The SBDC program is a job creation and job retention program that assists business owners and entrepreneurs with business plans, loan package proposals, advises on financial systems and projections, evaluates plans for expansion, provides analysis and assistance on cash flow issues, provides technology needs assessment along with important research, international trade and procurement assistance. In addition to the free one-on-one business consulting, the management team offers a variety of workshops and seminars. The UC Merced’s SBDC network is a nationally accredited program, largely funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The UC Merced SBDC Network is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with business assistance throughout Central California. UC Merced was awarded the SBA contract in 2003 to serve 15 counties in Central California: San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Santa Clara (south of Bernal Road), Monterey (east of the Salinas River), Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Mono and Inyo.
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