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BAEC

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center or BAEC is funded by the San Mateo County Community College District. As a business accelerator and innovative resource center, we work towards providing aspiring entrepreneurs the information and support they need to grow their current business or business ideas.

We provide business management guidance, technical and targeted business assistance, networking opportunities, one-on-one consulting, business workshops, and facilities.

HISTORY

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center was established in 2014 by Skyline College, a sister college of the San Mateo County Community College District. With support from the SMCCCD Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Chancellor Ron Galatolo, and the late Dean Richard Soyombo of Skyline’s Global Learning Programs and Services, the Center opened in Downtown San Bruno in 2014.

During his 17 years of service at Skyline College, Richard was instrumental in developing a variety of programs including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, Energy System, Technology Management Program, African Diaspora Program, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Program, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, Links Liberian Girls Mentorship Program, and the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College. Richard had two decades of experience in international business development, both in public and private sectors. As a strategic planning and positioning specialist, he possessed a solid background in successful international growth market solutions, localization of plants and personnel, distributor network development and multiculturalism. The San Mateo County Community College District would like to acknowledge the long service in public policy work for our dear friend, Richard F.A. Soyombo.

The Center will always remember and appreciate the fine work that Richard did, in order for our success.

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THE BAEC TEAM

Pcyeta Stroud

Pcyeta Stroud is the Director at BAEC. Pcyeta comes to BAEC with over five years of economic and workforce development experience with an emphasis on cultivating entrepreneurship. She became the Program Coordinator for the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, mentoring youth in the development of their businesses. She founded the Student Business Plan Competition and co-founded the Student Internship Job Shadow Program at BAEC.

Terri Wade

Terri Wade is a marketing consultant for BAEC and instructor for the Base11 STEM Entrepreneur Accelerator Training Program that started in Fall 2016. Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from UC Riverside and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has a passion for entrepreneurship and is excited to share her passion to those interested in starting a business.

ADVISORY BOARD

Terri Wade

Terri is the Instructor of the Base11 STEM Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. She is also a Business and Marketing Consultant with the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center.

Christine Roumbanis

Christine Roumbanis is the Dean of Business Division at Skyline College. Christine previously worked as a Business Professor at Skyline College since 1997.

Soledad McCarthy

Soledad McCarthy is a Business Instructor who has taught at Skyline College for over 10 years.

Andrea Vizenor

Andrea Vizenor is the Director of Career & Workforce Program at Skyline College. Ms.Vizenor provides academic leadership, direction, and support to the Career and Technical Education Program and the Executive Leadership for Skyline College.

Kristine Pinon

Kristine Pinon is the Executive Director and Benefits Specialist with LegalShield. She is a serious networker and loves to meet other entrepreneurs small business owners to make some positive connections. Let's connect, share and succeed.

Steve Bacon

Steve Bacon Entrepreneur Steve Bacon is a self-development “info-preneur” who believes that we all are born to win but programmed to lose.

Chadwick Burnaw

Chadwick Burnaw is the owner of Champagne Wishes TV. Champagne Wishes TV is an educational platform for aspiring entrepreneurs. Chad has spent the majority of his career in sales, customer relations, investor relations and product development. His future plans are focused on Venture Capital and Product Development for tech startups involved in serving multiple continents.

Brian Heit

Brian Heit is the CEO and Attorney of Heit Law Group, based in Los Angeles. He founded Heit Law Group, P.C. so that he could positively impact the lives of the people in the community and serve with the flexibility necessary to get the results clients deserve. The firm is dedicated to its clients and providing personalized plans of action for them.

Bernadette McBurnie

Bernadette McBurnie went from a corporate career, to a stay-at-home mom, to running an international business from home. After fifteen years of working in IT, and three years of working in the Banking sector, she decided to put her career on hold to raise her family. Currently, she’s a consultant, speaker, and entrepreneur.

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The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center or BAEC is funded by the San Mateo County Community College District. As a business accelerator and innovative resource center, we work towards providing aspiring entrepreneurs the information and support they need to grow their current business or business ideas. We provide business management guidance, technical and targeted business assistance, networking opportunities, one-on-one consulting, business workshops, and facilities.
We are located at 458 San Mateo Avenue. San Bruno, CA 94066. The Center is accessible by CalTrain, Highways 101 and 280, local transit lines and in proximity to the San Francisco airport. Please note: We are offsite from Skyline College.
To empower and inspire entrepreneurs by providing resources to take their business to the next level.
We provide business management guidance, technical and targeted business assistance, networking opportunities, one-on-one consulting, business workshops, and facilities.
There are a few options! If you’re an entrepreneur/business owner looking for a workspace with great amenities, you can get access through our coworking spaces or even private desks! If you’re looking to share your expertise or find a way to grow your brand exposure, we’re always looking for talent in our Board of Advisors and our Partners programs.
Please contact us at 650-825-6840 or email baec@smccd.edu for more information.