Alameda County's Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at our centrally located office, 475 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.
To take advantage of all the great business assistance opportunities available for free to all Alameda County small businesses (under $7m in sales, or less than 50 employees) please visit the Alameda County SBDC website [http://acsbdc.org/] today.
What is a SBDC?
Through expert no-cost counseling, top-notch free seminars and low-cost technology training, to support in navigating licensing & permit issues and identifying resources, the Alameda SBDC guides small businesses to increased success rates.
Serving all of Alameda County, the Alameda County SBDC connects small business owners with Business Advisors who work hands-on with clients to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our clients' bottom line.
What does it mean to host a SBDC?
See the full Press Release here.
Oakland Chamber wins bid to host local SBDC New Alameda County SBDC office opens 2013
OAKLAND – On April 2, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce opened the new offices of Alameda County’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
After an open solicitation process that concluded in January 2013, the Northern California SBDC Lead Center announced the intent to award up to $215,000 in federal funds to the Oakland Chamber to host the local SBDC office and take over the day-to-day operations of the center.
The Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) provides free, one-on-one consulting and lowcost trainings to more than 2,000 small businesses in the county annually. The SBDC is a nationwide program which is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local match funding to help small businesses start
and grow in their communities.
The Norcal SBDC Lead Center – which oversees programmatic and fiscal operations of 11 centers in 14 Northern California counties – stepped in to manage the ACSBDC two years ago. Over that time the center has grown into a top performer in the region – with a specialty in helping small businesses access capital. “This new funding will allow us to expand services for our members and all businesses throughout the county,” said Joseph J. Haraburda, president of the Chamber. “The Alameda County SBDC, its program manager and existing business consultants have a long track record of solid performance filling the needs of local businesses. We intend to continue in that tradition.”
According to Alameda SBDC client surveys, positive impacts created through SBDC services in 2012 included: more than $26 million in acquired loans and equity capital, $4.6 million in sales increases as well as the launch of 39 new businesses. Norcal SBDC Regional Director Kristin Johnson said that in searching for the right host for the ACSBDC, the Lead Center needed a well-established nonprofit with a similar mission and local match funding in order to draw down federal funding to provide services to the community. They also hoped to find a strong team that would be able to pick up where the lead center left off. “We are counting this search for a new host a success on all counts and we are excited at the prospect of having another chamber in our SBDC mix,” Johnson said. “We have long been interested in diversifying the types of places Northern California entrepreneurs can access our services and we’re confident that the Oakland Chamber team is going to add value to our network.”
The Alameda County SBDC has relocated to the Oakland Chamber offices at 475 14th St. #100. For more information about how to apply for SBDC services (at NO COST to the client) go to www.acsbdc.org, or call 510.208.0410 to get started today.
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