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Hartnell College Opens Small Business Development Center

April 20th, 2007

Hartnell College will host an open house to launch its new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and introduce the centerís first director, Elza H. Minor, at 3 p.m. on April 23 in the Hartnell College Board Room at the main campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas.

The event will begin with brief remarks by Hartnell President and Superintendent Dr. Ed Valeau, new Hartnell SBDC Director Elza Minor, Lyle Wright from the Small Business Administration at UC Merced, and Mike Roessler from the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

The Monday afternoon event coincides with the beginning of Small Business Week 2007, observed throughout the United States to celebrate the contributions of small businesses to the stability of communities. Both the Fresno Regional Office of the Small Business Administration and the UC Merced SBDC Regional Network are sponsors of this event.

Small Business Development Centers can be valuable resources for a community, providing local, one-stop assistance, information, and guidance to individuals and small businesses in their efforts to create, expand, and retain small businesses. The centers bring together the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state, and local governments in a cooperative effort to boost entrepreneurial development.

Hartnellís center will provide one-on-one counseling, workshops, advice, and referrals to prospective and existing business owners.

The center is funded by grants from the Small Business Administration (through the University of California, Merced) and the California Community Colleges Chancellorís Office - Economic and Workforce Development Program.

For more information, please contact Mike Foudy, Dean of Workforce and Community Development at Hartnell, (831) 755-6800.