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CNMI Small Business Development Center Network Welcomes Charlene Manglona Ogo as Rota SBDC’s Director/Business Advisor


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

CNMI Small Business Development Center Network Welcomes Charlene Manglona Ogo as Rota SBDC’s Director/Business Advisor

The CNMI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is excited to announce the appointment of Charlene Manglona Ogo as the Director/Business Advisor for the Rota Small Business Development Center. This significant milestone comes after an extensive search and persistent efforts to fill the vacant position, a challenge due to the Service Center’s remote location and its scarcity of qualified applicants.

Charlene Manglona Ogo brings with her a wealth of educational and entrepreneurial experience. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Phoenix and has been a successful entrepreneur since 2021. Charlene’s business, Sweet7Oh!, specializing in custom baked goods and desserts, has garnered a loyal customer base and widespread acclaim in the community.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to join the CNMI SBDC Network as the Director/Business Advisor for the Rota SBDC,” said Ogo. “I look forward to using my experience and passion for business to support and guide local entrepreneurs in Rota, helping them achieve their goals and contribute to our vibrant community.”

CNMI SBDCN Network Director, Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero also expressed enthusiasm for Charlene’s appointment, “Charlene’s entrepreneurial background and academic achievements make her an excellent fit for the Rota SBDC. Her dedication and innovative mindset will undoubtedly benefit our clients and further the mission of our Network as we look forward to delivering services to our island community in Rota.”

The Rota SBDC has been under the capable leadership of Diana Benavente Hocog, Executive Director of the NMC Rota Center, who has served as the Rota Service Center’s acting director. Her stewardship has been instrumental in maintaining the Center’s operations and supporting local businesses during this transitional period. The CNMI SBDC Network extends a depth of gratitude to Mrs. Hocog for her hard work and dedication to the program. 

All interested individuals may contact the Rota SBDC located at the Rota NMC Campus at (670) 237-6873 or contact the lead center in Saipan at (670) 237-6888. For more information on our programs and services, visit our website at or follow us on our social media channels @cnmisbdc on Instagram or CNMI Small Business Development Center Network on Facebook to stay updated with our upcoming events and business opportunities.

The CNMI SBDC Network promotes a business-friendly economic infrastructure in the community, builds entrepreneurial capacity and financial literacy within that community, and provides current and nascent small businesses with the technical assistance, counseling, training, and support they need to innovate, adapt, and grow. 

The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network (CNMI SBDC) Network comprises the CNMI SBDC lead center located in Saipan, the Rota SBDC, and Tinian SBDC. The CNMI SBDC Network is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Northern Marianas College. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals with at least two weeks advance notice. For arrangements, please contact your local SBDC at P. O. Box 501250 Saipan, MP 96950, Tel: (670) 237-6888, or email SBDC Administrative Office Manager Services are extended to the public on a non-disciplinary basis.

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