Local Resources - Assemblyman Garcia, AD56

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
GO-Biz serves as a one-stop resource for information on business development and services. Working through a network of local and regional economic development entities, GO-Biz can assist businesses with a range of issues from starting a business, identifying permit requirements, and reaching potential customers in foreign markets.

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
1325 J Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (877) 345-4633

Small Business Administration District Offices
SBA's District Offices are responsible for the delivery of a range of federal programs and services including marketing information, customized referral to other business resources, and accessing capital. General website: https://www.sba.gov/ and local assistance website: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

Santa Ana District Office (serving the Coachella Valley and the City of Blyth)
200 W Santa Ana Blvd Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714-550-7420 / TDD 800-877-8339

  • Lender Relations Specialist Stephen Leung is available to assist business owners attempting to obtain financing. 714-560-7450 or Email stephen.leung@sba.gov
  • Veterans Business Development Officer Doug Dare is available to assist military veterans.

714-560-7467 or e-mail douglas.dare@sba.gov

San Diego District Office (serving Imperial County)
550 West C Street Suite 550
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-557-7250 or 619-727-4883

  • Lender Relations Specialist Maria Hughes is available to assist business owners attempting to obtain financing. 619-727-4871 or maria.hughes@sba.gov
  • Veterans Business Development Officer Maria Hughes is also available to assist military veterans. 619-727-4871 or maria.hughes@sba.gov

SCORE – Business Mentoring
SCORE is a national network of over 14,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives who volunteer as mentors to America's small businesses.

Coachella Valley SCORE Chapter
43-100 Cook St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211

SCORE Imperial Valley (service by appointment)
1850 W. Main St., Ste. C
El Centro, CA 92243
760-337-2692 (leave a message for assistance)
www.sandiego.score.org/mentors (online workshops)

Small Business Development Centers
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) management and technical assistance network offers free one-on-one expert business advice and low-cost training by qualified small business professionals to existing and future entrepreneurs. In addition to its core services, the SBDC program offers special focus areas such as green business technology, disaster recovery and preparedness, international trade assistance, veteran's assistance, technology transfer and regulatory compliance. Local assistance website:

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) SBDC
3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tritech SBDC – Specialized Assistance for Tech-based Companies
Main Office
1650 Spruce St., Ste. 500
Riverside, CA 92507

Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (IVSBDC)
1850 W. Main St., Ste. C
El Centro, CA 92243
Director: Carlos E. Figari
760-312-9800 or email:

Women's Business Centers
The Women Business Center program delivers business training, coaching, mentoring and other assistance geared toward women, particularly those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Local assistance website:

Coachella Valley Women's Business Center
(serves the Coachella Valley) (serves Imperial County)
77-806 Flora Rd., Ste. C
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Inland Empire Women's Business Center
3780 Market Street 
Riverside, CA 92501
(909) 890-1242

Veteran Business Outreach Center
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOC) delivers entrepreneurial development services to eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. There is only one VBOC in California.

Veterans Business Outreach Center IX
4808 Duckhorn Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834

Office of Native American Affairs, Small Business Administration
The Office of Native American Affairs mission provides on-line and on-site training and counseling services to assist Native Americans start and grow businesses. The Office also engages in numerous outreach activities, such as tribal consultations, development and distribution of educational materials, attendance and participation in economic development events. http://www.nativesmallbusiness.org/index.html

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), designated by the federal Department of Defense, offer training on how to contract with federal, state, and local governments. Local assistance website:

American Indian Chamber Education Fund (serves Native American entrepreneurs statewide)
The American Indian Chamber is a designated 555 West Fifth Street, 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Riverside Community College District Regional PTAC (serves the Coachella Valley)
152 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 571-6472

San Diego County Regional PTAC (serves Imperial County)
4007 Camino del Rio South, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92108-4189
(619) 285-7020

U.S. Export Assistance Center
Each U.S. Export Assistance Center is staffed by trade specialists from the SBA, Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations. Their mission is to provide technical assistance to help small and medium sized businesses compete in today's global marketplace. Local assistance website: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

Indio / Cabazon U.S. Export Assistance Center (serves the Coachella Valley)
44-199 Monroe St., Suite B #308
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: 760-342-1310

San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center (serves Imperial County)
9449 Balboa Avenue Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-467-7033

Financial Development Corporations
The Small Business Financial Development Corporations (FDCs), designated by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, offer a range of financial products from loan guarantees to direct loans. Many FDCs are also certified to offer financial services from federal programs, as well. Local assistance website: http://business.ca.gov/Programs/SmallBusiness/FinancialDevelopmentCorporationPrograms.aspx

Hancock Small Business Financial Development Corporation (serves the Coachella Valley)
Edward H. Lee, President
4022 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Phone: 323-933-4311

California Southern Small Business Development Corporation (serves Imperial County)
Kurt Chilcott, President & CEO
2825 Dewey Road
Building 202, Suite 205
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 800-611-5170