Veteran Barrio Logan Business Honored as Small Business of 2022
Prado and his wife sold everything they owned to start the cutting-edge manufacturing company VetPowered, as well as providing manufacturing training and jobs for veterans.
SAN DIEGO – The first week of May is known as “Small Business Week” and one of the top entrepreneurs in the United States recognized by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) lives right here in San Diego.
Hernán Luis y Prado is the founder and CEO of VetPowered. Prado, who is a disabled veteran, and his wife sold everything they owned to start advanced manufacturing company VetPowered, as well as provide training and advanced manufacturing jobs for veterans, fund ” Workshops for Warriors” nonprofit and continue to give back to the neighborhood.
“The San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the SBA have proven to be our proven partners in our quest to overcome some extremely challenging situations,” Prado said.
According to a press release, when the pandemic hit, VetPowered pivoted with help from the SBDC and SBA. Prado adjusted operations, kept all employees and hired more. He also provided housing and food and received help to refinance the company’s debt and buy space.
They now own 145,000 square feet spread over five blocks in Barrio Logan, a HUBZone.
Prado was honored Thursday in a national event. He’s also up for national titles at the week’s virtual summit themed “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship.”
The San Diego and Imperial SBDC network offers a range of free and low-cost supports to entrepreneurs and small businesses through nine locations/contractors:
- North San Diego SBDC (MiraCosta College) in Carlsbad
- Imperial Valley SBDC (Imperial Regional Alliance) at Imperial
- East County SBDC (East County Economic Development Council) in El Cajon
- South San Diego SBDC (Southwestern College) in National City
- SBDC Alliance (Asian Business Association of San Diego with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) in Kearny Mesa
- SBDC International Rescue Committee in City Heights
- The Brink SBDC at the University of San Diego, a specialized SBDC for innovation-driven companies
- Connect SBDC, a specialized SBDC for innovative companies
- Export SBDC at World Trade Center San Diego, a specialized SBDC for companies expanding into international markets
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