November 16, 2007

After the Fires - SBDC is Here to Help!

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available to assist business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance they need to sustain and grow operations.

Direct and personalized help is provided to entrepreneurs through complimentary professional consulting supplemented by low-cost or free seminars. These services are delivered to the San Diego and Imperial

Counties via a network of three Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

The SBDC provides comprehensive business guidance on best practices for small businesses, business plan development, financial management & projections, marketing, feasibility analysis, start-up basics, financing, contracting opportunities, credit repair, regulatory compliance, and international trade.

THE SBDC NETWORK SAN DIEGO & IMPERIAL COUNTIES

San Diego & Imperial Regional Network, Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, 1600, Chula Vista, CA. (619) 482-6388

Serving San Diego and Imperial Counties

Small Business Development and International Trade Center (SBDITC), Southwestern College, 880 National City Blvd., National City, CA. (619) 482-6391. www.sbditc.org

Serving San Diego County businesses south of interstate 8

SBDC North San Diego County, MiraCosta College, 1823 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA. (760) 795-8740. www.sandiegosmallbiz.com

Serving San Diego County businesses north of interstate 8

Imperial Valley SBDC, Imperial Valley College, 310 No. Imperial Avenue, Suite B, El Centro, CA. (760) 312-9800 www.ivsbdc.org

Serving businesses in the County of Imperial

The Small Business Development Centers are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Program, and center host institutions.

Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All Federal and State funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

You may want to visit with a small business consultant if you need:

* To determine if your business plan still makes sense or if you need to develop a new one.

* To prepare cash flow projections to see when your business will have a positive cash flow.

* To rebuild financial statements to apply for business loans.

* To find out if there is still a demand for your business’s goods and services.

* To decide when or if you should re-open your business.

* To examine if your customers are still located near your business and/or can your customers still get to your business.

* To find other sources of financial assistance above and beyond the SBA Disaster Loan program.

* To evaluate the financial strength of your business before the fires and decide what your financial risk is before deciding to reopen your business.

* To discuss your options before you make a final decision about your business.

* To determine if your suppliers are still in business and if they still provide the goods and services you need.

* To determine how the fires affected your competitors.

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