For over 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses. As a Federation of worker-owned & democratically-managed small businesses, we highly appreciate the value of technical assistance and support for worker-owners, who are on the forefront of providing vital community services and products, while facing the enormous challenges of sustaining an enterprise during a time of compounding crises.
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs are in every community, illuminating the path forward for their clients with free advertising and affordable training for small business owners. SBDCs are leaders in job creation and economic growth – in 2021, SBDCs helped generate 71,399 jobs, $7.6B in sales growth, $6B in financing and started 18,691 new businesses. To celebrate the collective impact and success SBDCs have across the nation and in local communities each year, America’s SBDCs are hosting the sixth annual SBDC Day today, March 16th.
If you attended our latest Worker Co-op Policy Pulse, you know that our fellows from California and Colorado created projects focused in working with Small Business Development Centers. Check out the California team’s toolkit for SBDCs and Colorado’s worker co-op video resource for SBDCs.
How can Worker Co-ops utilize resources from their local Small Business Development Centers?
Use this tool to locate your nearest SBDC to schedule 1-1 advising, sign up for workshops & trainings and explore access to capital to grow your co-op.
To learn more about SBDC Day, follow the hashtag #SBDCDay and visit their celebration site.