INTERVIEW: No Small Task
Alberto Alvarado leads the local district office of the small business administration as the government agency caters to a renewed boost in entrepreneurism

By JEFF WEISS
Contributing Reporter

Perched in his 12th floor Glendale office, overlooking panoramas of the San Gabriel Mountains on one side and the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles on the other, it's easy to imagine that Alberto Alvarado, the Small Business Administration's district director for Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, can survey all the small businesses within his jurisdiction from his corner office.

Framed plaques attesting to Alvarado's impressive academic achievements hang side by side with a sign that reads "Parking for Mexicans Only others will be towed...

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