Your community
of business experts.

Whether you are looking to grow your business or are just getting started, the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC is ready to help you on your journey.

Helping businesses succeed.

With a team of more than 100 business owners and industry experts, the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network is the consulting firm you need for your business. We offer no-cost resources to entrepreneurs throughout the Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

Riverside County Thrive Grant Program

The OCIE SBDC Network has partnered with the County of Riverside Office of Economic Development to provide eligible small businesses the opportunity to apply for a grant award.

Bark’n Beauty Spaw Grand Opening

With the support of her husband and mother, Shelby Hernandez decided to bring Bark’n Beauty Spaw to life as a mobile dog grooming provider servicing Orange County.

Southern California Contracting Conference

More than 400 attendees participated in networking with 25 agencies and departments, 12 breakout sessions, and over 100 matchmaking opportunities.

Our Services


The OCIE SBDC offers confidential one-on-one expert business consulting. From planning and marketing to lease negotiations and government contracting, the OCIE SBDC team will be by your side working with your business to achieve that next milestone.


From lunch-and-learn webinars to cohort training programs, we offer an array of learning opportunities designed to help you grow your business and achieve success. Our training programs are taught by both our team of experts and partners — all of whom are industry professionals positioned to answer your questions. 


Financing and refinancing your business is tough and it’s hard to know where to start. Our team of financial consultants will assist you in exploring your options, matching you with a credible lender from among our network of more than 100 institutions, and helping you determine the best loan terms.


There is a wealth of resources available to business owners, and the OCIE SBDC can help you access them. Whether you are positioned to utilize a hiring subsidy when hiring a new employee, need to connect with a public official, have human resources needs, or would like market research for your business, the OCIE SBDC can connect you with these resources and many more.


Meet with one of our
experts for a one-on-one consultation.


Mike Daniel is the network director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners throughout Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Mike was formerly the director of the SBDC office at Long Beach City College. As business owner and entrepreneur himself, he started his career as the owner of a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory location in Manhattan Beach and went on to open a second location in Long Beach in 2001. In 2007, Mike sold the Manhattan Beach store for an above-market offer then invested in several additional locations as a minority shareholder. Mike further expanded his candy empire with venture located in Shoreline Village in Long Beach called Sugar Daddies Sweet Shoppe, based on fill-it yourself candy options.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.