Training & Professional Development

Training & Professional Development

ABA partners with a number of public agencies, organizationa and private companies to offer outstanding educational opportunities for members, particularly small business owners. Programs change regularly so come back to find out if one or more of these opportunities is right for you. 

SBA Business Gateway

SBA’s Business Gateway Program announced today the launch of a new Web initiative – – the first government-sponsored online community built specifically for small businesses.   The objective of the Community supports the White House’s mission to create a transparent and connected democracy, and aims to provide small business owners, bloggers, and the government with a place to discuss and share information about starting and running a successful business.  An extension of, the Community combines discussion forums, blogs, an idea exchange, and more, and offers advanced tools for navigating the labyrinth of government resources, policies, laws, and opportunities that impact the small business owner.

Over the next few months, the Community will expand to include additional features and resources that address specific user interests and provide access to the wider pool of government and partner resources available to the small business owner. (Source:  U.S. Small Business Administration, March 2009)

Contact information:
Phone: 800-827-5722

Women's Business Center of California (WBCC)

The Women's Business Center of California (WBCC) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to assisting entrepreneurs starting, expanding, or enhancing small businesses in San Diego County. Its vision is to educate, mentor, and cultivate entrepreneurial women and men of socially, ethnically, and economically diverse backgrounds by providing access to information and resources and the support necessary to create and sustain businesses.

The WBCC hosts roundtable discussions, informational seminars, hands-on workshops; provides individual advising, support by mentoring, empowerment through education; offers networking, special events, and comprehensive programs. The WBCC offers free resources, tools, and information on various topics available online.

Contact Information: 
Phone: 800-477-5210

SCORE San Diego

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business," is America's premier source of free small business advice for entrepreneurs. SCORE is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the success of small businesses.

SCORE counselors provide free and confidential business counseling to both prospective entrepreneurs and existing small business owners throughout San Diego County. They also conduct a variety of low-cost workshops that address many of the essential techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.

SCORE San Diego is part of a national association which serves as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors. To obtain SCORE's business-plan templates and samples of plans and financial statements, click here.

Contact Information: 
550 West C Street, Suite 550, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-557-7272
Fax: 619-557-2638

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Office of Small Business Development Centers provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services.

To view the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) District Office training calendar, click here. For information on how to develop a business plan, click here.

Contact Information: 
Phone: 619-482-6388
Fax: 619-482-6402

San Diego County Water Authority

The Water Authority is dedicated to increasing small business opportunities. It offers a small business skills training program designed to help small businesses succeed in bidding, securing, and performing on Water Authority contracts. Their specialized training focuses on essential skills necessary for doing business in the public contracting arena.  

Contact Information:
Phone: 888-20-SCOOP