Business Bootcamp


and Pre TCCIC training


Become a Partner

2020 Business Boot Camp, and Pre TCCIC Training

Sponsored by Orange County Chapter of USVBA
Audience: Veteran Entrepreneurs or those who want to become a veteran entrepreneur. “Take your business to the next level.”
Have a look at last year’s event to learn what you missed out on!


The event was Saturday, October 19, at the Tierney Center (Goodwill) 1231 Warner Ave in Tustin.  Amazing time with amazing speakers. People were on the edge of their seats all day — we moved, we shook, we high-fived, we came to appreciate the amazing team the OC chapter has become!

Send email to [email protected] if you have interest in next year’s event.




0800 – Registration/sign-in / Cont. breakfast
0815 – Welcome
0830 – TCCIC Panel
0900 – MOTIVATION: “Take your business to the next level”
1015 – Break
1030 – 1130 Breakout Sessions

– Networking
– Computer online presence
– VA Disability / DVBE Certification

1145-1245 Breakouts

– Elevator Pitch
– Business 101
– Capability Statements



Values of being a part of the VBA:

  • Developing relationships
  • Unique veteran/business information
  • Better information
  • Learning opportunities
  • You don’t know what you don’t know!
  • Collaborations (w/other vets)
  • Ego…lol (pride in being a part of an amazing organization)
  • Meeting minutes
  • Get r done & do it
  • Working w/vets


Karie Armstrong

Karie Armstrong

Breakout Session: Business 101

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Karie Armstrong has spent more than 30 years helping retailers, service providers, restaurants and entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow their businesses in a wide variety of retail environments and markets. Her extensive background stems from shopping center management, marketing and development, retail operations and manufacturing and the most recent 8 years with the Small Business Development Center serving as a consultant.

Prior to joining the SBDC in 2011, Ms. Armstrong worked for some of the nation’s leading shopping center developers throughout southern and northern California including Simon Property Group, Macerich, The Mills Corp., Jones Lang LaSalle, Heitman Retail Properties, The Hahn Company and Centremark. Skilled in managing a wide variety of projects and diverse teams, Ms. Armstrong has an industry reputation for embracing project opportunities and collaborating across boundaries. In all markets she has successfully paired with Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development departments and other government leaders and organizations to strengthen the area commerce and quality of life for the surrounding communities.

Mrs. Armstrong earned her CMD (Certified Marketing Director) and SCMD (Senior Certified Marketing Director) designations in 1997 and 2003 respectively and her SCSM (Senior Shopping Center Manager) designation in 2005 from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Throughout her career, Karie has amassed a large number of marketing and advertising awards for print, radio and outdoor campaigns as well as overall marketing strategies. Her vast experience in mixed-use, multi-ethnic, urban and various socio-economic markets paves the way for a deep understanding of how to successfully research, identify and penetrate core customer bases for positive sales growth. She has extensive experience writing successful business plans, property proformas, and sales projections as well as assisting owner-based retailers to grow their businesses into viable thriving businesses. This significant practical experience translates well into helping businesses prepare their strategic plans, revenue projections and marketing plans.

Ruben Mata

Ruben Mata

Breakout Session: Take your business to the next level

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Ruben captivates audiences with his enthusiasm and authenticity in both English and Spanish. With many years of personal development experience and speaking around the world, Ruben presents a wealth of techniques and strategies for developing and empowering leaders. He has spoken in Brazil, Mexico, Poland, London, South Korea, Canada, and the U.S. He has shared the stage with many industry icons.

Ruben is a Master Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Master Success Coach.

Ruben’s book STAND along with his STAND Development Trainings are endorsed by The State Senate.

Ruben was recognized as a World Leader for Peace in Seoul, Korea at The World Alliance Peace Summit and also spoke at The United Nations Head Quarters.

He is also passionate in giving back in the communities.

STAND Foundation feeds the homeless and provides education in English and Spanish at gang challenged neighbor hoods. He also donates his time to help prisoners just released and Youth in Juvenile Hall with his Foundation.

Ruben’s values are loyalty, integrity, courage, compassion, faith and discipline.

Wayne Gross

Wayne Gross

Breakout Session: My company has been registered with the state for two years with no contracts yet. What do I do?

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Wayne Gross has forty two years of customer service skills starting from his early days as a USAF Captain. Wayne currently serves as a Customer Liaison and SB/DVBE Advocate for the State of California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Certification and Outreach Branch. In this role, he educates the business community and ensures that Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) businesses can access their share of state contracts. Wayne has received numerous awards for his advocacy and support of SBs and DVBEs seeking to understand and navigate the State’s procurement system. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Golden Gate University. Email: [email protected]

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