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.

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Sonia Dueñas Navarro

Director, SBTRC Southwest Region
Sonia 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. Prior to this role, Sonia served as a Program Development Officer with the Sacramento MBDA Export Center to develop project activities, initiatives, and partnerships with organizations and subject matter experts to help Minority Business Enterprises succeed in both trade, and exports to foreign markets. Prior to working with the small business community, Sonia worked in a civic leadership nonprofit supporting strategies within economic development and the 21st Century Workforce. Sonia is a graduate of Columbia University with a Master of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences, and a certificate concentration in Health Policy and Practice. Sonia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
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Houa Vang

Program Officer, SBTRC Southwest Region
Houa is a Program Officer supporting SBTRC, primarily focusing on coordinating all activities under the Bonding Education Program (BEP). Prior to this role, she worked at Valley Vision where she supported their first statewide project initiated by the California Governor's Office to engage millions of diverse and vulnerable Californians in natural disasters emergency preparedness activities. She graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a B.A. in Psychology and spent her undergraduate career working on campus in various program assistant and mentorship roles to support leadership, professional, and academic development programs/services to underserved students.
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Ren Lum

Intake Coordinator, SBTRC Southwest Region
As the SBTRC’s Intake Coordinator, Ren works to support clients’ enrollment, engagement, and outreach. Prior to this role, they worked in various capacities within the Education and Nonprofit Sector connecting the unhoused community and people with disabilities with resources and educational opportunities. Ren received their B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz where their studies focused on the impacts of global inequities and the role of education in society.