News & Press Releases

The Northeastern California SBDC provides regular updates on events, special funding, trainings, and other services available to regional businesses and entrepreneurs.  This page will contain the latest information.

October 14th, 2016

Northeastern California Small Business Development Center Opens New Service Center for Siskiyou County Businesses

Small businesses in Siskiyou County now have access to even more small business development services.  Expanded resources will be provided by the Siskiyou Economic Development Council (SEDC) in partnership with the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at California State University, Chico. 

“The SBDC will provide high-quality, in-depth private business consulting, guide and refer local businesses to appropriate capital resources, and eventually develop training seminars for existing and start-up businesses in the County. The new SBDC service center will enhance business services for Siskiyou County,” said SEDC Executive Director, Tonya Dowse.
One of the first workshops will be on the California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program. The workshop will take place on Monday, December 5 at the Best Western Miner’s Inn Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. To register, visit
In a video recently released by the SEDC, business owner Cael Weston of ACME Computers stated, “One of the obvious advantages of locating technical companies here is that the recreational opportunities here really appeal to a young, educated workforce.”
Since 2003, the Northeastern California SBDC at CSU, Chico has helped over 26,000 small businesses in the 23-county Northeastern California region. The Northeastern California SBDC provides management advice and technical training to small and potential business owners at little to no-cost.

In 2015, the Siskiyou EDC assisted 295 individual businesses and leveraged $4.8 million in new federal, state, and private investment for Siskiyou County communities resulting in new jobs and business expansion. The new SBDC service center will allow Siskiyou EDC to reach its goal of helping Siskiyou County businesses grow and prosper.

The Small Business Development Center will operate at the Siskiyou Economic Development Council office located at 1512 S. Oregon Street, Yreka, CA. 96097. To learn more about how your business may benefit visit or call the SEDC SBDC service center at (530) 842-1638. 


July 11th, 2016

Northeastern California Small Business Development Center Small Business Profile 2016 Released

The 2016 Northeastern California Small Business Devlopment Center Small Business Profile profiles small businesses throughout the twenty-three county service region. The twenty-three counties served are Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba. This profile is a supplement to the SBA Small Business Profile, which only reports state data. The SBA Small Business Profile differs from the SBA state profile by examining data and trends in the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center Service Region as well as the individual counties.

To view profile click here


October 15th, 2014

CSU, Chico College of Business and Center for Economic Development Student Consulting Program

  • Need help with a social media plan?
  • Need a business or marketing plan?
  • Want a marketing feasibility study for your new business or a new product?
  • Need assistance building an ecommerce site or ecommerce strategy?
  • Not sure how to best utilize or integrate business intelligence technologies?
  • Would you like to streamline and standardize your processes?
  • Need process improvements in your supply chain and human resource activities?

Our business students may be able to help!

The CSU, Chico College of Business and Center for Economic Development (CED) are collaborating on an initiative to give business students valuable field experiences while working on projects for local businesses.  

Teams composed of undergraduate or MBA students will be matched up with your business to help you succeed. Clients can have student teams work on an existing project or initiate a new project, process, or plan.  Projects will be part of a university course and have specific deliverables.  At the end of the semester your project will be delivered to you  as both a written and oral report. READ MORE

To apply for program click here


November 6th, 2013

Wells Fargo Gives $100,000 For Small Business Workshops

The Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a part of the Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank to support small business workshops in Northeastern California.

A news conference detailing the gift will be held in the Bell Memorial Union room 210 at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  Refreshments will be provided. Donald Terry, Vice-President and Community Development Officer, Government and Community Relations for Wells Fargo & Co., and Dan Ripke, Director, Northeastern California SBDC and Center for Economic Development, will provide remarks.

The goal of the Advanced Small Business Financial Management workshops is to help small business owners understand their financial situation and prepare themselves for growth and expansion.

The workshops will help participants become more sophisticated borrowers, prepare loan-ready small business owners and increase the number of small business owners who have access to capital, thus improving the area’s economic climate through job creation.

In addition to the workshops, small business owners will also have access to one-on-one business consulting services and comparative financial analysis of their small business offered by a local Northeastern California SBDC office. 

Ripke said Wells Fargo is a vital partner with the Northeastern California SBDC network, working closely with small business owners interested in expanding into new markets, creating innovative products and growing their operations.  The Northeastern California SBDC centers and staff look forward to working with Wells Fargo to help support regional entrepreneurs and small business owners, he said.

