Wells Fargo Recognizes San Diego Business with Hispanic Business of the Year Award

San Diego County’s leading small business lender celebrates the success of a local Hispanic business owner
SAN DIEGO, November 10, 2010 –Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), San Diego’s leading lender to small businesses, has awarded the San Diego Learning Center with the 2010 Wells Fargo Southern California Hispanic Business of the Year Award. Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez, founder and president of the San Diego Learning Center, will be presented with the Hispanic Business of the Year Award and a $5,000 prize by Wells Fargo executives on Univision Television airing Thursday, November 11 between 5 – 7 a.m.
The San Diego Learning Center is an affordable educational company designed to help students and adults of all ages reach their full academic potential. Established in 2002, the center’s education programs start with pre-k reading readiness through college level courses. The center has four San Diego County locations; Chula Vista, East Lake, Barona Indian Reservation and Viejas Indian Reservation.
The $5,000 cash prize will be used by the San Diego Learning Center to provide scholarships to assist local students with educational costs.
“I am very honored to be recognized with the Hispanic Business of the Year Award,” said Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez.  “This prize will allow me to continue my service to the Hispanic community by providing scholarships to our local youth, to help them with school and educational costs. My business prides itself in touching the lives of not just one child but the lives of many children and this award will help me to do just this.”
Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez is the founder and president of the San Diego Learning Center. She has a B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and has lived in San Diego for the past 15 years. She became interested in the field of education while working on her Master’s degree in Administration. Jesseca spent 5 years working as the Center Director of a world-wide supplemental education corporation, where she served as the top Center Director nationwide and received the Center Director of the Year Award. Jesseca was also honored as the 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year by the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Jesseca’s philosophy of education is to meet students at their level, diagnose student progress, and prescribe new learning.
“Wells Fargo is very pleased to recognize the San Diego Learning Center as the 2010 Hispanic Business of the Year,” said Kim Young, Wells Fargo’s Southern California regional president.  “Jesseca has an unwavering passion and commitment to the Hispanic youth in our community and is delivering quality work that makes her a leader in her industry and community.”
Wells Fargo is the No. 1 SBA lender, in both units and volume, to San Diego County small business owners. For the federal fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30, 2010, Wells Fargo extended 56 loans totaling $20.8 million in SBA 7(a) financing to San Diego County small business owners.  The company is also America’s No. 1 small business lender (2009 Community Reinvestment Act government data) and a leading lender to women-and diverse-owned businesses.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 banking stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With 278,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked #19 on Fortune’s 2009 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.