Small Business Development Center and Other Actions
Supervisor Cortese is proud to have worked on, along with his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, the development of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide present and potential small businesses with access to a wide variety of services. The County has long supported small businesses and conducts workshops and business summits on how small business owners can take advantage of contracting opportunities with the County. In San Jose, more than half of the businesses are owned by minorities and immigrants.
In celebration of National Small Business Week, the County hosts along with the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), the City of San José, Business Owner Space, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, and the Industry Council for Small Business Development the annual Small Business Summit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We are in our 8th year. The event includes practical business-building workshops, networking with key contacts, and resources for local small businesses.
In February 2019, the SBDC also opened the first Vietnamese small business center in the U.S. to support those business owners in their native languages.