In our opinion, no one deserves the award for SBA’s Financial Services Champion of the Year more than our very own Stacey Sanchez. And this week we were able to watch Stacey claim that honor at the SBA Small Business Awards Program in Orange County.
Stacey has dedicated her career to helping small businesses grow. She has been with CDC Small Business Finance for 11 years, but her passion for economic development began much earlier in life while engaged in a variety of private and public sector roles in high school.
Through her advocation of economic development, Stacey has worn many hats. She served as Executive Director of SoCal Reinvestment CDFI. She is also on the Board of the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO), becoming Board President in January 2013. To top that off, Stacey is also the Vice-Chair of the Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB). But, wait! That’s not all! She holds another role with us as a Senior Community Loan Officer at CDC Small Business Finance! See what we mean? She’s crazy about entrepreneurs and the work they do to impact our economy, and it shows. Her dedication and efforts have paved the way for many micro to small businesses that would otherwise never received the funding they needed to expand.
For example, Stacey was instrumental in the roll out of the SBA Community Advantage loan program, helping to get 23 such loans funded since the inception of the program, resulting in the creation of 170 jobs.
“Stacey Sanchez’s passion and commitment to helping small businesses access capital is contagious. Like the small businesses she serves, she is hard working, innovative, and always willing to lend a hand,” said J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director for the SBA’s Santa Ana District Office. “We’re pleased to recognize her efforts with this award.”
CONGRATULATIONS STACEY! We couldn’t be more proud of you!