Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Economic Impact Results - Summary of Chrisman Study

2006-2007 Chrisman Study
Study was based on clients that received 5+ hours of counseling during 2006-2007

  • 156 firms surveyed; 92 established firms and 54 preventure firms
  • 35.3% response rate to the mailed survey
  • 91% of respondents said that services received were beneficial
  • 94% of the responding established businesses indicated they would recommend the SBDC services to others
  • Long-term counseling clients (5+ hours) generated an estimated return of $5.23 for every tax dollar invested by the SBDC assisting those clients
  • SBDC clients’ sales grew faster 3.3 times faster
    Small businesses that received in-depth SBDC assistance experienced sales growth of 12.4% in 2006-07, compared to 3.8% for California businesses in general.
  • SBDC clients created 8 times more jobs
    Small businesses that received in-depth SBDC assistance in 2006-07 experienced over 8.6 times the job growth of average California businesses (9.1% compared to 1.1% for California businesses in general)

California-Merced SBDC makes an important contribution to the economic development of the State of California!

Estimates indicate that our SBDC clients added $7.2 million in incremental sales and 132 new jobs to the state. Furthermore, an additional $17.3 million in sales and 468 jobs were saved because of the UC Merced’s SBDC contribution.

America's Small Business Development Center Network

America's Small Business Development Center Network is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.

In short, your success is our business.Hosted by leading universities, colleges, and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 service centers are available to provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training.

For more information and links to small business resources, check out the ASBDC website at:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Small Business Resources - Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) have formed a new public-private partnership focused on leveraging best practices in entrepreneurial leadership to advance economic growth around the world.The goal of this partnership is to assist all nations in developing the environment to allow entrepreneurs to organize and operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people.

Small Business Resources - James J. Hill Reference Library

The James J. Hill Reference Library is a private non-profit business reference library, located in Saint Paul, MN. Since 1921, the Hill Library has housed a world-class collection of practical business information resources and is considered one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country. It was founded by one of the nation's true business pioneers, James J. Hill, in order to provide others with relevant and credible information.

Small Business Resources - SBDCNet

The mission of the Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet) is to meet the information needs of the SBDC community in the United States and its territories. SBDCNET serves as a resource providing timely, relevant research, web-based information, and training to SBDC counselors and their small business clients.

The goals of SBDCNet are to:

  • Support the SBDC Counselor with research and relevant analyses.

  • Empower the entrepreneur with business information.

  • Educate through on-site training and distance learning.

  • Facilitate the exchange of SBDC best practices and program ideas.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Where Are We?

The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network is a partnership between UC Merced and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Find a location nearest you:

UC Merced SBDC Regional Network Workshops

Please check out our small business workshops throughout Central California!