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Office of Community and Economic Development

Small Business University

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The Fresno State Small Business University assists existing businesses to be competitive in a complex marketplace and helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership.  The Fresno State Small Business University is an initiative administered by the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State that began services in May of 2018. We go above and beyond to provide business resources and the necessary tools that entrepreneurs need to start and/or grow their small business.


The  Small Business University also connects Fresno State students and community partners to foster an excellent service network for the small businesses and entrepreneurs in the San Joaquin Valley.  With oversight from SJV RDC staff, Fresno State student interns are matched with new or seasoned small business owners to help identify small business strategies and provide technical assistance in a variety of topics.

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› Cash Flow Management

› Funding Options

› Bookkeeping and Accounting

› Loan Application Assistance

› Financial Analysis and Projections

› Business Plan Development

› Business Start-Up Assistance

› Expansion and Growth

› Licensing and Permits

› Identifying Market Niches

› Advertising and Promotional Strategies

› Branding/Logo Design

› Marketing Plan Development

› Web design

› Pricing, Products and Services

› Social Media / Product Videos

› How to become an energy efficient business

› Energy efficient trends and new technology

› Funding opportunities for energy efficient upgrades

Subscribe to the Fresno State Small Business Development Center Youtube channel for informative videos that can help your small business!  


In 2018-2019, (July 2018 to June 2019) Fresno State Small Business University served 141 long-term clients and helped 21 entrepreneurs start their business. A total of 172 clients were counseled through 447 hours. Fresno State Small Business University helped create (80) and retain (36) jobs for a total of 116 jobs and assisted its clients in obtaining $1,865,325 of capital (loans/equity).   

Informative Data
# Data Elements Cumulative to Data Goal (Cumulative) % Goal Reached
1 Long Term Clients (since start of fiscal year) 141 100 141%
2 Bought/Started Business Milestones


25 84%
3 Total Clients Counseled 172 200 86%
4 Total Client Hours 447 500 89.4%
5 Jobs Created 80 100 80%
6 Jobs Retained  36 50 72%
7 Dollar Amount of Loans/Equity 1,865,325 2,000,000 93%

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