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CSUF Awarded Grant to Oversee Region's Small-Business Development Centers

Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a $125,778 U.S. Small Business Administration contract to continue to oversee the SBA’s regional small-business development centers for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The university’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics has been responsible for administration of the centers in Fullerton, Santa Ana and Riverside since 2003. The college oversees training, consulting and technical assistance the centers provide to businesses with less than 100 employees.

“This year, our centers provided counsel to and trained more than 10,000 clients and had an economic impact of more than $44 million,” noted Jon C. Richards, interim regional director of the Small Business Development Center headquartered on campus. In addition to assisting with training and consultations, the center promotes technology transfer, funding and international trade for the region’s high-tech firms.

“We believe that these centers offer area businesses vital support and training and are a natural addition to our current efforts to help area and regional businesses,” said Anil K. Puri, dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, citing the college’s entrepreneurship program, as well as its Small Business Institute and Family Business Council. “Cal State Fullerton is well-positioned to provide leadership to the region’s small-business centers.”

Media Contacts:
Jon C. Richards, SBDC, 657-278-2719 or
Pamela McLaren, Public Affairs, 657-278-4852 or