Business development center opens its doors

Gabriella Chikhani
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne opened the Small Business Development Center last month — a hub designed to aid in the development and productivity of local businesses and the economy.

ULV’s Center is modeled after the Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network, which is a center for the delivery of government, academic and private sector services for the benefit of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“The SBDC will provide services to small businesses in the region,” said Abe Helou, dean of the College of Business and Public Management.

“Primarily our service will be to provide free consulting, to provide educational programs at very low costs and to provide help with increasing entrepreneurial activities and securing funding for people who have business ideas and are looking into starting their own businesses.”

The SBDC offers a team of business advisers who will provide low-cost training in business operations and management, marketing, financing, business planning and more.

“Just to go run my plan by a professional would be so helpful and eye opening,” said senior business major Deanna Doss.

The Center is open to anyone living or working in local cities including Pomona, West Covina, Diamond Bar, Claremont, San Dimas, La Verne and City of Industry.

The Small Business Administration is a U.S. government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Administration matched the funds raised by La Verne and Pasadena City College to help develop ULV’s new Center.

The SBDC assists all levels of business ranging from pre-venture to an existing business through plans such as “Startup Preparation,” “Operations Management,” and “Growth Planning.”

“We have no boundaries, we work with everybody,” said Sean Snider, the director of La Verne’s Small Business Development Center. “That’s what we get up to do every morning, to help get people over the challenge of opening up a business.”

The Small Business Development Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located at the corner of Third and E streets in La Verne. For more information visit lavernesbdc.org or call 909-448-1556.

Gabriella Chikhani can be reached at gabriella.chikhani@laverne.edu.

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