7/21/16  SBDC Trains Trainers

Fresno State SBDC QuickBooks Trianing


On June 21 in Fresno, we hosted a QuickBooks training for trainers in the Fresno and Madera County areas. Upcoming workshops are planned for the Tulare and Kings County areas.

To find a event/workshop in your area, please view our calendar

7/8/16  Business booming, Current Culture H2O outgrows Fresno home

The Business Journal 


A Fresno-based company that caters to the burgeoning cannabis industry was named the 2016 Innovation and Technology Business of the Year by the UC Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Click here to read full story at The Business Journal.

5/3/16  SBDC Small Business Awards

Eduardo Gonzalez and Maria Naranjo

Pictured above, Eduardo Gonzalez, Fresno State SBDC director and  Maria Naranjo, Fresno State SBDC program specialist.


Over 100 gathered in Fresno on May 3 for the 2016 Small Business Recognition Program. Fellow SBDC centers from the UC Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network and small business owners throughout the Central Valley attended the event to honor and congratulate businesses of the year.


Eduardo Gonzalez, Gil Jaramillo, Munir Khan, Mysty Rusk

Pictured above, Eduardo Gonzalez, Fresno State SBDC director; Gil Jaramillo, Fresno State SBDC assistant director; Munir Khan, Fresno State SBDC consultant; Mysty Rusk, UC Merced SBDC Regional Network associate regional director.


Fresno State SBDC consultant, Munir Khan was awarded the Small Business Development Center Impact Award. Munir has worked with Fresno State SBDC for over 9 years where he has served 280 small business clients.


Daniel Wilson, Akshay Raorane, Christian Long

Picture above, Daniel Wilson, CCH2O president; Akshay Raorane, Fresno State SBDC consultant; Christian Long, CCH2O Vice President.


Current Culture H2O (CCH2O), a Fresno State SBDC client, was awarded the Innovation and Technology Business of the Year Award. CCH2O is a hydroponics company that developed a patented system of growing plants in order to reduce water consumption, waste and contamination.

4/29/16 Q&A: SBDC & Square

Q&A: Fresno State SBDC and Square


Square Partners: Office of Community and Economic Development and Small Business Development Center, Fresno State University

We got the chance to chat with Fresno State SBDC Director Eduardo Gonzalez for his perspective on the work they do, partnering with Square, and helpful tips for small business operators.

Q: What is the mission of OCED/SBDC? How do you help small businesses?

A: The mission of the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State operates the Fresno State Small Business Development Center (Fresno State SBDC). Fresno State SBDC assists existing businesses with being competitive in a complex marketplace and helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership. Fresno State SBDC provides business consulting and training in the following areas: business planning and management, marketing financial management, specialized assistance with international trade, technology transfer and commercialization, distribution and manufacturing, and business training workshops, all at no cost to small businesses.

Q: Why partner with Square?

A: One of the things that SBDC helps clients with is financial management and credit card and debit card processing, where Square fits perfectly. The OCED at Fresno State has partnered with Square for over two years. The partnership has provided training opportunities for hundreds of small businesses in the San Joaquin Valley that have a need for debit/credit card processing, point-of-sale systems, financing, inventory, and e-commerce. In 2016, Fresno State SBDC is launching the Fresno State Small Business University, and the Square training workshop will be a significant part of this new resource for all San Joaquin Valley small businesses. Square has been great in training our staff to be trainers for this amazing product.

Q: What advice do you have for a new small business owner?

A: Most of our clients have requested business plan consulting. Our advice is always to have a great business plan in place in order to be successful. Having a well-thought-out business plan will help you start, grow, and expand your business.

Thank you, Eduardo, for taking the time to chat with us.

Post Date: April 29, 2016, "Are you ready for National Small Business Week?"

4/28/16 SBDC Visits Crowley Elementary

Assistant Director Gil Jaramillo at Crowley Elementary

Assistant Gil Jaramillo visited with Crowley Elementary in Visalia on April 28 for the Crowley Goes to College event. Growing up near the school, Gil shared with students the importance of hard work and the great opportunity near them, Fresno State.