Fresno State Small Business Development Center
OCED is now administrator of Fresno State Small Business Development Center (Fresno State SBDC), a host institution of University of California, Merced-Small Business Development Center (UCM-SBDC) Network. UCM-SBDC provides business assistance in Central California. Its mission is to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with high-quality education, consulting, support for innovation, access to information and tools necessary to build successful sustainable businesses.
In addition to Fresno State SBDC, the UCM-SBDC Network of host institutions includes California State University, Bakersfield-Small Business Development Center (CSUB-SBDC), California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB-SBDC), Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation, and The Alliance in Stanislaus County-Small Business Development Center (Alliance SBDC).
Central California's geographic area is 51,000 square miles and spans from the Eastern Sierras to the Central Pacific. San Joaquin Valley counties represented are Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare.
11/21/15 OCED Helps Valley Small Businesses
Photo courtesy of Fresno CDFI.
On November 21, in partnership with SBDC, SBA, Univision, and Fresno CDFI, OCED staff participated in a workshop for Spanish speaking entrepreneurs looking to expand or start a business. The successful event provided resources to over 150 participants/small businesses, predominantly from rural areas of the Valley. Plans are in the works to make the workshop an annual event.