Small Business Assistance, Youth Entrepreneurship
Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) is an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, investing funding and resources in Small Business.
You may tap our many resources and services in two ways.
#1 Become a Doing What Matters Business Partner: If you are interested in advising our regional teams about how to leverage funding and design curriculum to meet the needs of small business, contact our Sector Navigator below.
#2 Tap into our Small Business Services: EWD's industry-specific workforce services are coordinated by Deputy Sector Navigators who align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors that result in highly specialized industry training, technical consulting and business development. Small businesses can access the Business Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) Initiative that is dedicated to serving California's small businesses with innovative solutions that are unique and customized to your organization's mission. With specific encouragement to youth entrepreneurship, the BEC works with private, public and non-profit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful businesses. The end result is wealth creation, job creation and retention and better economic health in California. By partnering with local, well-respected business growth organizations and community colleges, the BEC and the entrepreneurs they serve can tap into an abundance of resources and know-how already in place, thereby enhancing the long-term growth and viability of these companies.
Strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in California by encouraging young people to engage in entrepreneurship as a legitimate lifetime career path.
Assist with regional and statewide efforts to increase the success of business through partnerships and collaborations with industry, education and government.
Expand entrepreneurship curriculum across community college campuses.
The BEC supports local economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, community-based business outreach centers and other community-based organizations whose primary mission is to assist small businesses. Centers are strategically placed throughout California to serve you.
BEC Website: http://buildcalifornia.org
A California Community Colleges program
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
2100 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
David Teasdale, Director