The Making It! Institute 
For The Advancement of Business 

May 18, 2010 - Los Angeles, CAThe Making It! Institute for the Advancement of Business in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network held the first Superstars of Small Business event on Tuesday, May 18 on the Long Beach City College Campus. The program was an intensive one-day learning format that brought together five entrepreneurs who built their businesses to gross $10M annually or more, with an audience of 75 eager small business owners and young entrepreneurs on scholarship. The event was purposely sized for intimacy to offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions and to maximize the peer to peer learning benefits.


Our presenting Superstar entrepreneurs were Karen Caplan, President of Frieda’s Inc, Janice Bryant Howroyd, President of The Act 1 Group, Frank Moran, President of Team One Staffing, and Helen and Marty Shih, founders of the Asian American Business Association. Combined, their businesses gross over $1.5 billion dollars per year! Each Superstar shared insightful wisdom with our audience. Interspersed amongst these Superstar speakers were three instructors educating on the various topics pertinent to small business. John “Dr. Revenue” Haskell, a business consultant, welcomed the audience into the “Sales Emergency Room.” Kimberly Gros, an SBDC instructor and social media expert, explained how Facebook and Twitter can level the playing field and allow for small businesses to compete with much larger companies, and Ed Von Leffern, a Long Beach City College SBDC Business Adviser, gave them essential information for getting an SBA loan.


For complete information on the event read our press release here.

Superstars of Small Business, hosted by the LA Reginal Small Business Development Center in Long Beach.
Our classroom of attendees - riveted by our presenters!
Nelson Davis welcoming our Superstars and audience
Sheneui Weber, Regional Director, Los Angeles SBDC
Commissioner Mario Cordero, Vice President, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
Karen Caplan, President of Frida's Inc.
The classroom is filled with small business owners!
Karen Caplan receives her Superstars of Small Business Award presented by Boeing
John "Dr. Revenue" Haskell dispensing fabulous marketing medicine!
Dr. Revenue
Superstar Frank Moran, President, TeamOne Staffing Services
Frank Moran sharing his wisdom with the class
Frank Moran recieves his Superstar of Small Business award on behalf of Boeing
Kimberly Gros, Social Media Expert
Kimi Gros - an energetic instructor - explaining the importance of social marketing for small business.
Barbara Taylor, Program Manager-Supplier Diversity, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Our keynote speaker, Janice Bryant Howroyd, brought her daugther to assist in writing down some key words of small business wisdom.
Audience members had time to ask each speaker their small business questions. It made for a very personal and educational event!
Ed Von Leffern, Financial Advisor
Superstar brother and sister, Helen and Marty Shih, Asian American Association
Helen and Marty Shih
Rachel Sanchez of the SBDC
Closing remarks with Nelson Davis and Sheneui Weber