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*PEOPLE: Sudek Gets District Director Award from SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Orange County / Inland Empire District Office presented Richard Sudek, the 2019 District Director Award at the 56th Small Business Week Awards.

Sudek is a lifelong entrepreneur and angel investor. He serves as UCI’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of UCI Beall Applied Innovation.


The District Director Award is a special honor given to an individual who is a persistent and consistent promoter and supporter of small businesses and entrepreneurs and collaborates closely with the SBA.

Sudek has been a close partner with the SBA district office over the years. He is credited as being “instrumental in the championing of UCI’s innovation center serving as a host of a small business development center,” according to a press release.


This center at the Cove is a resource for any high-tech, high-growth, scalable venture from the community or the UCI ecosystem that needs help with business planning, business development and funding-readiness.

It offers access to a team of experienced consultants who take a hands-on approach in providing highly tailored, relationship-focused resources to the business growth challenges and opportunities of its clients.

Consultants provide no-cost, one-on-one consulting for new venture assessment, business planning and development, funding and exit strategies.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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