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About the Small Business Development Center

What is an SBDC?

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partnership program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in a wide variety of business topics and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in many fields.  Consulting is provided free of charge to all small business owners. Each SBDC encourages unique local efforts, region to region, state to state, and community to community, to meet small business needs in its area. SBDCs develop and maintain partnerships among community organizations and local, state and federal agencies, providing a focal point for a broad network of public and private resources at the community level.  SBDC partnership programs and activities serving small businesses have contributed significantly to economic growth in California and across the nation.

About the SBDC

The Small Business Development Center is currently the largest management and technical assistance program serving the small business sector in the United States. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the overall program while implementation of the program rests with each SBDC State Director and the participating organizations within the state. The California Small Business Development Center program began operating in 1989 and the California SBDCs make up 31 of the 1000 SBDCs throughout the nation. SBDCs are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Eligibility for SBDC Services and Programs

SBDC services and programs are open to all small business owners in Contra Costa County.


SBDC services and programs are open to all persons without discrimination.