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Small Business Center Opens

Sonora, CA– The Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority now has a Small Business Center.

According to Economic Development Director Larry Cope, the center located within the TCEDA office, will provide a private meeting and a conference training room for business consultants from the Business Alliance of Tuolumne County and other partners.

The Business Alliance of Tuolumne County was formed in March of 2010 to streamline business consulting services for four agencies in Tuolumne County, and to provide one centralized phone number and website. The partners of the Business Alliance are the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, SCORE Chapter 596, and the Alliance SBDC.


AT & T recently awarded the Economic Prosperity Council, the nonprofit arm of the TCEDA, with a $10,000 contribution to purchase ten laptop computers and business software. This new Center, along with the ten new laptops, will be available for hands-on computer training for small business owners and entrepreneurs.


Services at the Small Business Center are free of charge to small business owners, startups, and entrepreneurs. Some of the services include assistance in writing business and marketing plans, help with financing, human resources, website development and bookkeeping.


“There was a real need for professional office space for confidential client meetings,” said Cope. “Office space for consultants to meet with their clients was extremely limited, so this new small business center will solve that problem.”


Through the Business Alliance, four business consultants from the Alliance SBDC, and over 13 active SCORE consultants met with 350 new small business clients in 2010.


Written by tina.falco@mlode.com