How It Works

With 8 regional service centers and over 20 outreach centers, the OCIE SBDC provides business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn and expand upon their business knowledge through various trainings and workshops. Consulting services and training programs are generally offered at little to no cost to the client.

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Here’s how the SBDC works

SBDC consulting services are free

Our consulting services are offered at absolutely no cost to clients thanks to partial funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), and our eight host institutions including our network host, California State University, Fullerton.

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All consulting services at the SBDC are confidential and designed to fit the specific needs of every client. Our SBDC staff members and consultants adhere to strict confidentiality policies and procedures in accordance with SBDC accreditation standards.

Our consultants are paid and experienced

Consultants at the SBDC are compensated through the organizations funding. They are collectively experienced in a variety of business specialties, functional areas, and industries. If you would like more information about our staff and consultants, view our staff page.

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

The great thing about our training opportunities is that they are widely accessible to our community often being offered at no cost or a nominal fee. Every SBDC center manages their location’s training programs and pricing, therefore program cost and availability vary from center to center.

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We provide our clients access to our extensive network

Through our years of experience helping small businesses, we have built an extensive network of partners, which includes service providers, public agencies, and non-profits. We make these additional resources available to our clients to help them reach their goals.

The OCIE SBDC network team celebrates the success of our clients through coordinated grand openings and ribbon-cutting events for our brick and mortar retail clients. These events are highlighted across local press, social media, and email outreach as SBDC “success stories” at no cost to clients. Our “success stories” offer an opportunity for our clients to obtain greater publicity and demonstrate the wonderful entrepreneurial spirit of Southern California.