SOURCE: San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce

chamber of commerce, small business

January 27, 2011 11:00 ET

SBDC Partners With San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce and The EDGE to Deliver Business Counseling Services for Area's Small Businesses

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2011) -  As part of a collaborative initiative with the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce and its new economic development initiative The EDGE (Economic Development Growth Enterprise), the US Small Business Administration's regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is moving to San Mateo. 

Starting Friday, SBDC counselors will co-locate in the new offices of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce and The EDGE, 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 108, San Mateo. SBDC hours will be the second and fourth Friday of each month, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

"Small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Northern California have had the opportunity to strengthen their businesses by tapping the professional consultants of regional SBDC's," said Linda Asbury, President & CEO, San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce. "The collaboration between The Chamber, The EDGE and SBDC brings this resource even closer to our local businesses with the goal of further strengthening the vibrant business community on the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula."

SBDC counselors offer advice and guidance on formation, management, financing and operation of new and existing businesses. Counseling is provided at no charge to qualified businesses, although there may be some out-of-pocket costs incurred by SBDC.

"Forming this relationship with the SBDC and offering businesses their resources locally is the kind of tangible, high impact business activity The EDGE is all about," said Steve Parker, Executive Director, The EDGE. 

To qualify for counseling, businesses must have less than 500 employees and be located in the San Mateo Region. People considering starting a business are also eligible.

All potential SBDC clients must sign a "Request for Counseling" form and agree to complete surveys to measure the effectiveness of SBDC programs. To maximize the value of the counseling, clients should prepare a draft business plan before meeting with the counselor.

SBDC counselors have significant experience in the private sector, many have extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds. Many SBDCs use qualified faculty, students and volunteers to enhance their counseling services. All counseling is confidential.

For SBDC services, visit www.sf.norcalsbdc.org, select Request Counseling , and complete the form. An SBDC representative will reply within one business day. Or, call Alfred Lam at (415) 481-4050.

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