How It Works

We have eight regional service locations with over twenty outreach centers that provide confidential consulting services as well as training opportunities in a wide range of business topics to new or existing businesses. Most of our consulting services and training sessions are provided at a low or no cost to clients.

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Here’s how the SBDC works

SBDC consulting services are free

The SBDC is partially funded by 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 others. This funding makes it possible for the SBDC to offer consulting services to clients at no cost.

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In addition to consulting services being offered at no cost, they are also confidential and customized to your particular needs. Every single one of our SBDC staff members and consultants obeys the strict confidentiality and security policies and procedures in agreement with the SBDC accreditation standards.

Our consultants are paid and experienced

Our consultants are paid through our program’s funding and experienced in a variety of business functional areas, industries, and specialties. For additional information about our staff and consultants, view our staff page.

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

Seminars and trainings are regularly provided at no cost or a minimal fee. Specific pricing and topics may vary by location since every SBDC service location has its own events and pricing.

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We provide our clients access to our extensive network

Our clients have access to our vast network of partners. Some of those in our network include service providers, public agencies, and non-profits. Our partners assist our clients with additional resources for their business.

A vital benefit to our “success story” clients is the publicity gained. The OCIE SBDC Network team organizes grand opening and ribbon-cutting events for our brick and mortar clients. By doing this we highlight the launch via local press, social media, and email outreach. All of this is done at no cost to the client. Most of our success stories are additionally promoted on our SBDC marketing channels, SBA materials, and our network partner promotional efforts.