Financial Management Association

2nd Annual Small Business Event Comes to CSUB

November 16, 2018 – The CSU Bakersfield School of Business and Public Administration’s and its Financial Management Association (FMA) is bringing the Second Annual Small Business and Entrepreneurship Event to CSUB on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.


Sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the CSUB Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and CSUB’s Associated Students Incorporated, the event will bring panelists from the SBDC, SBA, banking institutions, and small businesses to discuss starting and maintaining a successful business, how to secure financing for your business, types of loans and their processes, and getting your business certified.


“Small businesses play a major role in job creation and supporting the Kern Economy. The School of Business and Public Administration has always been committed to supporting local small businesses through its academic programs, research projects, events and by leveraging the faculty and student expertise and resources. Considering the importance of small businesses in Kern County, the FMA Small Business and Entrepreneurship event will focus on small business financing opportunities and entrepreneurship by bringing well-known experts from local small businesses and financial institutions,” says Dr. Angappa “Guna” Gunasekaran, Dean for BPA.


Guest speakers include: Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny, Professor of Finance; Jay Thompson, CSUB SBDC Lead Consultant; Andy Seeto, SBA; Keith Brice, President- Mid State Development; Matt Damian, VP of Mission Bank; Marilyn Love, VP of Zions Bank; and Yetty Ojo, Business Development Manager at Access Plus Capital.



Guest Speakers:

Keith Brice

Keith BriceKeith Brice Mid State Development Corporation,  President


Mid State partners with commercial Lenders to finance owner-occupied commercial real estate and equipment. Keith came to Mid State with over 20 years of Commercial Banking experience, having held Vice President Positions at Community First Bank, California Republic Bank and Sanwa Bank (now Bank of the West).  An active member in the community for over 35 years, having served on various boards and committees.  Keith was past Chairman of the board for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Kern County and the Kern Community Foundation.  Keith was the 2017 recipient of the John Brock Community service award. He currently serves Chair of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee. He is also a member of CSUB Executive Advisory Council and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for Collegiate School of Business.


Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny

Mahdy ElhusseinyDr. Mahdy Elhusseiny, Professor of Finance and the Program Director of FMA shares,

“We, the Financial Management Association, CSUB chapter are proud to present the Small Business Financing & Entrepreneurship event for the second year in a row. Expert speakers will be discussing key points regarding small business financing &entrepreneurship opportunities. Businesses in Kern County will have the chance to learn about issues such as new ways of business financing, types of loans and their processes, and getting business certified from professionals from the government and the financial sector.”



Marilyn Love

Marilyn LoveMarilyn’s extensive experience in real estate lending spans over three decades. Her passion for real estate financing for farms and agriculture developed at a young age on her family’s farm in Bakersfield, California.

Most recently, Marilyn is the Vice President of Business Development for Zions AG Finance a nationwide AG real estate lender who has been financing agriculture since 1873.  Her passion for serving and helping people with their real estate financing needs made Zions a natural fit.

In her personal life, she is the proud mother of four extraordinary young men and women, blessed with three wonderful grandchildren, and an incredibly supportive mate, Mr. Love.


Andy Seeto

Andy SeetoAndy is a life-long resident of the Central Valley, born and raised in Fresno, CA.  He graduated from CSU Fresno with a B.S. Degree in Business Finance.  Andy has over 18 years of business lending in originating loans under the SBA loan programs and other Government Guaranteed lending programs. Since 2009 to 2014, he worked in the SBA's Fresno Commercial Loan Service Center.  Currently, Andy is a Lender Relations Specialist, District International Trade Officer, and SCORE Liaison for the SBA's Fresno District Office which covers 15 Counties in the Central California and Central Coast region.




Jay Thompson

Jay ThompsonJay Thompson is the lead business consultant at the CSU Bakersfield Small Business Development Center. Over the past 7 years Thompson’s SBDC clients have created over 500 jobs and reported over $58 million in capital infusion. Thompson has over 30 years of experience in business management and specializes in business creation, partnership building, product management, legal structure and maximizing profitability.


SBDC counselors can offer individual advice and guidance concerning the formation, management, financing and operation of your business. Counseling is provided at no charge to qualified businesses (the business must have less than 500 employees). Individuals who are considering starting a business are also eligible for counseling.

SBDC counselors have significant experience in the private sector, and many have extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds like Thompson. 

Small Business owners may gain the knowledge needed to make their businesses excel by attending the many training classes held throughout Central California. Classes are offered in specialized subjects and management basics for new business ventures.

View a current list of our training events and workshops or register for service .

Areas of training include:

  • Accounting/budgeting
  • Business planning
  • Cash flow management
  • Computers in small business
  • Customer relations
  • International trade
  • Legal issues
  • Managing a business
  • Managing employees
  • Marketing/sales
  • Patents and trademarks
  • Procurement/purchasing
  • SBIR and STTR
  • Tax planning
  • Technology, including e-commerce

You may reach Jay at 661-510-7440 or email at


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