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Orange County / Inland Empire SBDC Network Announces Michael Sabellico as 2013 State Star

FULLERTON, CA– The Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network is proud to announce Michael Sabellico, Orange County SBDC business consultant, as the recipient of the 2013 State Star Award.

The State Star award is presented annually to an outstanding staff member from each SBDC network from across the country that shows a strong commitment to small business success and makes a significant contribution to their regional SBDC program.  Over the years, Sabellico has shared his experience and provided expert guidance in the areas of procurement strategy, certification, marketing, networking and government contracting. His assistance has led clients to be awarded over $48.8 million in contracts, $22 million in increased sales, and to create and retain 558 jobs.

“Mike is a top performing consultant and trusted advisor”, said Orange County SBDC Director, Leila Mozaffari, adding “Clients consistently ask for him by name when seeking our assistance to grow their business.”

Sabellico has over 25 years of government contracting experience and is the president of the Orange County/Los Angeles chapter for the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Alliance where he volunteers his time to assist disabled veteran-owned businesses grow and achieve success.

“As a business owner himself, Mike truly understands the challenges that face today’s small businesses,” said Priscilla Lopez, California SBDC State Chair. “Mike is always focused on the needs of his clients and works tirelessly to help them achieve success”.

Sabellico was recognized among his peers at the Association of Small Business Development Center’s Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida on September 9, 2013.

To find out more information about the Orange County / Inland Empire SBDC Network, visit

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