Selma Small Business
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The Selma Small Business Support Center (SBSC)
is an economic development program designed to empower and increase
the entrepreneurial capacities of the socially and economically diverse
people of the City of Selma. The SBSC strengthens the community's economy
by providing valuable resources and information to local entrepreneurs and small
business owners. The SBSC offers seminars on various topics including Web Development,
Marketing and Information Security, networking opportunities, referrals to professional
services such as attorneys, accountants, and loan officers, business plan consulting,
loans designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and more.
A Business Incubator Without Walls
A traditional business incubator usually provides an affordable physical
location, shared office services, and business development assistance to new or formerly
home-based businesses. All of these services are offered in an effort to foster a strong
setting for new business growth. The SBSC program is "an incubator without walls".
It provides participating businesses with many of the same advantages as a traditional
business incubator, without sharing the same building. This allows those businesses to continue
operating in their present location, while deriving some of the same benefits associated
with a traditional incubator.
Small Businesses Are Important
Many economic development experts are convinced that the fastest way to
increase jobs and strengthen a community’s economy is to encourage local entrepreneurs.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), “small businesses are the engine
that drives our economy.” Small businesses employ about half of our entire work force.
They provide more than half of the nation’s private gross domestic product and are the primary
creators of new jobs. Nearly 80 percent of the new jobs created in the past six years were
created by small business. Even though small business is the engine that drives our economy, the SBA
reported that, “the failure rate for new small business in their first five years is 80 percent.”
Although some experts believe that this figure is too high, it is clear that starting a new business is
risky. The SBSC can help to reduce that risk. You can contact the SBSC by phone, email, or a visit to the office to learn
more about how this center can be a resource for your business.
City of Selma Economic Development Department
The SBSC office is located at 1710 Tucker Street, Selma, CA 93662
Monday thru Friday 8:00AM to 5:00 PM. special hours by appointment
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Direct technical assistance and business plan creation
Offers guidebooks and examples of business plans, directs businesses to examples online, and can review potential
Access to loans and financing
The USDA Revolving Loan Fund is offered to local area small businesses looking to expand or start-up businesses.
This loan program makes micro loans that are usually available for one to two percentage points above the prime
rate. The SBSC also directs clients to other loan programs depending on the use of funds.
Business workshops, trainings and seminars
The SBSC hosts various workshops and seminars designed to develop Selma area small businesses. Past events
include seminars on Marketing for Small Businesses, Small Business Taxes, Information Security, and QuickBooks.
SBSC works with the Selma Chamber of Commerce. Through the Chamber of Commerce, local business owners have the
opportunity to meet with other local business owners and have the latest resources available to them.
The SBSC identifies other organizations that promote small businesses including the U.S. Small Business
Administration, SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business), and various websites for small businesses and
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view all organizations.