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San Francisco Chronicle Spotlights Small Business Development Centers

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 4/21/2010

A report from the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the services offered by Small Business Development Centers.

A new report from the San Francisco Chronicle highlights the services offered by Small Business Development Centers - good news for entrepreneurs who may be looking for assistance.

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SBDCs are funded by federal money, state money and economic development grants, the paper writes, and have been around since the Carter administration. The purpose of the centers is to help small businesses help themselves.

The centers offer workshops and counseling, with staffers and advisers on hand to help with business plans, loans, bookkeeping, patents, contracts and more.

In addition, intensive evening classes are available. These classes cover a wide range of topics and are designed to give business owners useful information they can easily incorporate into their existing companies.

Finally, the paper writes, SBDCs create a sense of community by bringing together entrepreneurs with the same questions, issues and experiences. Client information is kept confidential, but the centers aim for a cooperative environment.

The Office of Small Business Development Centers is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration. On its website, the SBA says that the development centers program is "a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services."

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