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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-01.03.12-SBDCatAVC
January 3, 2012
 
New Partnership to Establish SBDC Location in the Antelope Valley
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons has entered into a new partnership with the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) to establish a second full-time SBDC location on the UAV campus.
 
The new Antelope Valley Small Business & Entrepreneurship Center will open Thursday, Jan. 5, following an 11 a.m. press conference in the UAV Grand Ballroom, 44073 N. Sierra Hwy., Lancaster.
 
This partnership will provide a permanent location on the UAV campus for SBDC business advisers to meet with clients and begin conducting classroom and computer-based training sessions and free business consulting services.
 
SBDC business advisers also will be able to utilize UAV computer labs to offer different types of hands-on computer training. The partnership also will allow the SBDC to begin hosting more large-scale regional training events and seminars.
 
“The opening of this center represents yet another significant step in our efforts to bring an expanded lineup of SBDC services to the Antelope Valley,” said SBDC Director Steve Tannehill. “We are very appreciative of the support we have received from our partners in the Antelope Valley, including the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, Wells Fargo Bank and now the University of Antelope Valley. With their support and partnership we have been able to substantially increase our presence in the Antelope Valley, resulting in an almost 60 percent increase in our services over the past year.”
 
In 2011, those increased services helped Antelope Valley small business owners raise more than $1.1 million in capital, while creating 157 new jobs and starting three new businesses.
 
“We are so excited about having the SBDC here at the University of Antelope Valley,” said Sandra Johnson, co-founder and CEO of UAV. “The SBDC provides excellent services in which Antelope Valley residents and our students alike can utilize in fulfilling their dreams of business ownership. This partnership aligns our goals as educators with the entrepreneurial spirit the Antelope Valley is known for, and we cannot wait to see the new businesses and jobs created from this opportunity.”
 
To help launch this new partnership, the SBDC will host a series of free training sessions at its UAV location:
How to Successfully Start Your New Business
10 a.m. to noon
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
 
Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
 
Finding Funding
10 a.m. to noon
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
Those interested in registering to attending can find registration links on the SBDC calendar located atwww.cocsbdc.org
 
About the University of Antelope Valley
Located in the City of Lancaster, the University of Antelope Valley is a small, private university, founded in 1997. The mission of UAV is to offer higher education to the local community through the delivery of quality online and on-ground career specific certificate, undergraduate, graduate and continuing educational programs. The University’s website can be found at www.uav.edu.
 
About the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006. SBDC business advisors assist prospective and existing small business owners in starting, retaining or expanding their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community. 
 
The SBDC’s main offices are located in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.
 
For more information about the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons or the Antelope Valley Small Business & Entrepreneurship Center, contact the SBDC at (661) 362-5900 or sbdc@canyons.edu, or visit www.cocsbdc.org.
 
For information about the Jan. 5 press conference, contact Justin Gocke, UAV project coordinator, at (661) 726-1911, Ext. 149.