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December 7, 2021
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Webinar: Economic Recovery & Resiliency: Presented by the SBDC

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Join the Sierra SBDC and the Sacramento District Office of the SBA for a free webinar to help your business with recovery and resiliency to disasters.

The Sierra SBDC helps local businesses be better prepared disasters. This webinar will cover the available resources to help your existing business recover.

  • Industry Sector Issues Addressed
  • Resources and Tools
  • Access to Capital (local, state, and federal)
  • Q&A

SBA will also share information on federal small business programs and services available during the COVID-19 crisis.  The presentation will cover the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, standard SBA loan programs, federal contracting programs, small business webinar trainings, and one-on-one business counseling at no cost.

About the presenters:

Leslie Williams -

Leslie has a 30-year history in banking, most recently with US Bank in Auburn as the Vice President of the SBA Division. She brings expertise to clients in access to capital, general business, financing, loan readiness, accounting, record keeping, and business plan development. Leslie specializes in general business consulting for small businesses looking to grow, as well as assisting entrepreneurs looking to start a new business with strategy and structure. In addition to consulting, Leslie works as the Outreach Coordinator for the SBDC, expanding awareness to potential clients all over the region.

Kathy Halbardier -

Kathy Halbardier has over 25 years of experience in small business development as an entrepreneur as well as an advisor for those in all stages of business ownership. Her areas of expertise include business plan counseling, marketing, strategic planning, economic development, and business education and training. She successfully ran her own business operation in the wine industry taking the product from dirt to bottle, selling her product to a variety of local retailers, including Costco.

Kathy is an administrative faculty member at the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno where she has managed both the Career Services Division for the College and the Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) under the Nevada Small Business Development Center. Kathy also ran the Technical and Marketing Division for Cubix Corporation as well as a Project Leader for Century 21 Mortgage Corporation heading up a nationwide software development team and the Lending and Operations Officer for Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles, CA.

Kathy holds a BS in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.  

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