Business Advisory Services

The COC SBDC provides free, 1-on-1 business consulting engagements with professional Business Advisors on all business issues including business expansion and start-up, marketing and sales tactics, business plan development, international trade –import/export assistance, logistics, manufacturing, financing resources, access to capital/loan packaging, finance and accounting, HR, legal issues, web site design and development, e-commerce and more.

YEP – Young Entrepreneurs Program

The COC SBDC offers a special and unique program – the Young Entrepreneurs Program or YEP.
YEP provides a unique combination of trainings and seminars aimed at young people between the ages of 14-27. YEP is diverse in its outreach and delivery methods, with websites, social networking sites, virtual reality games, youth-oriented trainers and business simulation products all designed to teach business management, finance, marketing, sales and e-commerce skills in a way that is appropriate for young entrepreneurs.

YEP’s goal is to increase the awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable career option for young people. Through YEP projects, students will learn business skills and develop an increased understanding of not only what it takes to be self-employed, but also what it takes to be a great employee. They’ll also learn about the importance of education, develop life management and problem solving skills and learn valuable lessons directly from successful young entrepreneurs. Please see our calendar for dates for upcoming YEP! activities.

Join our the YEP Facebook group by sending a friend request to “SBDC YEP”

Center for International Trade Development (CITD)

In January, 2012 College of the Canyons received approval to establish a Center for International Trade Development (CITD) on the college’s Valencia campus. This program will operate as part of the SBDC, opening the doors for the SBDC and its team of advisors to begin providing resources, trainings, expert business advice and consulting services in the areas of international trade.  The CITD program was established to help promote the state’s high capacity for international trade competitiveness, assist exporter/importers excel in the international market and continually advance the state’s economic and job growth.  As one of nine offices located across the state, the CITD @ COC has access to a full range of either free or low cost trade assistance services to both companies and individuals looking to expand their international business presence. For more information please contact the CITD via email at [email protected];  or via phone at 661.362.5900.

I3 Advanced Technology Incubator (ATI)

A component of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons, the I3 Advanced Technology Incubator program nurtures technology-based start-up companies by offering access to a wide range of support services focused on each client’s long-term success. The support services are coordinated with, and supplement the business advisory services offered by the SBDC. Participation in the I3 Advanced Technology Incubator is by application only. For more information please contact John Peate, ATI Program Leader by emailing him at [email protected], calling the Advanced Technology Incubator at (661) 362-3241 or visiting the website at

Entertainment & Arts Industry Initiative (EAII)

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received a special fund to provide business support services focused on the unique needs of businesses in the Entertainment and Arts Industry. Advisors with expertise in the industry are available to help you address your unique needs. If your business is part of “the industry”, please call the SBDC for special assistance. You can reach the SBDC @ [email protected] or by calling 661.362.5900.


The COC SBDC offers a wide variety of low or no cost trainings to help nascent and existing small businesses with issues they face. Our QuickBooks training is especially popular amongst small entrepreneurs. See our calendar for upcoming trainings