About Us

  • The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) established the Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRCs) through a network of grantees across the country. The SBTRCs work closely with the transportation contracting community and other technical assistance providers to serve small disadvantaged transportation businesses.
  • The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce is a grantee of the U.S. Department of Transportation and hosts the Southwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC). The Southwest SBTRC serves the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.
  • The CalAsian Chamber’s mission is to grow and empower small business concerns throughout the region through Access, Education, and Opportunity. Through its programs and services, it provides local businesses with the resources and tools necessary for success and connects them to opportunities to grow their business.

Meet Our Team

Our team is committed to providing disadvantaged small businesses with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business.

Corporate  photos captured at Downtown Sacramento , Sacramento by Samantha May Photography

Karen Nelson

Director, SBTRC Southwest Region
Nelson is the Director of the Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Southwest Region. Her role includes overseeing the strategic direction and management of activities to ensure the effective implementation of the SBTRC program. She has also served as the CalAsian Chamber’s Supplier Diversity Director, where she oversees all supplier diversity efforts on behalf of the chamber. Prior to this role, she served as chief impact officer at the American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter headquartered in Sacramento, CA. She was responsible for the strategic design, implementation, and management of the organization. Nelson has over 15 years of experience engaging with small businesses, corporations, and nonprofit organizations within the greater Sacramento region. From 2017 to 2019, Nelson served as assistant deputy director at the State of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs, an appointee under Governor Brown’s administration, where she served as the Department’s liaison for 37 boards and bureaus. She was director of youth and community engagement at PRO Youth and Families in 2014, where she led the organization’s youth and community programs. Nelson held several positions at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2011, including director of events, director of events and sponsorship and director of events, sponsorship and foundation. She earned her masters degree in Business Administration at Drexel University, and bachelors degree in Communications and Psychology at the University of California, Davis. She has had a long career in the greater Sacramento region and is passionate about performing work that impacts the broader community.
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Anh Nguyen

Project Coordinator, SBTRC Southwest Region
Anh is the Project Coordinator for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Southwest Region. Her responsibilities includes planning, organizing and executing tasks related to program implementation. Prior to this role, she was a Staff Writer for the News and Review Publications, Inc. She was responsible for developing marketing and sponsored contents for the publication and its clients. Anh's academic journey at the California State University, Sacramento, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Journalism, further enhanced her skill set. She honed her writing and reporting skills while gaining practical experiences as a student reporter for The State Hornet, a student-run and award-winning newspaper. Anh's dedication to promoting diversity and cultural understanding also reflects through her volunteer work and past involvement in student clubs, and other various programs supporting underserved college students on campus.

Employment Opportunities

Below is a list of our current job opportunities. Please reach out to the position’s contact for more information.