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SMALL BUSINESS/RETAIL — SBA, ABA Join Forces to Assist Asian Firm Owners



Tamayo Consulting Inc. Under New Ownership

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Asian Business Association announced March 23 they’re working together to assist small businesses in San Diego.

The SBA has made a dedicated private office available to ABA members for use every fourth Thursday at the SBA’s Downtown location.

The use of the office space has two purposes, said Delores Braswell, public information officer for the SBA. First, if members of the public have any questions about how to become members of the ABA, the SBA can set up a meeting with the ABA at the designated time.

Also, if ABA members have questions about SBA programs and services, there already is time available for one-on-one counseling and assistance. ABA members also get access to SBA’s Business Resource Center, with its computerized business plan development, market research, international trade and extensive other databases; Internet access; an extensive business library; and experienced staff members to assist ABA members and clients. Facilities to conduct meetings are also available, Braswell said.

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This is the fifth such partnership the local SBA has formed. Others are with the San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the African-American Chamber of Commerce, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Disabled Businessperson’s Association, Braswell said.

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Under New Ownership: Carlsbad-based Tamayo Consulting, Inc. now has new owners. Michele Tamayo sold her training and consulting firm for an undisclosed sum in order to focus on her family.

The sale of the small firm, with only five employees, went through in January, although the transaction was completed in mid-March.

Jennifer Dreyer, the new owner, has been a Tamayo employee since 1994. She plans to build on the firm’s reputation of excellence, practicality and follow-through that has made Tamayo successful since 1986.

Dreyer said she will dedicate her time to managing and delivering client services with existing clients such as Baxter Healthcare and Kyocera.

By focusing the firm’s services on leadership and team development, Dreyer believes she can position the firm for growth.

Additionally, Dreyer has spun off one of Tamayo’s former service offerings , presentation coaching and training. The new start-up company, 2Connect, is a partnership between Dreyer and Diane West.

Spring Cleaning?: For companies cleaning out their broom closets or emptying old storage containers, the city of San Diego has a warning: Be careful what you dump.

The Environmental Services Department advises that disposing of hazardous waste in trash containers or pouring it down storm drains is unsafe and illegal.

Each year during spring, more city workers are injured due to chemical exposure than at any other time of the year, simply because most people don’t understand the potential dangers of improper disposal of industrial or even household cleansers, said Richard L. Hays, environmental director.

That includes pesticides, household cleaners, paints, pool chemicals or any products labeled with such words as “Danger, Warning, Caution, Poison, Flammable or Corrosive,” Hays said.

These hazardous wastes disposed in trash containers can mix with other chemicals, which can create poisonous fumes or even a deadly explosion. Sanitation workers have frequently been exposed to these chemicals, and once it enters the landfill, groundwater and local waterways can be contaminated.

“The dangers of household hazardous waste exposure are serious, and so are the laws,” Hays said. “Illegal disposal of household hazardous waste is a felony crime, and perpetrators can be punished with fines up to $25,000 or even jail time.”

For information on the proper disposal of household hazardous waste, call (619) 235-2111. To dispose of business waste, call (619) 338-2231.


Zion can be reached by E-mail at zion@ sdbj.com, or call him at (858) 277-6359.

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