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Elizabeth Arteaga

Deputy Sector Navigator, Small Business – Orange County


As associate director, Elizabeth Arteaga manages the marketing, outreach, training programs and corporate development of the Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She develops and implements marketing strategies to promote the Center’s services; oversees the entrepreneurial training programs; and coordinates special projects associated with Orange County SBDC partnerships. She also delivers workshops and provides business consulting. Prior to joining Orange County SBDC in 2009, Elizabeth served as the 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 and partners. 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), and a board 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 Administration from 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.