Small Business

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.

Small Business Website:

Small Business

A California Community Colleges program

Contact Information

Sector Navigator

Statewide Sector Navigator

Charles Eason
Phone: 707-863-7846

Doing What MATTERS for Business & Industry
Deputy Sector Navigator

Deputy Sector Navigators

Region A
Northern Inland
Northern Coastal
Greater Sacramento

Darren Gurney
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Shasta College
2990 Innsbruck Drive
Redding, CA 96003
Phone: 530-242-7635

Indria Gillespie (Sacramento)
Phone: 530-661-5708

Region B
SF/San Mateo, Silicon Valley,
Santa Cruz/Monterey



East Bay, North Bay

Alex Kramer
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-479-6330

Cathy Balach
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Napa Valley College
1556 First Street, Suite 103
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707-538-8133

Region C
Central Valley
Mother Lode

Lorinda Forrest
Office: 209-481-9605
Cell: 209-768-5416

Region D
South Central Coast

John Cascamo, Dean - Cuesta College (Interim)
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Cuesta College
P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Phone: 805-546-3973

Region E
San Diego/Imperial

Joe Molina
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at MiraCosta College
1823 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-795-8742

Region F
Inland Empire Desert

Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy
Phone: 760-954-5334

Region G
Los Angeles

Orange County

Doris Driver
Phone: 818-915-8135

Elizabeth Arteaga
Business & Entrepreneurship Center
at Rancho Santiago CCD
2323 North Broadway, Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-564-5202

Business & Entrepreneurship Center
Kern CCD
2100 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
David Teasdale, Director
Phone: 661-336-5011