Dec. 16, 2013Vol. 44, Issue 2

Wells Fargo Gives $100,000 for Workshops

The Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a part of the Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank to support small-business workshops in Northeastern California.

The gift was made official during a Nov. 6 news conference on campus.

Geared toward small-business owners, the Advanced Small Business Financial Management workshops will help participants become more sophisticated borrowers and prepare them for growth and expansion, thus improving the area’s economic climate through job creation.

In addition to the workshops, small-business owners will also have access to one-on-one business consulting services and comparative financial analysis of their small business offered by a local Northeastern California SBDC office. 

Donald Terry, vice president and community development officer, Government and Community Relations for Wells Fargo & Co.; Dan Ripke, director, Northeastern California SBDC and Center for Economic Development; and Natasha Mata, Wells Fargo area president for the Four Rivers Market, were on hand for remarks.  

“Wells Fargo is committed to helping our customers and communities succeed financially,” Mata said. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Northeastern SBDC to help more small-business owners get the skills they need to start and grow their businesses.”

Ripke said Wells Fargo is a vital partner with the Northeastern California SBDC network, working closely with small-business owners interested in expanding into new markets, creating innovative products and growing their operations. The Northeastern California SBDC centers and staff look forward to working with Wells Fargo to help support regional entrepreneurs and small-business owners, he said.

The workshops will be held in regional Northeastern California SBDC offices in Sacramento, Yuba City, Chico and Redding, as well as additional outreach locations to be determined.

Learn more about the Center for Economic Development and the Northeastern California SBDC program here.

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