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EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR Program established by the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. The purpose of this Act was to strengthen the role of small businesses in federally funded R&D and help develop a stronger national base for technical innovation.

Other SBIR websites

Jeff Newman
Office of Strategic Technology
California Trade and Commerce Agency
200 E. Del Mar Boulevard, Suite 204
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: 818-568-9437
Fax: 818-568-9962

The Office of Strategic Technology (OST) -- of the California Trade and Commerce Agency

OST aids the development, application, and commercialization of technology for the purpose of creating jobs, responding to industry changes, and fostering competitiveness. OST is responsible for technology transfer programs that provide a cash match to leverage private and federal dollars for technology development and commercialization. The primary focus of the OST is on defense industry conversion. To this end, the OST manages the Gold Strike Partnership which consists of a network of Regional Technology Alliances (RTA). The three RTAs—the Bay Area RTA, the Los Angeles RTA, and the San Diego RTA—are industry-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit partnerships among the private sector, the nonprofit sector, and state and federal agencies. The RTAs formulate and direct regionally significant industry-driven initiatives for technology-based economic development and provide infrastructure and seek funding from various sources (including matching grants from California) for related projects. The Gold Strike Partnership focuses on several specific industry cluster technologies, including environmental technology.

California Environmental Business Council

1830 Bering Drive, #22
San Jose, CA 95112-4212
Tel: 408-436-7686
Fax: 408-436-7688

The California Environmental Business Council, Inc. (CEBC) is a nonprofit trade and business association representing California’s environmental technology and services industry on a state, national, and international level.

Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at San Diego City College


The Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT-SD) is a regional advanced technology center (one of eight) designated by the state of California. Its charge is to help area manufacturers remain competitive by providing customized consulting and implementing process and management improvements for manufacturing programs. The CACT-SD uses its database of professional and technical experts to provide access to resources for technology development, as well as assistance with technical training, computer integration, shop floor management, and other areas.

California Environmental Technology Center

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California—San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, 0241
La Jolla, CA 92093-0241
Tel: 619-534-8400
Fax: 619-534-8270

The California Environmental Technology Center (CETC) is a partnership between the California Environmental Protection Agency and the University of California—San Diego. CETC acts as a catalyst in facilitating the development of environmental technologies. It is a statewide organization that serves the entire environmental community by supporting a number of initiatives: (1) environmental research, development, demonstration, and commercialization projects; (2) developing basic and applied research programs in support of environmental technology for sustainable development; (3) developing and implementing technology transfer and commercialization services to the environmental technology industry; and (4) identifying potential sources of state, federal, and private sector support for environmental technology initiatives.

Jim Robbins
Environmental Business Cluster
1830 Bering Drive, #13
San Jose, CA 95113
Tel: 408-452-1621
Fax: 408-437-5670

The Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) is an environmental business incubator designed to provide the necessary support services for start-up environmental businesses. EBC provides low-cost space, furnishings, and assistance to environmental entrepreneurs. EBC also provides networking opportunities that entrepreneurs might not otherwise have.


Mail Code 0176
9600 N. Torrey Pines
La Jolla, CA 92093-0176
Tel: 619-534-6114
Fax: 619-552-0649

CONNECT is part of the Program in Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of California—San Diego (UCSD). CONNECT targets technology companies involved in telecommunications, multimedia, high technology, biotechnology, biomedical, and environmental concerns. Its goals are to link these technology entrepreneurs with the resources required for success and provide access to government officials. CONNECT coordinates links with resources for financing, marketing, management, partners, and other support services. CONNECT has a two-tier membership structure. Companies that are currently developing new technologies or conducting scientific research may join CONNECT as members; organizations, firms, and companies that provide services to the technology industry may join as sponsors. Member annual fees range from $100 to $2,500 depending on the number of employees and amount of revenue generated. The annual fee for all sponsors is $2,500.

Small Business Institute -- California State University

Los Angeles, CA 90032
Tel: 213-343-2972
Fax: 213-343-2972

The Small Business Institute (SBI), part of the SBA Program, provides confidential business assistance to small businesses at no cost. Assistance is provided by upper-division undergraduate and graduate students who are supervised by faculty with business disciplines. This SBI has completed more than 500 cases and has received district, regional, and national awards from SBA recognizing its consulting services.


