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About the Small Business Development Center

California Small Business Development Center Network

California’s Small Business Development Center (CA SBDC) Network is one of the state’s primary resource partners for small business development. Our 42 service centers and six administrative lead centers help drive the state economy. The CA SBDC Network provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with confidential, no-cost, one-on-one advising, expert training and a wide business network. Small business owners access capital, develop business and financial models, create and implement marketing strategies, connect to global markets, and grow their business online with the CA SBDC. We are proud to empower small business owners to start and grow their business.

State's largest and most effective small business assistance program

Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network

The Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network includes the Lead Center, eight local Service Centers and more than 20 satellite locations. It is among the top 10 funded networks in the country. Our SBDC network assists small business owners throughout the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. We increase sales, obtain loans, streamline operations, utilize new technologies, expand into new markets, and position our clients for long-term growth. Our team of small business consultants provides no-cost business consulting and low-cost training programs in business operations and management, marketing, financing, business planning and more.

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The CA SBDC  is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All Federal and State funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. 

Long Beach City College

Since January 1, 2006, Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) has been the host institution for the Los Angeles Regional SBDC program and the Long Beach Service Center. Program efforts have assisted over 30,000+ small businesses start, grow, and succeed. As the Lead Center host, LBCCD holds the contract with the SBA and contracts with a diverse group of eight educational and community development organizations to deliver services to small businesses. Expand the menu below to check out some of our staff and directors or connect to a center near you.

Leadership

PATRICK NYE

PATRICK NYE

Position: Regional Director

My role as the Regional Director for the Los Angeles Small Business Development Network is to serve small business throughout our tri-county network from the Lead Center at Long Beach City College.

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TED HIATT

TED HIATT

Position: Associate Regional Director

I am the Associate Regional Director for the Los Angeles SBDC Network, and have been with the program for 6 years.

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DIANE DUARTE

DIANE DUARTE

Position: Financial Analyst

As Financial Analyst and Regional Grants Specialist for the LA Network, I manage, execute and report all financial aspects of our grant funds.

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Service Center Directors

CATHERINE GROOMS

CATHERINE GROOMS

Position: Director

SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons

 

RAY BOWMAN

RAY BOWMAN

Position: Director

SBDC hosted by Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County

 

STAR VAN BUREN

STAR VAN BUREN

Position: Director

SBDC hosted by El Camino College

 

BRAD POLLAK

BRAD POLLAK

Position: Director

SBDC hosted by Long Beach City College

 

SEAN SNIDER

SEAN SNIDER

Position: Director

SBDC hosted by University of La Verne

 

CONSTANCE ANDERSON

CONSTANCE ANDERSON

Position: Director

SBDC hosted by Pacific Coast Regional

 

DONALD LOEWEL

DONALD LOEWEL

Position: Interim Director

SBDC hosted by Pasadena City College

 

CLAUDIA SHAH

CLAUDIA SHAH

Position: SENIOR ADVISOR

East Los Angeles Initiative