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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
 
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SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING FOR
LOCAL JOB TRAINING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced that its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Network received $462,854 in new federal funding to expand local job training and business development programs. The funding comes from the federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

“Southwestern College wants to be a good neighbor – and that means helping our local businesses stay strong and grow,” Denise Whittaker, Interim Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. “By supporting our community’s entrepreneurs, we are supporting our students: it’s our graduates who will contribute to the success of these companies.”

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 provided $50 million in grants to Small Business Development Centers across the country to support the consulting, counseling and training services they provide. The $462,854 one-time grant to the San Diego and Imperial County region will help:

  • Deploy “survive and thrive” teams and training to support job retention and growth for at-risk businesses
  • Expand export assistance and training services at the Southwestern College SBDC and International Trade Center across the region
  • Provide outreach consulting to key areas in the region including East County, Escondido, and Calexico
  • Offer business advising in such growth industries as clean energy, food processing, apparel and sporting good, and maritime services for domestic and export markets
  • Help entrepreneurs to access research and product development resources for military and defense industry innovations

Housed at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at National City, the SBDC helps local and small businesses stay competitive in today’s economy by providing face-to-face business consulting and development training programs on topics ranging from technical assistance and start-up to management, operations, marketing, financial analysis and sourcing of local loan products.

“We know there are local businesses that are primed and ready to grow and are pleased our SBDCs are moving quickly to assist companies in San Diego and Imperial County,” Debbie Trujillo, Director or the Small Business Development Center Network, said. “Exciting and relevant training programs and specialized resources will be rolled out over the next few months. We look forward to business owners using them and succeeding in the marketplace.”

In January 2011, the College District announced $30,000 in new funding for its SBDC to provide assistance to veterans starting small businesses. The funding comes from AT&Ts “Disabled Veterans Micro Enterprise Development Program,” a pilot initiative to support new business creation and self employment by disabled veterans. For more information, visit www.growmybiz.org.

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options. 

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