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Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center 

The Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center in Santa Barbara provides free consulting and training for new and expanding business ventures, as well as classes, workshops and training sessions. The center is part of the Ventura County EDC-SBDC, the Los Angeles Regional Network and the national Small Business Administration.

Santa Maria Economic Development Commission 

The website for the Santa Maria Economic Development Commission has useful links such as “How to Really Start Your Business,” “10 Good Reasons to Expand or Relocate Your Company to Santa Maria, CA” and “8 of Santa Maria’s Most Dynamic Manufacturing Companies.”

Service Corps of Retired Executives 

Santa Barbara has a SCORE chapter (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, which provides professional consulting and information to small businesses through seminars, workshops, publications and one-on-one advice.

Women’s Economic Ventures 

Women in business in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties can get help from Women’s Economic Ventures, a Women’s Business Center that gets its funding from the federal Small Business Administration. So far, WEV has helped more than 4,000 small businesses get on their feet or expand, and these businesses have created more than 8,700 jobs. The organization has provided more than $4 million to local businesses.

Small Business Resources 

Learn the steps to start and grow a small business at’s Small Business website. The platform features hand-picked government websites helpful to small business owners. Learn about business taxes and incentives, financing a business, importing and exporting, federal government contracting, state business resources and more. The website also provides information on a wide range of programs and services to help veterans, women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged start or grow a business.


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