Learn the Risks Before They Happen


s part of its commitment to small business advocacy, Travelers developed the Small Business Risk Education program to help women and minority small business owners learn about risk management, develop safety risk management plans, and qualify for microloans.

Through in-person training experiences, one-on-one consulting and access to small business loans, the Travelers Small Business Risk Education program is setting a new standard for high-quality small business education.

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Elizabeth and Madeline Figueroa

Special Client Testimonial

“The Travelers program helped in identifying the risks with not having the right coverage for a disaster. We had some challenges when we first opened. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have self-confidence in knowing and believing in your product. We’ve implemented lots of safety nets to help prevent any next catastrophe.”

-Elizabeth Figueroa, Owner and Founder of Elizabeth J. Figueroa & Company

What the Program Developers Have to Say

Tara Spain from Travelers Insurance

“As a small business insurer, Travelers understands the crucial role small businesses play in our local communities and in sustaining economic vitality. Through our partnership with VEDC, Travelers aims to provide the skills and resources to establish, grow and maintain the successful small businesses that fuel the American economy.”

-Tara N. Spain, Second Vice President, Community Relations and Vice President & COO, Travelers Foundation

Roberto Barragan of VEDC

“Our mission is to create and sustain jobs in our communities; so the SBRE program is a natural fit for us. By leveraging Travelers’ risk control expertise and providing the necessary access to capital, we’ve been able to provide some of our region’s job creators and innovators with tools that will contribute to a stronger local economy and a better quality of life.”

-Roberto Barragan, President and CEO, VEDC

Upcoming Workshops

All Small Business Risk Education Program workshops are completely free. Find the next one near you.
Wed 26

Los Angeles – Travelers Small Business Risk Education

Oct 26 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Los Angeles CA
Nov 02

New York – Small Business Risk Education Workshop

Nov 2 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn NY
Dec 06

Chicago – Travelers Small Business Risk Education Workshop

Dec 6 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
Chicago IL

Find a Local Office

Los Angeles

Marsel Watts
Director of SBRE National Training and Outreach


5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 208
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

New York

Coco Corona
Marketing Director East
VEDC-Travelers SBRE


40 Broad St., Suite 602
New York, NY 10004


Cynthia Ryan
Program Manager—Travelers SBRE
VEDC Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund


200 E. Randolph St., Suite 5100
Chicago, Il 60601


Karen Malaga
Project Administrator—Travelers SBRE
ACE Women’s Business Center

678-335-5600 Ext. 115

84 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 8D
Atlanta, GA 30303

Our Partners

VEDC has partnered with Travelers to host these workshops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

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