In addition, the CED has received a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to be the lead Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Sacramento Valley's five regional SBDC service centers. The five SBDC service centers provide services to strengthen the small business community network and promote economic growth within the 23-county service region in Northern California. The five SBDC service centers provide counseling and training to all small business populations.
The Center for Economic Development (CED) was founded in September 1986. Its purpose is to act as a lens to focus the resources of California State University, Chico and other institutions of higher education onto the issues and problems facing the communities of California.
The Center's founder, Dr. John Sanzone, understood the need for targeted technical assistance, particularly in Northern California, and this theme is continued under the current direction of Dan Ripke. The CED has also established partnerships with workforce development, STEM agencies (science, technology, engineering, & math), as well as green project coordinators.
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