Dr. Jorge “Chevy” Chavarin

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, get to know one of The Center’s strategic advisors who helps business owners reach their dreams.

Dr. Jorge “Chevy” Chavarin, who proudly identifies as Mexican, recognizes the importance of his ancestor’s contributions not only to American history but to history as a whole. By acknowledging and honoring business leaders like Dr. Jorge “Chevy”, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Influenced by cultural experiences of his Mexican parents, Chevy was born and raised in East Los Angeles. Taking an unlikely route, he dropped out of high school and joined the Marine Corps after completing his GED. After a 24-year career in military service, he went on to pursue higher education, obtaining impressive credentials, including his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

Driven by his desire to start his own business and pay homage to his father’s legacy, Chevy opened a consulting business to provide leadership development and help small business owners achieve their dreams. 

Chevy is an educator at heart which makes him a natural at providing one-on-one support in both English and Spanish to small business owners seeking expert advice to help their businesses thrive. He is just one of a dozen business advisors at The Center by Lendistry that provide free services to thousands of small business owners to help them succeed in their industry or business model. Before launching his business, Chevy taught classes at Brandman University, San Bernardino Community College District’s Professional Development Center and went on to attain the position of Department Chair for the Graduate School of Business and Management for Argosy University. He joined The Center for Lendistry in 2020 to assist with the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), two SBA-backed programs providing funding to help small businesses recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since joining The Center, his role has shifted from assisting with COVID economic recovery programs to one-on-one consulting services, including business plan development, support with understanding and applying for loans, small business certifications, access to resources, and ongoing mentorship. 

“Chevy is the embodiment of The Center’s hands-on approach. His educational and cultural background allow him to provide innovative solutions to our clients. We take pride in building relationships with the clients that we serve, including providing in-language services to remove barriers and ensure that everyone’s most essential business needs are met,” said Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, President and CEO of The Center by Lendistry. 

His approach? “Break it down Barney-style,” a term he learned in the Marine Corps, meaning to explain something that might be confusing to someone in basic terms to ensure they understand it. Chevy is inspired by seeing the shift in his clients once they understand complex topics and gain confidence to pursue their short- and long-term goals.

Chevy advises all his clients that “every small business owner should be able to take on a small business loan at any given time.” He highlights how capital can grow their businesses. This is why he coaches small business owners to stay up to date and active with their business license, Employer Identification Number (EIN), three years of taxes, credit score, and necessary permits, if applicable. Learn more about how to access these free resources at https://thecenterb1stg.wpenginepowered.com/

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