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Small-Biz Center Opens in Inland Empire

August 8, 2014

Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Aug. 08--LA VERNE -- A new Small Business Development Center has opened at the University of La Verne.

The center, which had a soft opening in March, will provide free one-on-one consulting and low-cost or free seminars and conferences for small businesses, providing business owners with information on resources such as the acquisition of capital.

Sean Snider, director of the center, said the center hopes to help about 100 to 150 small businesses annually. The center is in a repurposed human resources building on campus at 2180 Third St.

"Small business owners can learn everything from getting started, to organizing the business and accessing capital," Snider said.

The new center will be a part of the Los Angeles regional network, which serves businesses in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The center in La Verne will serve business owners in Pomona, West Covina, Diamond Bar, Claremont, San Dimas, La Verne, Industry and Hacienda Heights. But entrepreneurs in surrounding cities may also utilize the center.

The center is a partnership between the federal Small Business Administration, the Long Beach Community College District, and the University of La Verne. The placement of the center on the campus is part of the university's goal to engage with and support the surrounding community.

"Supporting our local small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs is our main goal" said Devorah Lieberman, university president, through a statement. "We are thrilled to host the SBDC program because it aligns perfectly with our core values."

University officials held an open house Wednesday, which was attended by Reps. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, and Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte.

"This is an area that has long been ignored, and it's about time they did recognize that a lot of businesses here have growth potential and we're looking to be able to have more of that," Napolitano said.

"This is going to help businesses connect and get assistance in growing business, in growing jobs and growing our economy, that's why this is so critical," she added.

The region has not had a small business development center since the one that had been at Mt. San Antonio College closed several years ago. In the past year, a new center recently opened at Pasadena City College.

Small Business Development Centers are typically hosted at universities and colleges, where the institution provides matching funding for the operation along with money from the Small Business Administration.

Information: http://lavernesbdc.org/

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