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San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Centers to Provide Small Business Training to Adapt to COVID-19 Environment, in Partnership with Supervisor Fletcher

05/20/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, with funding by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz.), have partnered to assist small business owners with reopening and thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The SBDC and Supervisor Fletcher are working together to provide daily updates to businesses regarding government regulations, health guidelines, and opportunities affording access to capital. The SBDC will offer free one on one business consulting and training. Also, the SBDC and Supervisor Fletcher will unveil a new one-stop website to provide free live and on-demand webinars to help small businesses prepare for reopening.  The site will allow businesses to sign-up for training, access county resources, templates, and counseling. The address is www.SDIVSBDC.org/adaptSD.

“The SBDC is a vital partner for small businesses in San Diego,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “This partnership will assist business owners in adapting to the new way of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Training is scheduled on broad topics, such as “Protecting Business Assets Online in our New Environment” and “Instagram Strategies After Covid-19”. Industry-specific training, such as for in-home Child Care, is available, with training in the retail sector, restaurants, and small farming forthcoming. New courses will continue to be added.

“Partnering with the County of San Diego and Supervisor Fletcher provides our SBDC team with the most current rules and regulations. This is critical to our work guiding small business owners as they move into the recovery phase of our Covid-19 environment,” said Marquise Jackson, Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network.

About SBDC: The San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network, which is hosted by Southwestern Community College, is funded by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz.) The San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network includes eight service partners in San Diego County and 1 in Imperial County. The San Diego County locations include North San Diego SBDC (MiraCosta College), East County San Diego SBDC (East County EDC), South San Diego SBDC (Southwestern College), the Brink (University of San Diego), Export Trade SBDC (San Diego Regional EDC/World Trade Center), Connect SBDC, Asian Business Association SBDC, and International Rescue Committee SBDC. SBDC can provide services in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Swahili, Dari, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and others.