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Albert Renteria, CEO of the Albert R. Renteria Corporation, Selected to Receive Veteran Business Champion Award

Albert Renteria, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Albert R. Renteria Corporation, a provider of services ranging from information technology to business management, has been selected to receive the 2011 Veteran Business Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Santa Ana District Office.  Renteria will be honored alongside other Small Business Week Awards winners at a local celebration to be held on June 2nd.

Renteria, who retired as a chief warrant officer from the Marine Corps after 26 years of service, founded the Albert R. Renteria Corporation in 2000 after holding several positions in the private sector, including as an independent e-commerce consultant, branch manager for Pioneer Services, and South Pacific district manager for George S. May International Consulting.  The Albert R. Renteria Corporation is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Perris, California.

Renteria’s corporation donates a percentage of its profits to the Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center (SWVBRC), a California non-profit public benefit corporation that supports active duty military, veterans, and their families by assisting veterans and active-duty military members with job placement and business development opportunities through partnerships with local communities and large prime contractors.

Some of the specific actions taken by Albert to secure the award are:

  • Supporting legislative & regulatory action designed to help small businesses through participation in the American Legion’s Business Task Force and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Development
  • Increasing business opportunities for veterans by coordinating a number of events on subjects including government contracting, taxation, and public speaking; hosting an incubator for veteran-owned businesses; and by securing subcontracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses with large prime contractors
  • Improving awareness among veteran groups of small business opportunities through membership and participation in groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Marine Corps Association, Navy League of the United States, National Association for Uniform Services, American Veteran Organization, and the First Marine Division Association
  • Advocating for special consideration of veteran-owned businesses in government small business policymaking by membership & participation in the Advisory Committee for Veterans Business Development and the California Department of Veteran Affairs Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advisory Council
  • Obtaining support within the community for establishing veteran-owned small businesses through the Perris City Council by housing the SWVBRC at $1 per year rent

As one of the many letters of support stated, “There is nothing that Al does that doesn’t include the engagement of our service veterans.  It is a concern that is not a second thought but it’s within his DNA to always ensure they are inclusive to his plans and objectives.”

“The Veteran Business Champion is an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces,” according to District Director Adalberto Quijada.  “It is resoundingly clear, as evidenced by his actions and the letters of support our office received, that Mr. Renteria is in a league of his own in this regard, and we are honored to recognize his efforts with this award.”

The Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center is not Renteria’s first involvement in the non-profit sector.  In 2001, Renteria founded Operation Interdependence, a non-profit that ships packages from civilian communities throughout the U.S. to servicemen and women in combat.  At present, there are 15 distribution centers through the U.S. that ship “C-rats”, a quart-size package of snacks, games, personal care products, and a personal note, all staffed by civilian volunteers.

Adam Rogers, Project Manager for Hensel Phelps Construction, and James Spee, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Redlands School of Business submitted the application to nominate Renteria for the award.

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.  Small businesses are major contributors to the strength of the American economy.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the country.  The SBA recognizes this special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business champions during festivities in Washington, D.C. in May and locally at the 47th Annual Small Business Week Awards on June 2nd.  For more information on National Small Business Week, please visit http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/.

Registration for the local Small Business Week Awards Celebration is available online athttp://48thannualsbwawards.eventbrite.com/ or by phone at (909) 888-9011 ext. 201.  For event related questions, please contact Sylvia Gutierrez, Business Development Specialist at (714) 560-7454.

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