The workshops will be held in regional Northeastern California SBDC offices in Sacramento, Yuba City, Chico and Redding, as well as additional outreach locations to be determined.



August 28, 2013


Primary State:  California   
Declaration:  13731    
Disaster:  CA-00210

Incident:  Drought
Incident Period:  June 25 through August 19, 2013

Application Filing Deadline:  April 21, 2014

Primary counties:   

Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo & Yuba

Contiguous counties

State (CA): Calaveras, Lassen, Mendocino, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Shasta, Stanislaus, Trinity & Tuolumne
State (NV): Douglas, Washoe & Carson City

Disaster Loan Assistance Available:

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster.  These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). READ MORE



July 16, 2013


Clarissa CorreaThe Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC), Regional Director Dan Ripke announced that Clarissa Correa from the NECSBDC – Greater Sacramento has been selected as the 2013 State Star for the NECSBDC Region.

“I am delighted to make this announcement to recognize Clarissa for her extraordinary contributions in support to small businesses in Northeastern California,” said Dan Ripke.

Clarissa is the project administrator at the Northeastern CA SBDC - Greater Sacramento. Clarissa was chosen by the NECSBDC for being an outstanding performer, making major contributions to the Northeastern CA SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small businesses in the Greater Sacramento area.

Clarissa has been with the Northeastern California SBDC - Greater Sacramento since October 2006. In that time she has been instrumental in efforts to improve the overall operations of the service center and the region. In addition to her daily responsibilities as project administrator, Clarissa has been directly involved in the PayPal implementation, setting up Ed2go training, promoting workshops and SBDC programs to the local media, and most recently undertaking the task of grant/contract research. READ MORE




February 28, 2013

Wells Fargo donates $100,000 to Northeastern Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Greater Sacramento / Sierra & Center for Employment and Training

Two of eleven recipients of Economic Opportunity Grants awarded to urban and rural organizations and programs supporting workforce development and job creation for individuals, self-employed, small business owners and military veterans

Sacramento, CA., March 1, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company today announced it will give Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Greater Sacramento/Sierra and Center for Employment and Training, both technical-assistance providers to small businesses, a grant of $50,000 each. This grant is part of $1.5 million in grants to California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska organizations and programs that support workforce development and job creation. Award recipients were selected in both urban and rural locations within each state based on their support for individual job seekers, the self employed, small business owners and military veterans.

Cities and urban areas with the highest level of unemployment as measured by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics were selected. Urban organizations were selected in the following cities:


  • California: Oakland, San Jose, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Diego, and Riverside-San Bernardino.
  • Washington: Seattle.
  • Oregon: Portland.
  • Alaska: Anchorage.

Rural organizations were selected in each of the four states with the stipulation that 75% or more of the grant must benefit programs directly serving rural communities.

“Wells Fargo understands the importance of workforce development and helping create sustainable economic communities in our urban and rural areas that have been hard hit with unemployment,” said Kevin Barri, Community Foothills President. “These grants will go a long way to help strengthen and
reinforce the efforts of these organizations as they focus on creating job growth in their communities.” The $1.5 million in grant funds have been allocated among both urban and rural locations, with $1.1 million designated for urban locations and $400,000 allocated to rural. READ MORE



September 11, 2012



Michael Suplita

Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC) Director Dan Ripke announced that Michael Suplita has been selected as the 2012 State Star of the NECSBDC.

"I am delighted to make this announcement, and to recognize Michael Suplita for extraordinary contributions to the work of the NECSBDC and small business in the Northeastern California Region," said Dan Ripke.

Michael Suplita is a Project Manager at the Center for Economic Development at CSU, Chico. Michael was chosen by the NECSBDC for being an outstanding performer, making a major contribution to the Northeastern CA SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small businesses.  

"It is an honor to accept this award," said Michael "and to have the opportunity everyday to assist so many entrepreneurs achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business."

America's Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations.  It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses.  With about 1,000 centers across the nation, America's SBDC network provided business consulting to approximately 200,000 clients, training for more than 400,000 attendees, and other forms of management and technical assistance to approximately 600,000 small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. 




September 11, 2012



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Updated April 22, 2013 at 10:56 am by Josh Brown