Small Business Development Center


Our SBDC helps stimulate economic growth by helping small businesses succeed. We provide knowledge and support throughout a vast array of expertise including business planning, loan packaging, social media marketing, e-commerce, media buying, public relations, insurance, food services, intellectual property, human resources, and more.


To view past webinars, click the link:  SBDC Webinars Archive Homepage

RECENT Webinars

"How to Franchise Your Business"

Aired August 9, 2017

Do you know how franchisees and franchisors can grow in this economy? Do you think your business is unique? Are your friends, family -- and, more important, your customers--telling you every day that you should franchise your business? They may be right.
But are you sure you really know what franchising is all about? Is your concept really "franchiseable"? How does one go about franchising? What does it cost? And do you have the skills necessary to become a successful franchisor?
In this presentation, Mark will answer these questions so that you will have a better understanding of franchising as an expansion strategy. While it's not the right strategy for everyone, there's nary a strategy that provides the explosive business growth and support potential that franchising affords.

"California Competes Tax Credits for Your Business"

Aired July 11, 2017

This is an encore presentation of the GO-Biz Workshop: California Competes Tax Credits for Business with featured presenter Scott Dosick. Did you know the state of California is offering over $200 million in tax credits this year to business owners willing to add just one job? This unprecedented program is free and available to businesses of all sizes, in any city in California. Since Governor Brown created the program in 2014, almost 700 California business owners have claimed $492.5 million in tax credits and plan on creating over 70,000 jobs. Last year alone, businesses were awarded roughly $220 million and over 30% of the businesses that applied were approved for tax credits anywhere between $20,000 and $10,000,000. The 100% online application is easy to fill out. Join senior officials from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a free one hour business development presentation in your area and get customized guidance on how to apply for this tax credit program. The next application period begins July 24, 2017. Don’t leave money on the table! Let us help you save money and take your business to the next level.

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The CSU Bakersfield SBDC is part of the UC Merced Regional Network.

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.




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Monday- Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(661) 654-2856
1631 17th St. Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301


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