Karla Gonzalez - Director

California SBDC Inland Empire

Other information

Other information:

Karla Vannessa Gonzalez, MBA


Karla Gonzalez is a small business consultant. She currently consults with business owners in Riverside and San Bernardino County and throughout the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, federally funded program through the Small Business Administration (SBA) since April 2011. Prior to that, Karla provided business consulting services through the Inland Empire Minority Business Development Center, a federally funded program through the Minority Business Development Agency- US Department of Commerce from 2005- 2011. Karla provides counseling and training services to businesses throughout the Inland Empire. She counsels business owners on the managerial and technical aspects of expanding their businesses, as well as the importance of sound financial management.

She has a successful track record in government procurement and job creation. Karla has over 10 years experience in business management, government certifications, business administration, project management, budget/accounting, customer service, event planning, strategic planning, and real estate.

Last year, Karla assisted over 160 firms obtain certifications with various contracting agencies. Karla has also presented at several Procurement Conferences/Workshops throughout the Southern California Area for over the past 10 years.

Ms. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Management along with a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Redlands, School of Business. Karla also holds Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Real Estate, along with an “Implementing a System for High Quality Service” certificate from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Karla is fluent in English and Spanish.


  • Presenter – San Bernardino Community College District’s “Contractor Training Academy”
  • Presenter – Multicultural Biz Fest Expo
  • Presenter – Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Conference Workshop Series
  • Presenter – National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses Road show Series
  • Presenter - SBA 8(a) Conference
  • Presenter - Assembly Member Jose Molina’s “Small Business Resource Fair”
  • Presenter - University of Southern California “Bridges to Success” Program
  • Presenter - Board Equalization Expo “How to Expand Your Business with Certifications”
  • Presenter - Inland Empire Asian Business Association “2015 IE Procurement Conference”
  • Presenter - SCE’s “Contracting Opportunities for the Construction Industry “in the High Desert
  • Presenter – Southwest Riverside Veteran Business Resource Center’s “Certification Series”

Recognitions 2013-2015

  • 2013 SDBC “Excellence Award”
  • 2013 SBDC Award “Top Job Generator”
  • 2013 SBDC Award “ Top Money Club”
  • 2013 SBDC Award “Top Start Up Business Club”
  • 2014 SBDC “Excellence Award”
  • 2014 SBDC Award “Top Job Generator”
  • 2014 SBDC Award “ Top Money Club”
  • 2014 SBDC Award “Top Start Up Business Club”
  • 2015 Leading Lady Award – NAWRB
  • 2015 Small Business Development Center State Award