Free Help With Developing Your Business @ Small Business Development Center

This past week I had a chance to learn about the South San Diego Small Business Development Center from one of their business advisors. As an attorney practicing in business law, I assist a number of clients with legal matters or legal disputes concerning their business. But often small business entrepreneurs need assistance with non-legal matters and do not know where to turn to. I recommend learning more about the Small Business Development Centers of San Diego. They offer assistance for FREE in the following topics:

  • Accounting / Quickbooks
  • Marketing / Public Relations
  • Business Plan Assistance
  • Growth & Expansion Strategies
  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Financial Analysis / Cash Flow Management
  • Business Structure / Formation
  • Merchandising
  • E-commerce & Online Sales

Learn more on the SBDC website.


Neat! Check out the brick at CSUSM

Neat! Look for Ruth Ryan-Cruz’s brick located at California State University San Marcos adjacent to the Starbucks patio near the Kellogg Library. Go Cougars! Participate in the CSUSM Giving Program. 


February, 2016 Bar Exam Results Are Released Today. Good luck, recent exam takers!

On Friday, May 13, 2016, results from the February 2016 California Bar Examination will be mailed to applicants. Applicants will be able to access the pass list this evening, beginning at 6:00 PM  (PST). Wish them all plenty of luck today!

To my past California Western School of Law mentees and interns waiting on bar results today: I wish you good luck this evening. Think positively and I look forward to welcoming you to the Bar along with the CWSL Alumni Group.

To my past CWSL mentees and interns who are practicing attorneys today: Rock on and help me wish CA bar takers the best today. I’m still proud of each and every one of you for accomplishing success with the Bar.

Interested in learning statistics about passing the CA bar? Review information published by the State Bar of California.


Local San Diego Business Spooner Boards on Shark Tank This Friday!

Are you a fan of the ABC hit-show Shark Tank? Or perhaps you like to support your local business on television? Watch Shark Tank this Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9pm PST on KGTV Channel 10 (ABC Channel) to support local business, Spooner Boards. Spooner Boards based out of National City, CA builds boards in the South Bay area. I’ll be watching as this local team of entrepreneurs wades through tough waters with the “sharks.”

Learn more about Spooner Boards through the National City Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan-Cruz Law, APC is a proud member of the National City Chamber of Commerce.

Learn how small businesses grow into big successes on a local and national level.

Wills for Heroes San Diego Saturday, January 30, 2016

If you know a firefighter or police officer in your life, let him/her know about Wills For Heroes program.  San Diego has its own division, but it is a nation-wide organization.

Here is a bit more about the organization:

“Anthony Hayes, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, in Columbia, South Carolina, started the Wills for Heroes program shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Anthony emailed the Columbia Fire Department asking what lawyers could do to help that department. During an impromptu focus group, it became clear that there was a glaring need for estate planning services.

Since then, Wills for Heroes programs in ten states have provided more than 7,000 free estate planning documents for first responders. Because of the tremendous success of these programs, attorneys and bar associations across the United States started requesting assistance with implementing Wills for Heroes programs in their communities. In response, Jeff Jacobson and Anthony Hayes created the Wills for Heroes Foundation to oversee the nationwide expansion of these programs and connect volunteer attorneys with local first responders.” Wills for Heroes & San Diego division

San Diego Event

San Diego is hosting an event on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the San Diego County Bar Association located at 401 W A St #1100, San Diego, CA 92101. Read more & sign up. I’ll see our first responders there!

See you at “Business Law Day” hosted by the San Diego Public Library

The San Diego Public Library is offering a “Business Law Day” on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 2:30pm-6:30pm.  At this special event, attorneys will be present to offer advice to prospective and current business owners in the areas of business law such as patents and intellectual property.

Speak one-on-one with an attorney in a 15-20 minute free consultation session. Attorney Ruth Ryan-Cruz has volunteered her time for this event and plans to offer advice at this event.

If you’re thinking about opening up a business  in San Diego County or perhaps you are in the process of doing so, we welcome you to attend this free event. This invitation is also extended to current business owners regardless of which stage your business is in. This event is open to the general public.

Event Information:
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 2:30pm-6:30pm
Address: Central Library / Special Events – 9th Floor 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
More information: SDPL & Other events

Share this information with your friends and family. They may need a free 15-20 minute consultation about their business plans.


Ruth Ryan-Cruz – Guest Speaker at MANA Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2015

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Ruth Ryan-Cruz, Esq. was a guest speaker at the MANA de San Diego’s scholarship awards ceremony held at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine‘s Medical Education and Telemedicine Bldg. In speaking, Ruth addressed the 2014-2015 Latina scholarship recipients about the importance of higher education.

At this event, $15,000 in scholarships were awarded to Latinas pursuing higher education.  MANA de San Diego provided a special thanks to Dr. Patricia J. Cantero, Scholarship Chair, and her committee: Veronica Bejar, Dr. Lupe H. Buell, Velma Calvario Gloria Cazares, Dr. Cynthia Davalos, Melissa Gonzalez, Lucy Hernandez, Janina Jimenez, Lolita Lizarraga, Cassandra Mougin, Dr. Ana Navarro, Elena Perez, Rose Reyes and Dr. Marissa Vasquez.

Community sponsors included: Community Health Group, Cox Communications, Mission Federal Credit Union, and Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz=

Individual sponsors included: Anonymous, Dr. Patricia Cantero, Dolores & Michael Dweck – “Jose Luis Wiarco Scholarship”, Norma Jasso, Lolita Lizarraga, Elisa Sanchez – “Jose D. Sanchez Scholarship.”

Photo courtesy of MANA de San Diego