The San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center at Fresno State (SJV RDC) has launched a new initiative that assists existing businesses to be competitive in a complex marketplace and help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership.  Fresno State Small Business University, the name of the new initiative administered by the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State began services May 2018. Fresno State Small Business University provides business resources and the necessary tools that entrepreneurs need to start and/or grow their small business.

Fresno State Small Business University’s platform is supported by Fresno State students and community partners serving small businesses and entrepreneurs in the San Joaquin Valley.  With oversight from SJV RDC staff, Fresno State student interns are matched with new or existing small business owners to help identify small business strategies and provide technical assistance in a variety of topics.




› 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


Resource workshops are free to the public, but individualized technical assistance may include a nominal fee.  Please call for more information about specific program fees.  559.278-0542.

*Fresno State Small Business University is an initiative of the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center administered by the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State.