The centers, in coordination with federal, state, local and private sector resources, deliver management and technical assistance to small businesses. We provide business owners with assistance in business planning, management, marketing, sales, procurement, and strategic planning as well as getting access to financing. The SBDC service centers offer entrepreneurial education and one-on-one consulting services that get companies on a fast track to growth.

Free & Low-Cost Business Help

The LA SBDC Network offers no-cost consulting and low-cost training on a wide variety of subject areas.  Each center within the LA SBDC Network provides its own unique calendar of training tailored to the needs of their local business communities, and consulting services are provided to business owners within the policies and procedures of each respective center.

Below is a listing of the general subject areas in which the Network can provide assistance.


  • Start-up Advice
  • Payroll & Tax Information
  • Business Incorporation
  • Export/Import Assistance
  • Website Development
  • New Product Launches
  • Business Expansion
  • Effective Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financing
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Issues
  • Access to Capital/Loan-packaging Assistance
  • Business Sales & Marketing
  • Permits & Licensing Information
  • Government Certification & Contracts
  • E-Marketing
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Accounting/Quick Book Basics
  • Entrepreneurial Success Strategies
  • Credit Improvement
  • Cash Flow
  • Contracting & Procurement
  • Technology

One-on-One Counseling

Our business consultants have years of hands-on experience helping businesses grow or solving business problems. Come in and receive face-to-face assistance, crafted exclusively for your business.

Business Counseling & Workshops Provided in Other Languages

Some centers within the Los Angeles – Ventura – Santa Barbara County SBDC Network provide business help in other languages, such as Spanish or Chinese.