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Imperial Valley SBDC Specializes in…

Our SBDC advisors are proven experts in their fields and dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed.

New business start, a specialty of the Imperial Valley SBDC

New Business Starts

Launch and expand your business ideas with help every step of the way.

New business start, a specialty of the Imperial Valley SBDC

Rural Outreach

Receive assistance from experts who know how to structure rural business operations.

Business strategies, a specialty of the Imperial Valley SBDC

Business Strategy

We can help you prepare and manage a strategic plan including major goals and initiatives.

Assistance Available in the Following Languages

We strive to offer SBDC services in languages that will best serve our clients in the Imperial County area.

Consulting Areas at the Imperial Valley SBDC

Our consulting specialities offer a wide variety of services to help you gain knowledge and achieve success in areas ranging from business planning and operations to management and funding.


Our Clients Say

Roanna Canete, Owner of The Gluten Free Baking Company, A Success Story from the San Diego Small Business Development Center Network

“The SBDC’s ongoing support has been nothing short of life-saving! Just a phone call away – they give me the courage to pursue my dreams, knowing there is nothing I can’t do with this incredible team on my side.”

Roanna Canete, Owner, The Gluten Free Baking Company
Farooq Anjum, Co-Founder & CTO of GroGuru Inc.
“The Brink SBDC is providing an invaluable service to entrepreneurs by giving guidance and providing connections to both investors and customers. Events such as the San Diego Angel Conference are the icing on the cake, which spreads the spirit of entrepreneurship in the community by bringing entrepreneurs and new investors together, and resulted in an investment of over $100,000 for our company.”
Farooq Anjum, Co-Founder/CTO, GroGuru Inc
Gayle McEnroe, President of Urethane Masters
“We moved our company to San Diego from Minnesota, and the SBDC gave us instant access to a huge network of contacts that led to obtaining our startup capital and making other crucial connections. Being the “new guy in town” is never easy, but with their help, we hit the ground running”
Gayle McEnroe, President, Urethane Masters
Nahid Razi, Founder/CEO of AccuData

“The Brink SBDC and Dr. Martin Kleckner have been invaluable in the success and progress of AccuDava. They dedicated many hours to reviewing and giving advice on our SBIR grant application to the National Cancer Institute, which was successfully awarded $300,000. Their unconditional support continued with extreme efforts that helped us with a $50,000 NIH I-corps grant, which resulted in additional NCI grant funding of $150,000 to extend our diagnostic test application to non-small cell lung cancer.”

Nahid Razi, Founder/CEO, AccuDava

Our Team at the Imperial Valley SBDC

Our team in the Imperial Valley is dedicated to empowering your small business.

Our business advisors at the Imperial Valley SBDC are highly skilled in their fields and industries as well as knowledgeable in specific business topics.

Mayra Cortes, North San Diego SBDC

Mayra Cortes


Bilingual business professional, entrepreneur, innovator

Mayra Cortes


Mayra is a business professional, entrepreneur, and innovation agent with diverse experience in training and development, instructional design, public relations, branding, digital marketing, marketing strategy, and consulting with organizations ranging from start-ups to medium-size businesses – as well as works in different industries including manufacturing, construction, finance, technology, and beauty. Driven by a desire to help organizations and individuals reach their highest potential, Mayra is a skilled trainer, coach, and consultant. Her strength is in driving process improvement, project management, and thoroughly enjoying creating solutions to challenges, with a service-minded approach. As a consultant, she draws on her extensive industry experience to analyze existing business problems and assist individuals in developing sound business plans and strategies which are designed to amplify the bottom line and create a thriving workplace. Mayra holds a bachelor's in public relations along with many certifications in business and people development. She also speaks Spanish.

From 2015-2020, the San Diego & Imperial SBDC team helped strengthen our regional small businesses.


Imperial Valley SBDC Location

The Imperial Valley SBDC is located in Imperial, California within the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, our host facility, and part of the Imperial Regional Alliance.

Due to precautionary measures, no in-person appointments are occurring or being scheduled. One-on-one appointments online or via phone are being provided during this time. Reach out to schedule your appointment.

2415 Imperial Business Parkway, Suite A
Imperial, CA 92251
(760) 312-9800


We are grateful to the sponsors who have continued to support SBDC programs and entrepreneurs across San Diego and Imperial counties.

Workshops & Trainings

The SBDC offers training workshops on topics such as starting your business, financing your business, operations, marketing, and much more.