEO role in November of 2016.
Scott has over 26 years of experience in the Chamber industry in a variety of sales & management capacities. He oversees the day to day operations of the Chamber and is currently working on the Chamber’s 3-Year Strategic Plan.
Scott also serves in a volunteer capacity with several local organizations including co-chair of the Oceanside Promise Leadership Board, member of the Community Healthcare Alliance Committee and member of the Oceanside Boys and Girls Clubs Outreach Committee.
EXPORT RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS
Guest 4: Stephanie Brown, Founder CEO/The Rosie Network
Stephanie is a senior military spouse, wife of recently retired R. Admiral Thomas L. Brown (SEAL). She grew up as an Air Force “brat” moving around the country and overseas. Her father was a Vietnam veteran with over 20 years of active duty service. Stephanie has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and advocating on behalf of military families, veterans, and wounded warriors.
Stephanie has been featured in Woman’s Day Magazine (August 2013), U.S. Veterans Magazine (Spring 2014), CBS News Radio, USMC Life, Army Wife Network and more. Stephanie Brown is a member of the Department of Defense Spouse Ambassador Network at the Pentagon and has been presented the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service by the Commanding General of Special Operations Command SOUTH.
The Rosie Network was founded after spending hours searching Angie’s List & craigslist for a contractor to do repair work on their home. Not comfortable having someone unknown coming into their house and preferring to hire a veteran, Stephanie set about creating a means for the American public to locate our nation’s military family-owned businesses. Many months later, Rosie’s List was born.
“We are the only non-profit search tool which features verified veteran and military spouse-owned businesses, provides them with a business profile page and doesn’t charge them a dime,” says Stephanie. The Rosie Network has also partnered with other like-minded non-profits to provide budding military entrepreneurs the kind of business training and support needed to ensure the greatest opportunity for success. “We actively promote our businesses – we don’t just list them on our site.”