University of San Diego to Open Small Business Development Center

Monday, August 28, 2017TOPICS: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

San Diego, CA – Furthering innovation and sustainable economic development of the regional economy is the goal of a new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of San Diego.

Michael A. Vallante, Regional IX Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration will speak at the grand opening for the Center on Monday, Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m. in the Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre and the public is invited to attend. RSVP here to attend the free event.

“We are proud to launch the Center to serve small businesses and entrepreneurs in San Diego,” said Dr. Jaime Alonso Gómez, Dean of the USD School of Business. “This will be an exciting multi-disciplinary effort among USD’s School of Business, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, and Division of Professional and Continuing Education.”

USD faculty members, collaborating organizations, and other professionals will serve as mentors and technical experts for both start-ups and established technology-oriented companies, offering consulting on general business matters, financing and technology. The Center also will offer programs and events for mentoring, networking and training.

“The University of San Diego will be a great asset to innovation-focused small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region as the host for the Small Business Development Center,” said Marquise Jackson, Regional Director of the San Diego & Imperial SBCD Network. “This partnership will allow the SBDC Network to continue to promote entrepreneurship and create a thriving, globally competitive ecosystem here in San Diego.”

The new Center is part of USD’s mission to engage and partner with its communities as a proactive agent in generating sustainable and innovation-driven economic growth and social prosperity, while offering both students and the community the training, mentorship and mindset needed to launch successful businesses and social enterprises, both locally and around the world.

The University of San Diego SBDC is part of the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network and led by the regional office at Southwestern College. For more information, visit or contact Karolina Rzadkowolska at or 619-260-7539.


About San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network

The San Diego & Imperial Regional SBDC Network is funded in part by the U. S. Small Business Administration. The Network is hosted by the Southwestern Community College District. Network services are provided by the South San Diego SBDC Center in National City, the North San Diego SBDC Center in Oceanside, and the Imperial Valley SBDC Center in El Centro. For more information please visit


Karolina Rzadkowolska
(619) 260-7539