Program History

Since its inception in 2003, the Northeastern California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has evolved into a network of six SBDC service centers operating under the guidance of the Northeastern California Regional Director located at the California State University, Chico.

The Northeastern California SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business. SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in one-to-one sessions to help test a new business proposition, shape a business plan, or investigate funding opportunities. Addressing topics ranging from compliance issues to marketing tactics, SBDC programs serve to inform and assist entrepreneurs with the many tasks a new business owner faces.

Last year (2016), working with our clients we:

  • Advised 1,819 clients
  • Provided 9,740 hours of consulting
  • Held 237 business management training sessions
  • Instructed 2,266 training session attendees
  • Created 149 new businesses
  • Helped create 698 jobs and retain 213 jobs
  • Helped clients increase sales by $15,371,237
  • Facilitated 99 small business loans for a total dollar amount of $20,279,288,
    and new owner equity investment of $17,405,416, for a total capital infusion of $37,684,704.