FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2007
Small Business Development Center Holds Open House
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted by the College of the Canyons, will celebrate its grand opening and host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22. The SBDC is located at 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100 Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
Attending the event will be local dignitaries and partners. Local business owners, bankers, and clients of the SBDC will also be in attendance. Attendance is free.
In its first full year of operation, the local SBDC counseled and trained more than 2,100 clients and conducted in excess of 90 workshops. The SBDC is part of the largest non-profit business development organization in the Nation. As part of a network of centers led by Long Beach City College, the SBDC offers business consulting, training, and workforce solutions to small businesses (500 employees or less) throughout the Antelope, San Fernando, and Santa Clarita Valleys.
The SBDC promotes and stimulates the growth of small businesses by providing expert, no- or low-cost business and financial counseling and training services. The services of the SBDC are the newest addition to the College of the Canyons Economic Development Division programs, which includes the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, the Employee Training Institute for customized business training, and the planned Advanced Technology Business Incubator for start-up technology companies.
The local SBDC is supported through grants and sponsorships by the federal Small Business Administration, the state of California Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges, the Santa Clarita Community College District, and local sponsors including Poole & Shaffery, LLP, L/B/W Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., SCV Bank, the City of Palmdale, the City of Santa Clarita, and the City of Lancaster. Additional partners include the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Build WorkSource Center in Chatsworth, CA, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the South Valley WorkSource Center in Palmdale, and the Valley Industrial Association.
For more information about how the Small Business Development Center can assist your business or how to become a corporate or community sponsor, contact Paul De La Cerda, SBDC Director, at 661-294-9375 or visit www.canyonsecondev.org.