Small Business Expert – Retail Management

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Title: Small Business Expert – Retail Management
Location: Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
3780 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501
$40.00 – $50.00 Hourly
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Employment Status: non-benefited, temporary, “non-exempt” position through June 30, 2021. One or more positions available.
Salary: $40.00-50.00/hour
Work Schedule: up to 19 hours per week. Schedule to be determined but generally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Some evenings may be required.
Deadline: Open until filled, but will review applications by June 19, 2020.

Summary: The Orange County / Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is a federal program partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration & the California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development. The SBDC is hosted by CSU, Fullerton and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this grant is to provide no-cost technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Orange County. The SBDC is seeking applications for a Small Business Consultant.

 Typical Activities

  • Provide SBDC consulting, training, and information services in the region to pre-venture, start-up, small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Maintain client database by preparing a detailed written assessment and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Keep abreast of business trends, techniques, and processes.
  • Work collaboratively with peers and the business community to expand expertise.
  • Community outreach responsibilities will include public presentations to key stakeholders and service on appropriate boards and committees related to economic development.
  • Travel as required to perform cross county-wide job functions.
  • Complete all forms and maintain client files as required by the SBA.
  • Document information, assistance, and outcomes of sessions with clients related to consulting and training activities performed by the consultant.
  • Provide Center with timely reports related to milestones and success stories of the client’s economic outcomes.
  • Individual must conduct own lead generation through creating partnerships with cities, chambers of commerce, business associations, etc to find clients.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field is preferred; or equivalent experience in retail or business management; or equivalent experience in financial analysis; or Bachelor’s degree in any field with either two years of business management or business ownership. 
  • Current or past small business owner – preferred; owned your own retail location; preferably multiple locations. 
  • Key understanding of small business issues related to retail. 
  • Understands how to inventory, lease negotiations, setting up employee handbooks, hiring employees, inventory control, pricing models. 
  • Experience in advising small businesses.
  • Experience delivering business presentations on a variety of topics in a public setting to diverse audiences: program and/or product development experience; and/or work experience with restaurant and retail types of businesses.

Knowledge & Abilities

Must Have Knowledge of:

  • Basic operations, services, and activities of a business assistance program including financing alternatives; methods and procedures used in starting or expanding a business; basic principles of effective supervision.
  • Principles and procedures of record-keeping and basic report preparation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and related software.
  • English usage spelling, grammar, and punctuation; pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, and regulations governing small businesses.
  • Applicants must be sensitive to the needs of a diverse client base.
  • Bilingual Spanish is preferred.
  • Experience working with an SBDC or economic development program; strong financial background and banking experience; SEO WordPress is highly desired.

Must Have Ability to:

  • Recommend and implement goals and objectives for providing business assistance services; analyze situations accurately and develop an effective course of action.
  • Provide guidance, technical assistance, and direction to businesses.
  • Effectively teach business management principles and strategies.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.
  • Use sound judgment; prioritize work to meet schedules and timelines.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Applicants must have the ability to travel throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties as needed.

Supplemental Information

UEC is an EOE – Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. This position will remain open until filled. This is a sensitive position and the selected candidate must successfully pass a thorough background investigation to include a criminal history check and DMV check prior to appointment.

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