UC Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network

We provide entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Central California with high-quality consulting, support for innovation, access to information, and the tools necessary to build successful sustainable businesses. Consultants provide one-on-one business consulting and research services. We assist entrepreneurs whose business focus is innovation, which typically involves new technology or new uses of existing technology. The technology is based on intellectual property (IP) or a new application of existing IP contributing to a strong competitive advantage in the marketplace, serving as a foundation for a high rate of growth.


Core Services

Consulting Services

SBDC consultants offer technical assistance on a large variety of business topics.

Workshops and Training

We offer a variety of workshops, in-depth business training and specialized events to help strengthen your business knowledge. Whether starting a new business or sustaining and expanding on an existing business, we can help guide you through your business for a more successful future.

Research Services

SBDCs offer research on a variety of topics that will help you make educated decisions that could mean the difference between success and failure.

Valuable Resources

Access online courses, publications, forms and Business Training Network.

Procurement Services

The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network has partnered with the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to assist small business owners obtain government contracting opportunities.

Veterans Business Support

The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network promotes business ownership and expansion for veterans (Active Duty, National Guard & Reservists) in Central California.


The funding we received from the California Energy Commission is a direct outcome of our partnership with Fresno State SBDC. -Dr. Ed Valeau, Advisor

- Wexus Technologies, Fresno

This year’s award is the highest award given in the number one district for the entire Small Business Association so we’re very honored. -Nikki Cummings, President

- World Wind & Solar, Tehachapi

We could not have completed these negotiations successfully without the assistance of the Alliance SBDC. -Tom Tapia, Owner

- Tom's Truck Repair, Modesto

Host Institutions

UC Merced - University of California


University of California, Merced
The first new American research
university in the 21st century,
with a mission of research,
teaching and service.
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400

University of California

Contact Us
Lead Center (Main Office)
550 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93710
T: (559) 241-7414
F: (559) 241-7422
Toll-Free: (877) UCM-SBDC or (877) 826-7232
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