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Monday, March 18, 2019


Ohlone College Awarded Alameda County Small Business Development Grant

Newark, Calif., March 18—The Ohlone Community College District has been awarded the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) program grant in the amount of $521,575 by the Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) fiscal agent, Humboldt State University.

“The goal is to greatly increase the availability of business expertise throughout the area,” says Kristin R. Johnson, Region Director of the Northern California SBDC.

The SBDC program grant provides support to the Alameda County region of small business entrepreneurs. Ohlone’s Tri-Cities Career Center will be hosting the ACSBDC program located at the Ohlone College Newark campus.

“We are pleased to be the recipient of the Alameda County SBDC program grant and to be its permanent home,” says Daniel Newell, Director of the Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center. “This collaboration provides the Career Center access to potential employers, providing jobs, internship, and freelance opportunities for students, alumni, and the public.”

The Career Center provides small business consulting and training opportunities that support economic development throughout Silicon Valley to students and to the public. Central to Ohlone’s plan is to offer business consulting and training in nine locations throughout Alameda County including Newark, Fremont, Hayward, Dublin, City of Alameda, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Castro Valley, and Oakland.

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center, led by Interim Program Director Margaret A. Jackson, will be located inside of the Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center. Jackson, a former lead advisor of the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center and a local business radio personality on AM 1220 KDOW Business & Finance radio, has agreed to spearhead and establish the Alameda County Small Business Development Center program into its new home at the career center.

"Having the program nestled inside of the Ohlone Community College Tri-Cities Career Center; is an appropriate progression and complimentary to the overall program. Student entrepreneurship continues to rise, and we are here to meet that demand,” says Margaret A. Jackson, Interim Program Director of the Alameda County Small Business Development Center.

To celebrate the new location and collaboration, Ohlone College and the SBDC will hold a community open house on Wednesday, March 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohlone College Career Center located at 39399 Cherry Street, Room 1211, Newark, CA 94539.

“The opportunity to champion small businesses is a serious responsibility; together with Ohlone College, our expert advisors, region support, and local partners, we can champion small businesses and the aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the entire Alameda County,” added Jackson. “No small business or aspiring entrepreneur will be left behind. We all win together."

For more information about Ohlone Community College, Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center, and the Alameda County Small Business Development Center visit www.ohlone.edu or www.acsbdc.org.

About Ohlone Community College District
The Ohlone Community College District is a multi-campus single community college district located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California. Serving almost 16,000 students per year, the District has its main campus in the City of Fremont and its sister campus in Newark, California. Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center is to change lives through innovation by connecting students to small business employers and the community to future career opportunities.

About Northern California Small Business Development Center
The Northern California Small Business Development Center is a nonprofit network made up of 18 centers dedicated to serving small businesses with varied aspects of business creation, growth, management, capital infusion, job creation, marketing, and operations.