Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Hosts Small Business Workshop

August 14, 2015
Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) was joined at the Montclair City Council Chamber by representatives from the Small  Business Administration (SBA) for a workshop for Inland Empire small business owners and entrepreneurs on the federal resources available to help their businesses grow and succeed.


“Small businesses help fuel our local economy and are at the core of a vibrant community,” stated Torres.  “Starting your own business has always been a challenge, but as banks’ lending practices have become increasingly restrictive in the wake of the recession, getting a business off the ground or even expanding one that has proven successful has become daunting at best.  Thankfully, there are resources available to help business owners obtain the assistance they need.”


Silvia Gutierrez, SBA Economic Development Specialist and Women's Outreach Representative, and Paul Smith, SBA Economic Development Specialist and District International Trade Officer, were on hand to answer questions and provide guidance in navigating SBA resources.


“During my Job Creation Listening Tour this year, several business owners commented that they had no idea there were so many resources out there to help small businesses,” continued Torres.  “Therefore, one of my recommendations from the tour was to increase awareness of the kinds of assistance available to small business owners.  I look forward to hosting future workshops for area businesses both with the SBA and other resources.”


Business owners who were unable to attend this week’s workshop can visit for small business assistance and additional information.