About Us

California is known for its movie stars, wine, and beaches. But it’s also the fifth largest economy in the world, and home to nearly 4 million small businesses— representing 99.8% of all Golden State businesses.

And that’s where we come in.

SBDC is the nation’s leading business services firm in growth, strategy, and people.

We bring together experts from diverse marketplace backgrounds —from marketing, to finance, to technology and global trade— to help make small business owners more successful and California’s communities more prosperous.

We’re a network

The SBDC program is a public-private partnership that leverages the resources of government, higher education, and the business community to advance economic prosperity for California small businesses and their surrounding communities.

We’re here to help

SBDC provides comprehensive, no-cost, customized services to help California entrepreneurs and small businesses start up, grow, and do tech commercialization.

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We Provide Services in Languages


English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), French, German, Farsi, Tagalog, Arabic, Hindi, Hmong, Somali, Swahili, Russian, Armenian, Cambodian, Portuguese and American Sign Language.

Serving 58 counties throughout the state


With nearly 39.2 million residents[8] across a total area of approximately 163,696 square miles,[13] California is the most populous U.S. state and the 3rd largest by area.

California leads the national economy


The economy of the state of California is the largest in the United States, with a $3.4 trillion gross state product (GSP) as of 2022.[15] It is the largest sub-national economy in the world.

Our mission is helping California’s small businesses realize success


58 counties, four million small businesses – and the fifth-largest economy on earth. California’s small businesses are a big deal. 

California SBDC is divided into five distinct regions, led by five highly qualified leaders bringing their unique expertise, real-world business experience, and economic development strategies together to provide comprehensive resources for clients and develop innovative resources and strategies for small businesses to realize sustainable success.

Meet the Leadership