Small Business Development Center Celebrates Grand Opening at UCI Applied Innovation

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June 22, 2018 By Jackie Connor

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) celebrated the grand opening of its latest technology-focused center at UCI Applied Innovation with a presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Cove @ UCI.

“Applied Innovation has always been a platform to support, encourage and provide resources to innovators and entrepreneurs affiliated with UCI,” said Richard Sudek, Applied Innovation executive director. “We are honored to be selected to host this Small Business Development Center as a means to further that vision and serve Orange County.”

SBDC @ UCI Applied Innovation provides no-cost confidential consulting in business development, funding and technology commercialization strategy. The program houses four award-winning, high-performing consultants with over 30 years of business experience.

“Our consultants are dedicated to helping high-growth ventures in technology, life science, med tech and med device business sectors from both the community and the UCI ecosystem,” said Julie Cranston, SBDC director.

Cranston was presented with several certificates of recognition from the Office of Assemblyman Steven S. Choi, as well as the Office of Assemblyman Matthew Harper and U.S. Representative Mimi Walters.

The presentation included an inspiring personal testimonial from Lori Torres, founder and chief executive officer of Parcel Pending, a package management solution system based in Irvine. Torres recalled Don Kasle, SBDC senior consultant, coaching throughout her startup journey and the benefits of SBDC program.

“With the help of SBDC, I was able to finalize a detailed plan and deck to raise money for Parcel Pending,” said Torres. “Their assistance helped me achieve my fundraising goal and ultimately grow my company.”

The event concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours around the Applied Innovation space.

Find out more information about SBDC @ UCI Applied Innovation here.

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