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The UC Merced Small Business Development Center

The UC Merced’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the leading provider for business assistance in Central California, representing a 15-county geographic region. The University was designated the Lead Center in 2003 to provide small business assistance, leadership, financial and administrative oversight to the SBDC program throughout Central California.

This program brings in approximately $1.3 million annually in federal funds to Central California. The result has created an outreach initiative that has successfully grown by assisting 11,711 clients, helped create and retain more than 3,360 jobs, started 509 businesses that have invested $146,868,394 in capital investment in Central California.

Services include:

1.     Confidential Consulting (non fee based)

2.     Rural Assistance:

Assisting small businesses in rural areas in an effort to increase their participation in exporting, government procurement, tourism, access to credit, incubators, innovation and technology by helping to develop marketing and production strategies, technical assistance, and managerial assistance in obtaining financing for business startups and expansion.

3.     Access to Capital and Other SBA Programs

4.     Underserved Markets

5.     Women’s Business Ownership:

Help to promote and provide economic development and technical assistance services to women business owners and prospective women business owners.

6.     Veteran and Service-Connected Disabled Veteran Business Ownership:

Establish programs, initiatives and/or feasibility and marketing studies for veterans, Reservists and National Guard members.

7.     Import/Export Assistance and Training

8.     Supporting innovation by providing assistance and market feasibility analysis for
        the commercialization of technology transfer

For further information, please contact: Diane Howerton, Regional Director; dhowerton@ucmerced.edu. Phone: (559) 241-6590

The UC Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Network has the primary mission of promoting the development and growth of small businesses by providing high quality business assistance throughout Central California, thereby enhancing regional prosperity.

The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network assists Central California's entrepreneurs and small business owners through providing one-on-one consulting, small business training and research.

Donate To The UC Merced Small Business Development Center