Our Technical Assistance Program assists small business entrepreneurs in starting or expanding their business. This program provides assistance to small business owners in developing their business plan step-by-step and answering many questions such as, what licenses/permits do your business need and how to obtain them and what financing opportunities are available. Whether you are looking to start a business or already have one, the Technical Assistance Program will address your business needs.
This program also helps build small business capacity through cost-free Small Business Development Workshops that are bi-lingual (English/Spanish) covering various topics that include business plan development, business law, insurance, marketing, and business banking among others. These workshops also include Small Business Lending and Financial Literacy workshops that help entrepreneurs understand the importance of financial management for their business and create awareness of the available opportunities in obtaining financing with the ultimate goal of preparing the business for a conventional business loan.
In addition, the Technical Assistance Program helps in other areas such as opportunities for import/export, introducing your product to new markets, and building your business network, and Small Business Certifications. These certifications help small businesses increase their opportunities to obtain federal, state, and local government contracts. We assist with small business certifications that include but are not limited to: Small Business (SB) Certification, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), State Minority Business Enterprise (SMBE), State Women Business Enterprise (SWBE), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE).
Most importantly, this program holds a business owner's hand during the fragile, start-up phase, and walks them through the initial process, which can be frightening to small business owners due to their lack of knowledge regarding government regulations, banking processes and many other hurdles of starting a new business. Approximately 95% of individuals assisted are low-to-moderate income.
Over 5,000 start-ups and existing businesses have received technical assistance through business development workshops and one-on-one counseling. Out of the 5,000 businesses assisted, approximately 2,800 are start-up businesses and 2,200 are existing businesses that have created/retained 12,200 jobs creating an economic impact of over $200 million.
Interested about learning more about this program or need assistance starting or expanding your business? Fill out the contact form below and someone from the team will follow up with you.