McCarthy returns to alma mater for business conference, town hall meeting

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

CSUB alum, Congressman Kevin McCarthy (BS marketing ’89, MBA ’94) , will be spending the day at his alma mater on March 15, when he presents the Small Business Development and Innovation Conference as well as speaks at the High Speed Rail Town Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Typically Congressman McCarthy holds the biannual small business conference at other venues in town, but this time he has decided to bring the event to CSUB to introduce local small business owners to CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration and the Small Business Development Center, which is also operated by CSUB. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. Parking is free in Lots K and L. To RSVP, email or call 661-327-3611. See full schedule below.

Later that same day, Congressman McCarthy will join Chairman of the CHSR Authority Dan Richard to lead a town hall meeting discussing the hotly debated topic of the California High Speed Rail project. They will share their perspectives regarding the project’s business plan, financing, environmental impact and potential benefits and consequences. The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the CSUB Icardo Center. Parking is free in Lots E and I. To RSVP, call 661-654-2175. The meeting can be viewed online at rtsp://

Small Business Development and Innovation Conference schedule

8:00 AM – Registration
8:30 AM – Welcome Remarks by Congressman Kevin McCarthy
8:45 AM – International Trade and Export Opportunities for Local Goods and Services by Glen Roberts, Department of Commerce
9:15 AM – Doing Business with Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake Naval Warfare Center, Weapons Division
9:45 AM – Partnering with the Federal General Services Administration by Pamela Smith-Cressel, General Services Administration
10:15 AM – Small Businesses Resources and the Small Business Development Center by Brandon Marti, CSUB Small Business Development Center
11:15 AM – Panel Discussion with Local Small Business Owners: Monique Rogers, ARRC Technologies; Chad Hathaway, Hathaway LLC; Tim Terrio, Terrio Fitness; Steve Illingworth, Urners
11:45 AM – Keynote Speaker Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, “Doing Business in California: How Can We Make it Better?”
12:15 PM – Close of Conference