As part of National Small Business Week, San Francisco SCORE attended the SBA San Francisco District Office’s kickoff event at the Chinese Culture Center on May 2nd. Attendants heard remarks from SBA Administrator, Isabella Casillas Guzman. In celebration of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a roundtable discussion followed to discuss strategies to increase access to capital for the AANHPI small businesses.

The panel on the roundtable discussion included distinguished local small business advocates and leaders.

L-R of Panel: Julie Clowes, SBA District Director, San Francisco, Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator, Lamar Heystek, President of Asian Inc, Lily Lo, CEO/Manager of Northeast Community Federal Credit Union, Jennifer

Kim, Associate Administrator at the SBA Office of Field Operations, Vincent Hsi, Business Director at the Southeast Asian Community Center (not in photo)

Photo with SBA Administrator: SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and SF SCORE Vice Chair Chato Calderon

Photo L-R: SF SCORE Chato Calderon, Bill Lee, President of Far East Cafe, and Lily Lo, CEO/Manager of Northeast Community Federal Credit Union