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Donation Allows SBDC To Expand Antelope Valley Operations

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Donation Sparks Business Development Operations In Antelope Valley.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons has received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo to help fund the SBDC's lineup of business consulting and training services offered to small business owners throughout the Antelope Valley.

As a result of the donation, SBDC officials have been able to draw upon an additional $10,000 in matched federal funding that will allow the SBDC to continue to expand its services in the area.

"We are very pleased to receive this financial sponsorship from Wells Fargo," said Steve Tannehill, Director of the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons. "This partnership - which brings together the resources of the nation's number one small business lender and Los Angeles county's top-performing team of SBDC business advisors - will help hundreds of Antelope Valley's small business owners receive the assistance they need to meet the challenge's of today's business environment."

Based on the notion that local economies thrive when small businesses thrive, in 2009 a partnership was established between the SBDC, Wells Fargo, the Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT) and the City of Lancaster to bring increased consulting and training services to entrepreneurs throughout Antelope Valley.

Through these partnerships, the SBDC serves as the core source of workshop trainers and business advisors, while Wells Fargo and the AVBOT provide the use of their facilities to host the SBDC's lineup of low-cost workshops and no-cost counseling services.

"In the Antelope Valley we want to be known for outstanding service and sound financial advice, satisfying all of our customers' financial needs," said Kathie Voss, Vice President and District Manager of Wells Fargo Antelope Valley. "We are excited to partner with the SBDC, AVBOT and the City of Lancaster to promote the economic advancement of everyone in our community."

As part of the partnership SBDC business advisors regularly host workshops and seminars with topics including:

• Business start-up and expansion

• Business plan development

• How to obtain financing for your business

• Increasing sales for existing businesses

SBDC business training workshops are conducted at the Lancaster Wells Fargo branch training facilities located at Wells Fargo Training Room, 802 West Lancaster Blvd., in Lancaster. Business consulting sessions are held at the AVBOT offices located at 548 West Lancaster Blvd., Suite 103, in Lancaster.

The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006 and serves the Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and San Fernando Valleys. SBDC business advisors assist prospective and existing small business owners in starting, retaining or expanding their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community.

For more information about the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons or the lineup of available services in Antelope Valley contact the SBDC at (661) 362-5900 or visit www.cocsbdc.com.