About Us

SBDC is proud to be a vital resource to tens of thousands of businesses each year. Our no-cost services, including advising, training, and capital assistance continue advancing entrepreneurial success— ultimately leading to prosperous local communities.

We’re a well connected, high-impact network

58 counties, four million small businesses – and the fifth-largest economy on earth. California’s small businesses are a big deal. 

We bring together a diverse network of organizations, including federal, state, county, and municipal government, regional economic development partnerships, chambers of commerce, financial, and educational institutions, and more to create a cohesive ecosystem for sustainable entrepreneurial enterprise, driving vibrant economic growth.

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We Provide Services in Languages


English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), French, German, Farsi, Tagalog, Arabic, Hindi, Hmong, Somali, Swahili, Russian, Armenian, Cambodian, Portuguese and American Sign.

Serving 58 counties throughout the state


With nearly 39.2 million residents[8] across a total area of approximately 163,696 square miles,[13] California is the most populous U.S. state and the 3rd largest by area.

California leads the national economy


The economy of the state of California is the largest in the United States, with a $3.4 trillion gross state product (GSP) as of 2022.[15] It is the largest sub-national global economy.

We’re big on small business

Our expert advisors provide comprehensive, no-cost counseling, customized training, and various funding options to help small businesses succeed.

Our broad range of services are tailored across a mosaic of industries, from taco trucks to tech startups, and we help thousands of entreprenuers achieve their business potential year after year.

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We believe knowledge is power

California SBDC provides expert-led, training for small business owners, helping them turn their ideas into successful enterprises. We offer in-person and virtual training, designed to help clients along each stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

Our goal is to help empower small business owners to compete in California’s diverse and innovative economy by teaching the most up-to-date methods, best practices and new skills that ultimately improve their chances of success.

We’re local

With 56 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) centers across 58 counties, we’re located wherever you business. Online and in-person in a neighborhood near you.

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