About Us

About the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC):

The The Coachella Valley SBDC offers no-cost, expert 1:1 business consulting, training and other resources in a variety of areas like start up assistance, debt and equity funding, attracting and retaining customers, product commercialization and more to current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Our consultants are current and former small business owners, ready to assist you with even your most complex business needs. So, if you need help starting or expanding your restaurant, attracting new clients, creating a website or would like to sell your products internationally make the Coachella Valley SBDC your first stop. We’re ready to help your business start, grow and succeed. The Coachella Valley SBDC provides offers its service from the community of Cabazon east to the City of Blythe in Riverside County and beyond.

About the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency (EDA)

The County of Riverside EDA was announced as the new host for the Coachella Valley SBDC in July 2016 to support  in serving Coachella Valley’s small businesses with a special focus on top industry sectors including hospitality and food service, retail services and healthcare, which are expected to experience growth between 12-44% over the next few years. The County of Riverside EDA has provided direct services to the Coachella Valley business community for over 30 years in unincorporated and city areas including a valuable portfolio of resources including:

  • Business intelligence – a research unit that maintains and updates statistical reports posted on the demographics page of the EDA website and develops custom research
  • One Stop Shop – a customer service unit with expertise in the county’s sub-markets and economic development programs and services
  • Site selection, site tours and community introductions
  • Fast Track permit processing
  • Financing resources including the new Riverside County Revolving Loan Fund Program and Microloan Programs
  • Networking events and more.

About the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network:

The Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and other private sector funds to offer no-cost business consulting, training and online courses to current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the counties of Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside. Since 2003,  the Network Lead Center hosted by the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton has held the contract with the SBA and contracted with a diverse group of six educational and community development organizations to deliver services to small businesses, including the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency (EDA). For more information, visit our Network website www.leadsbdc.org

About the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Small Business Development Centers:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interest of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to build America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps America start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The SBA administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance.