How It Works

Throughout the Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, our eight regional service centers provide confidential business consulting and training workshops for a wide array of businesses. Our consulting services and most of our training workshops are offered at no cost.

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Here’s how the SBDC works

SBDC consulting services are free

Through partial funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), our seven host institutions including our network host, California State University, Fullerton local organization grant funds, and more SBDC consulting and training services are offered at no cost to clients.

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Our consulting services are not only offered to you at no cost, but are also confidential and customized to your specific needs. In adherence to SBDC accreditation standards, all our consultants are required to follow strict confidentiality policies.

Our consultants are paid and experienced

Our consultants are compensated through our program’s funding. Each consultant is uniquely experienced in a variety of different business areas, processes, and industries. To learn more about our consultants, check out our team page!

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

Our training workshops and seminars are mostly offered at no cost or for a small nominal fee. Each SBDC location hosts workshops uniquely made for their clients’ needs and are priced accordingly, thus pricing and materials may vary.

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We provide our clients access to our extensive network

Once you’re a client, you will have access to our extensive list of network partners which include public agencies, service providers, and non-profits, all of which provide you with additional resources and connections for your business.

We also provide our “success story” clients with publicity through grand opening and ribbon-cutting events, which is featured in local press and outreach efforts – all at no expense for the client. Our “success story” clients are also featured across SBDC marketing channels, SBA materials, and our network partner promotions as well.