The Small Business Development Center in National City, one of 35 such centers in California aimed at helping small businesses, received a federal grant of $89,000 to pay for more technology assistance to its clients including video conferencing counseling sessions, according to an Oct. 20 announcement from Southwestern College, which manages the center.
The money will also be used to expand the center’s network and outreach services to the East County and Miramar areas, according to the announcement.
The local center provides face-to-face business consulting and development training programs on topics ranging from technical assistance and starting up to management, operations, marketing, financial analysis and sourcing of local loans, according to the center.
In 2009, the center helped 675 clients obtain 26 loans totaling about $2.5 million. Clients also created 72 new jobs, retained 34 jobs, and showed an aggregate increase in sales of about $1.6 million, the center said.
— Mike Allen