The Alameda Solano SBDC is staffed with experienced leaders who assist SBDC clients grow and develop their businesses.
Kelly Penwell, MBA, MSEd, is the Associate Dean of Workforce Development and the Director of the Solano College Small Business Development Center. With 14 years of experience in private industry as a partner and CFO of a wholesale manufacturing and distribution facility in the New York metro area, she brings authentic advice for business development and economic strategies. She has worked on many sides of Economic Development including entrepreneurship, internships, experiential learning, and corporate outreach.
In 2014, Penwell was chosen as a recipient of an NCAA Innovations in Programs and Practices Grant for her design of a program that is focused on helping athletes prepare for the workplace. Before relocating to Solano County Penwell built and managed a start-up incubator for the University of Memphis. Some notable client's included Mo Bow's, Custom Coin Holders, SoGiv, Coyote Case, and An American Made Coffee.
Loan Advice & Assistance and Financial Analysis
Over the span of his 25-year banking career, Floyd served the last 16 years as Vice President and Senior Lending Officer of Oakland Business Development Corporation, a local development company. His duties included providing management, technical advice and financing to the small business community. Financing instruments included the City of Oakland HUD program loans, and U.S. Small Business Administration 504,7a and Women and Minority Pre-Qualification Loan Programs. In addition, Hicks was successful in obtaining the U.S. Small Business Administration Micro-Loan Program for use in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano counties.
For the past several years, Floyd Hicks has provided SBDC clients business planning, financial projections assistance and review in addition to technical help and advice on qualifying and applying for financing to start, buy or expand Solano County businesses. Hicks also provides small business mentoring to individuals and business owners through the SBDC's monthly Small Business Clinic.
Records, Accounting and Taxes
Teri Johnson has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting field. Her easy-going attitude and simple explanations make her popular in the business community and with her workshop students. As an Air Force veteran, Teri understands the needs of the military in the Solano county area. While enlisted in the military and as a military spouse, Teri lived in New Jersey, Alaska and Michigan before coming to California. During those years she gained a vast amount of knowledge in many different types of industries ranging from non-profit, construction, environmental companies and more. Teri is the go-to person for accounting, payroll, determining your company’s legal entity, start-up info, general business assistance and human resources advice.
Beginning in 1995, Johnson joined the Solano and Napa Valley College Small Business Development Centers as a bookkeeping, record keeping and tax advisor. Later, Johnson expanded her involvement with the SBDCs as both an instructor and business advisor. Teri continues to teach QuickBooks, bookkeeping and payroll workshops and operate her Vacaville-based company, Bookkeeping and More.
Selling to the Government
Robert is currently a procurement specialist for several SBDCs in the North Bay and San Francisco Bay regions. He is former Deputy for Small Business with the Defense Logistics Agency where he monitored large prime contractors to ensure they did business with small, minority, veteran and women-owned businesses. After 33 years of federal service, Robert retired from the Department of Defense to accept a position with the Bay Area Procurement Assistance Center based in Oakland, California.
Robert's experience also includes serving as a procurement specialist with the Commission on Economic Development for the State of Nevada and Outreach and Marketing Director for a Procurement Resource Center helping small businesses obtain certifications as a "Small Disadvantaged Business". In addition, Robert has taught small business management courses at various community colleges in the Bay Area.
Advice on Getting Started
Sandy Stelter, CPO® owner of SOS - Strategic Organizing Solutions (1994), provides consultation and hands-on professional and customized, organizing, time management, and productivity coaching to individuals and businesses. Sandy is the current national Treasurer of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She is also a member of Association of Record Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and an active member of the Chambers of Commerce for Fairfield-Suisun, Benicia and Vacaville.
As a Business Advisor for the Solano and Napa Valley College Small Business Development Centers, Sandy provides assistance with understanding the business start-up and/or expansion process. Over the years, Sandy has assisted numerous small business owners achieve their goals of owning and operating their own business.
Sandy serves as the lead instructor and is a mentor for the SBDC’s semi-annual NxLeveL® Entrepreneurial Training Program. She also actively participates in the monthly Small Business clinic, teaches How to Start Your Small Business and Let’s GO (Get Organized) workshops, and coordinates the SBDC’s Vallejo Small Business Expo and Financial Lenders Panel twice a year