The Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works with small business owners to assist them with their business goals. They offer free and low-cost technology training, one-on-one advising, and guidance with licensing issues. In addition, they help connect small business owners with Business Advisors who can guide them toward success. Through this partnership, SBDCs help grow clients’ businesses and improve their bottom line.
The East Bay SBDC offers an eCommerce-ready program called CA Shop Small. This six-week program provides a website and online storefront for participating small business owners. The SBDC has helped 2,327 clients successfully navigate the economic recession, access $57 million in capital, and create 671 new jobs. The SBDC is a one-stop shop for local small businesses.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are federally designated technical assistance programs that provide direct economic benefits to communities. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of California are the two primary funding sources for these programs. The winning bidder will receive three contracts for Alameda County SBDC services. These contracts will provide $220,000 in initial funding for the Alameda County SBDC, as well as another $75,000 in State funding.
SBDCs can also assist in obtaining government grants. With their knowledge of government programs and grants, SBDCs can assist entrepreneurs in their quest to build their businesses. With their help, entrepreneurs can successfully climb the entrepreneurial mountain. SBDCs are also an excellent source of information and connections.