Napa Valley College gets business center

One of only seven in state; heightens ‘entrepreneurial spirit’

NORTH BAY – Napa Valley College is now home to one of only seven business and entrepreneurship centers in the state. These centers are funded through the chancellor’s office of the California Community Colleges and are staffed by a network of community college professionals.

These centers are working in strategic partnerships with businesses, industry and community organizations to identify and meet California's economic development needs in the areas of business improvements and entrepreneurship training. Specific attention is given to providing small-business assistance and encouraging youth entrepreneurship.

The Napa branch serves Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties, and will partner with the local small business development centers to provide resources to small businesses. Charlie Monahan, who formerly worked with the SBDC at Napa Valley College, is the program coordinator in Napa.

He said that because of these partnerships, SBDCs, which have been hit with serious cuts to their programs, will continue the work with small-business owners that they have been known for.

“They will be able to leverage their resources by partnering with us,” he said.

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