published on October 22, 2018 - 8:41 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Lead Center office for the California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has made the move from Fresno to downtown Merced.

It was previously located at 550 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 100.

The office, which officially opened on Monday, was moved in order to increase support services to local businesses and be better connected with resources at the UC Merced campus, according to a news release.

Since 2003, the Central CA SBDC has assisted thousands of companies – ranging from start-ups to established firms – through professional and confidential consulting, with an area of coverage spanning 14 counties.

The efforts have helped create and retain more than 10,000 jobs and create $435 million in loans and equity.

Kurt Clark, a life-long Valley resident, was recently appointed as the executive director of the Central CA SBDC and has been involved with the network, previously serving for the past 15 years as the director of the Valley Sierra SBDC in Modesto.

“Like other cities in our region, Merced is home to many mission-driven small businesses and burgeoning venture startups. We’re proud to give them access to the consulting, training, and services they need to help them grow and succeed,” he said.

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