America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.

See how the Central California SBDC Network has served its communities.


Hibernation Hearth & Home, Sonora, CA

Dale and Marcella Cannon founded Hibernation Hearth & Home in 1986. Facing razor-thin profit margins that threatened to shutter the company, in 2016 they began working with the SBDC to "reboot" their business. In one year's time. They modernized their accounting practices to effectively track sales and profits, improved inventory management, ordering and shipping practices, strengthened vendor relationships, and invested in their business to support turnaround.


Partnering with Underserved Regions

The Central California SBDC Network works with resource partners to ensure technical assistance is available to businesses throughout our region, including underserved communities. An example is this series in Sonora, an Opportunity Zone.


Cal Poly SBDC and the SLO Hothouse Incubator

The SLO Hothouse Incubator program includes everything needed for early-stage companies to develop into financially stable, high-growth enterprises by providing the tools, training and infrastructure that help facilitate smarter, faster growth.


Export Assistance and Trade Passport Website

The Central California SBDC represents the State of California as a Trade Passport partner and has a Certified Global Trade Professional available to support businesses looking to expand sales to markets around the world.


SBDC has been our constant source for unbiased business expertise, coaching, accountability and stretch goal-setting. SBDC has assisted in forging Carmel Honey Co. into a more professionally led company with an aggressive and lofty business vision.

Jake Reisdorf, Owner, Carmel Honey Company


Coffee and Conversation with Katerina Axelsson from Tastry

Katerina shares her entrepreneurial experiences and journey to use artificial intelligence to match consumers to products they will love.


Managing Your Small Business Through The Pandemic

Our California State University Bakersfield SBDC holds weekly webinars to keep clients informed and share best practices to help businesses survive and thrive through this economic downturn. Averages over 90 attendees per week.


Disaster Recovery

The Cal Coastal SBDC and Valley Sierra SBDC have been collaborating with local partners in our Disaster Preparedness and Recovery efforts.


Virtual Veterans Resource Fair

The Monterey County Military and Veteran's Affairs Office adjusted their usual outreach efforts thanks to #COVID19 and the Cal Coastal SBDC was a proud participant in their First Annual Veteran's Resource Fair on November 10.