Mining for Resources the Tech Way: access to capital, education and more

  • July 11, 2014 · 8:15 AM
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Linda Bidrossian is an entrepreneur and an executive with specialization to launch and grow businesses. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California focusing on international policy. She worked in Armenia through the United States Agency for International Development on local governance training city leaders and local mayors on fiscal reform. As a Department of State Fellow, she represented California in Kazakhstan speaking to economic community leaders about building technology ecosystems.

She is masterful in developing partnerships. She developed the Bixel Exchange technology center hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers. In a 12-month period, she wrote a winning proposal securing a five-year contract to be worth over $2.2M. She drafted agreements with SAP Software, Warner Bros. Media Camp, YouTube Space LA, JP Morgan Chase, and NBC Universal to deliver programing while raising sponsorship dollars.

Through her direction, the Bixel Exchange supported the growth of technology ventures in the region. Linda was a keynote speaker for BayPay Forum and has been a guest presenter for a variety of technology events.

Her expertise supporting entrepreneurs in high-tech started while she was elected to the Board of SCORE Los Angeles. SCORE, like SBDC, supports the SBA with counseling and education programing. As a Board member, Linda hired a team of social media expert trainers to help educate entrepreneurs in LA County that has one of the highest concentrations of minority- and women-owned businesses in the nation.

Linda incubated a technology startup out of University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering – her alma mater. Linda formed a team of engineers and business leaders to help build WelcomeFaith.com, a platform that allows houses of worship to bring their practice out of the brick and mortar and on to the online market. WelcomeFaith helps organizations collect donations and reach a larger audience around the clock.

Linda spent 10-years in the Bay Area supporting companies across industries increasing revenues and opening new markets. Starting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she was part of the team that serviced the top 10 percent of PwC’s Forbes 200 clients and helped the firm secure a knowledge management platform. As the Director of the Institutional Development Group, with DPK Consulting now part of Tetra Tech a publicly traded company, she expanded DPK’s markets into new geographies. In addition, she monitored voting in Armenia as a regional specialist.

She has authored and contributed to successful proposals and implemented projects for the USAID, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations Development Program. Linda has been interviewed by the American Public Media’s Marketplace, Law.com, and other media outlets.

To contact Linda –[masked] – [masked]


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Linda was authentic, entertaining and highly approachable. Her content was extremely valuable as many of us were taken by surprise to hear about the funding opportunities available to entrepreneurs through state and federal agencies. Terrific event!

    July 13

  • Michael D.

    Linda provided an excellent variety of resources available to local businesses and startups here in Los Angeles. Linda shared her own personal experience in developing the Bixel Exchange and her participation with SCORE.

    July 12

  • Scott B.

    Thanks John!

    July 11

  • Sophia V.

    Linda was fantastic and also gave a lot of helpful tips and resources to the group. I really enjoyed her talk and found it very helpful.

    July 11

  • Kristofer Y.

    Sophia - John - All,
    Great Team Work.
    Again!

    July 11

  • John C.

    The State of California also has iHub Centers – these are incubators and accelerators across the state that have certain industry focus have listed to become iHub centers.

    http://www.business.ca.gov/Programs/Innovation.aspx

    “The iHubs leverage assets such as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories to provide an innovation platform for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists.”

    In Southern California we have:

    LA CleanTech Incubator (LACI)

    http://laincubator.org/

    California Network for Manufacturing Innovation (CNMI)

    http://www.cnmi.bz/

    Good way to also find your local resources:

    http://www.business.ca.gov/InteractiveMap.aspx

    The State of California is also offering tax credits for business that want to move to CA or are here and want to grow: http://www.business.ca.gov/Programs/CaliforniaCompetesTaxCredit.aspx

    2 · July 11

  • John C.

    STTR + SBIR

    If you are in high-tech innovation then you may want to learn about Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs may be of interest to you: http://www.sbir.gov/
    https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr
    https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir

    For our region you can also visit LARTA:

    http://www.larta.org/ California

    The State of California has its own “SBA” called the Financial Development Corporation(s):

    http://business.ca.gov/Programs/SmallBusiness/FinancialDevelopmentCorporationPrograms.aspx

    1 · July 11

  • John C.

    SBDC and SCORE

    Small Business Development Centers and SCORE
    SBDCs and SCORE support the SBA to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs. SCORE and SBDC both provide advisors and training programs.

    SCORE used to stand for Service Core of Retired Executives and they are like you board of directors. www.score.org

    SBDCs support all types of industries and they have tech centers. In Los Angeles, they have the Bixel Exchange hosted at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce – www.bixelexchange.com – they also provide advisors and training programs and events, focusing on the tech industry.

    http://smallbizla.org/

    SBDCs provide assistance with capital infusion – that is a key way to measure their success.

    2 · July 11

  • John C.

    If you are a tech venture then you may want to learn about Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) http://www.sba.gov/category/lender-navigation/sba-loan-programs/sbic-program-0

    SBICs invest in various stages of financing that the SBIC is willing to fund (for example, seed, start-up, early stage, expansion financing, later stage financing, or managed buyout, leveraged buyout or acquisition).

    Here is a list of SBICs across the country:

    http://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ooi/resources/4960

    Below is a list of the few companies that received SBIC financing in their infancy stage:
    • Costco
    • AOL
    • FedEx
    • Amgen
    • Apple
    • Intel
    • Sun Microsystems

    1 · July 11

  • John C.

    Linda covered a lot of information regarding the assistance, loans, grants, etc. that the SBA and its affiliates provide to help entrepreneurs with their businesses. Here are the links that Linda mentioned during her talk.

    Want to learn about government grants this is a good place to learn online:

    http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com/cgi-bin/app.cgi

    If you decide that you want to register and be eligible for government grants then you need to register with:

    www.Grants.gov – support line:[masked]
    Secure a DUNS number

    www.sam.gov – support line:[masked]

    To learn about SBA-backed loan programs visit:
    http://www.sba.gov/loanprograms

    1 · July 11

  • Larry A.

    We are going to get links to website she talked about on the meetup page.

    1 · July 11

  • Revvell

    Quite enjoyable. Didn't think it would be of interest or pertain to my biz yet, during and after listening to the talk, I realized it did. Thank you!

    1 · July 11

  • Jorge

    Linda provided very useful information on how to obtain govt grants and contracts. Really looking forward to getting the details she was going to provide for posting on our site.

    1 · July 11

  • Terry S.

    Very informative. Especially great info about grants. Thank you.

    July 11

  • Nick L.

    Linda did a great job! Very interesting content.

    1 · July 11

  • Jordan P.

    Was unable to attend, although I was very interested in the subject matter. Are there any cliff's notes for the speaker? Would be great to get some tips vicariously through attendees!

    1 · July 11

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