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Elizabeth Arteaga Biography

Elizabeth Arteaga
Small Business
Deputy Sector Navigator

Orange County Region


As Deputy Sector Navigation for Small Business, and with 10+ years of small business experience Elizabeth Arteaga works together with industry and education to improve and expand business and entrepreneurial curriculum to better deliver a job-ready workforce and entrepreneurial leaders needed to ensure California’s economic growth and global competitiveness. Mrs. Arteaga has provided training and counseling to hundreds of entrepreneurs over the last ten years. One of her areas of expertise is assisting businesses and entrepreneurs with business planning, marketing, market research and starting a business.

Mrs. Arteaga served as Associate Director of the Orange County Small Business Development Center from 2009 to 2015 where she was responsible for managing the marketing, outreach, training programs and corporate development of the Orange County SBDC. She developed and implemented marketing strategies to promote the Center’s services; oversaw the entrepreneurial training programs; and coordinates special projects associated with Orange County SBDC partnerships. Prior to joining the Orange County SBDC, Elizabeth served as the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) where she was responsible for managing the day –to-day operations of the Association, securing and coordinating ongoing and growing opportunities for grants and sponsorships, growing membership, partners and entrepreneurship training. She also led the outreach and educational programs, developed and distributed marketing, promotional materials, oversaw media relations and coordinated business and entrepreneurship seminars, workshops, training sessions and annual events. Elizabeth began her career at the Social Science Research Center at California State University, Fullerton, where she was a Project Assistant Manager and focused on market research, annual reports, research management, hiring, administering half a million budget, compiling industry information with occupational trends, conducting the Orange County Labor Market for 2000-2003, aiding in the preparation of final reports for studies conducted, translating documents in Spanish, developing and implementing goals and objectives, and negotiating various types of contracts.

She belongs to several associations and has built impressive networks within the business community. She currently serves as President of the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA), member of the Association of Latino Professional Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), and a member of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She’s also an adjunct faculty for the Business Department of Santa Ana College.

She joined Rancho Santiago Community College District in 2004 and served in multiple economic development programs of the district such as the Center for International Trade Development, Workplace Learning Resource Center, and the Digital Media Center. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Business Administrationfrom the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Mrs. Arteaga was awarded the 2014 Women Making a Difference, Excellence Award and the Michael R. Jones Business Impact Award in 2013 and the Team Choice Award in 2012.

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