How It Works

All eight of our centers offer no cost, no catch consulting and training workshops on several business topics throughout the Orange County and Inland Empire counties. Our consulting services are offered at no cost as well as our training workshops, however, some SBDC centers offer workshops at a low fee.

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Here’s how the SBDC works

SBDC consulting services are free

You read it right – our consulting services are offered at no cost, no catch. This is possible because we are partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Governor’s Office of Business sand Economic Development, several host institutions, local grant funds, and more.

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Our consultants are handpicked in a variety of different fields based on the expertise they have. In adherence to SBDC accreditation standards, our team is bound by strict confidentiality and security policies of each session.

Our consultants are paid and experienced

Our consultants are compensated through our program’s funding and are well-versed in a variety of different fields and industries. Take a look at our staff and consultants on our staff page.

Training opportunities are offered at a nominal fee or at no cost

Our workshops and training opportunities are offered at no-cost basis or a low fee. Each SBDC service center is responsible for creating their respective programs, thus pricing may be different from one location to another.

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We provide our clients access to our extensive network

Our clients are connected with our extensive network of partners, public agencies, and non-profits, who can help provide your business with potential resources.

We also provide your clients with grand openings and ribbon-cutting events for our “success story” clients. Through these events, we provide publicity for your business which is highlighted by local press and SBDC marketing channels – all at no cost to the client.