The confidentiality of clients of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Program is protected by federal law. See Section 21(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(a)). The California SBDC Network policy that all client information, including client names, files, and records, is to remain confidential and is not to be divulged beyond the staff of the California SBDC Network unless written consent is provided by the individual/business.