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Keynote Speaker: Lorinda Forrest
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Keynote Speaker: Lorinda Forrest


Lorinda Forrest

Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator at San Joaquin Delta College


Specializing in small business and entrepreneurship for 25+ years, Lorinda serves the Central Valley and Mother Lode Region as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework out of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development department. She is hosted by San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California.

Lorinda works with fourteen community colleges in the Central Valley and Mother Lode Region of California to facilitate the expansion or improvement of small business and entrepreneurial studies in an effort to help students be more job ready or explore entrepreneurship. In her work, she represents community colleges in partnership with high schools, universities, local business, economic development and workforce programs in an effort to help prepare students as 21st Century Workers.

Her previous experience as a business start-up consultant and trainer, and business success coach have allowed her to partner with the Small Business Development Center, the Counties of Tuolumne and Mariposa and the City of Sonora, CA to provide business coaching and training services.

Lorinda has owned or co-owned five start-ups in Southern California and worked with a variety of others ranging from one-person operations to venture-funded Silicon Valley start-ups. Her experience spans many industries including tourism, health care, investment banking, retail, service-oriented businesses, and restaurants. Lorinda is a business plan and financial projections expert, has helped many clients through the funding process and has taught on such topics as, “Owning Your Own Business”,  “Business Start-up Boot Camp”, “Social Media Marketing” “Website Design for Small Business” and “Marketing Your Small Business”. She is a certified training facilitator for Kaufman Fast Trac Growth Venture and Tech Venture as well as the Kaufman Ice House (entrepreneurial mindset) programs and the Profit Mastery program.

Lorinda is passionate about small business and its value within the local community. She enjoys forming collaborative partnerships that provide successful working relationships. Lorinda earned a B.S. in Business Management and is working on her Masters in Leadership from Western Governors University. She is a beekeeper, founder and past-president of the Sierra Foothill Beekeepers Association. She enjoys gardening, fly fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, hiking, cycling, golf and spending time with family.








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