UC Merced SBDC Regional Network provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with high-quality consulting, support for innovation, access to information, and tools necessary to build successful sustainable businesses.
On July 1, 2003, University of California, Merced was awarded a grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration to support the growth of small business in the 14-county region of Central California. Our goal is to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses, to help small businesses expand, and to provide the information small business owners need to make critical decisions.
The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network Lead Office provides vision, leadership and administrative oversight to our network of centers. Service center locations conduct business training workshops, one-on-one business counulting, and technical assistance for loan packaging, at no cost to small business owners and aspiring small business owners. SBDC assistance is tailored to the local community and the needs of individual clients.
Small businesses are the engine of economic growth. Currently, there are more than 22 million small businesses in America. Small business accounts for 99% of all U.S. businesses. It employs 53% of the private work force and contributes over half of the nation's private gross domestic product.
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