Fresno State Small Business University

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.

Small Business University can assist you in a wide variety of topics, including those listed below! We also offer Workshops and Trainings throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Contact us for more information or to set up a meeting with our Program Coordinator 559-278-0718

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

› Cash Flow Management

› Funding Options

› Bookkeeping and Accounting

› Loan Application Assistance

› Financial Analysis and Projections

BUSINESS PLANNING & MANAGEMENT

› Business Plan Development

› Business Start-Up Assistance

› Expansion and Growth

› Licensing and Permits

MARKETING

› Identifying Market Niches

› Advertising and Promotional Strategies

› Branding/Logo Design

› Marketing Plan Development

› Web design

› Pricing, Products and Services

› Social Media / Product Videos

ENERGY EFFICIENT BUSINESS

› 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.  559.278.0718.

*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.

 

Video Resources for Small Businesses

We are in uncertain times as COVID-19 disrupts business as usual. Many businesses have closed their doors, others operate at half capacity, unable to keep up with their bills. The SBA disaster loan is created to assist your business to get through this difficult time. Fresno State Small Business Development Center has partnered with SBA to put together an English and Spanish webinar explaining the SBA disaster loan.

This video is designed to give you some quick information on website development and social media marketing for small businesses.

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