University Tower, Suite 240
4199 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Tel: 714-509-2990
Fax: 714-509-2997

The ACCELERATE Technology SBDC (ACCELERATE) is partially funded by the California Trade and Commerce Agency and the SBA. ACCELERATE offers business assistance including: business counseling, technical assistance, education programs, university and business linkages funding assistance, and referrals to experts. Complimentary business counseling services are limited to prequalified California high growth and high technology firms. ACCELERATE’s entrepreneur training events encompass business training, seminars, and presentations by successful entrepreneurs. The training events are offered to the general public for a nominal fee.

Two specific programs include:
  • Technology Showcase—ACCELERATE presents an annual 1-day technology showcase in which developers of innovative technologies have the opportunity to exhibit their investment opportunities to an audience of more than 200 potential investors and other resources.
  • Pacific Venture Capital Network (PACNET)—PACNET is a nonprofit confidential computerized entrepreneur/investor matchmaking system.
It is managed by the Program in Innovation and New Ventures at the University of California—Irvine. It allows investors to examine opportunities to invest in entrepreneurial ventures, and it provides entrepreneurs with a mechanism of outreach to potential investors. Investors are required to submit an Investment Interest Profile and entrepreneurs must submit an Investment Opportunity Profile, as well as a business plan executive summary and financial projections. A fee is charged for each profile submitted (PACNET does not receive any additional remuneration as a result of entrepreneur/investor negotiations). In addition, entrepreneurs are charged a 6-month registration fee of $250; investors are charged a 1-year registration fee of $200 for U.S. and $500 for overseas individual investors, or $500 for U.S. and $1,000 for overseas venture capital fund/corporate and institutional investors. Although PACNET does not limit its services geographically, it is geared toward California-based new businesses.

California SBDC (Lead SBDC)

California Trade and Commerce Agency
Christine McCaleb, Acting State Director
801 K Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-322-0089
Fax: 916-322-5084

Irvine, CA
Tel: 714-509-2990
Fax: 714-509-2997

Alpine County SBDC Outreach Center
Markleeville, CA
Tel: 916-694-2475
Fax: 916-694-2478

Amador County SBDC Outreach Center
Jackson, CA
Tel: 209-223-0351
Fax: 209-223-4237

Butte College SBDC
Chico, CA
Tel: 916-895-9017
Fax: 916-895-9099

Calaveras County SBDC Outreach Center
San Andreas, CA
Tel: 209-754-1834
Fax: 209-754-4107

Cascade SBDC
Redding, CA
Tel: 916-247-8100

Central California SBDC
Fresno, CA
Tel: 209-237-0660
Fax: 209-237-1417

Central California/Visalia SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Visalia, CA
Tel: 209-625-3051
Fax: 209-625-3053

Central Coast SBDC
Aptos, CA
Tel: 408-479-6136
Fax: 408-479-6166

East Bay SBDC
Oakland, CA
Tel: 510-893-4114
Fax: 510-893-5532

East Los Angeles County SBDC
Pomona, CA
Tel: 909-629-2247
Fax: 909-629-8310

Lake County/Clearlake SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Clearlake, CA
Tel: 707-995-3440
Fax: 707-995-3605

San Joaquin Delta College SBDC
Stockton, CA
Tel: 209-474-5089
Fax: 209-474-5605

Sierra College SBDC
Auburn, CA
Tel: 916-885-5488
Fax: 916-823-4142

Solano County SBDC
Suisun, CA
Tel: 707-864-3382
Fax: 707-864-3386

Southwest Los Angeles County SBDC
Torrance, CA
Tel: 310-787-6466
Fax: 310-782-8607

Southwest Los Angeles County SBDC
Santa Monica, CA
Tel: 310-398-8883
Fax: 310-398-3024

Southwestern College SBDC Chula Vista, CA
Tel: 619-482-6393
Fax: 619-482-6402

Valley Sierra SBDC
Modesto, CA
Tel: 209-521-6177
Fax: 209-521-9373

Valley Sierra/Merced SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Merced, CA
Tel: 209-385-7312
Fax: 209-383-4959

Weill Institute SBDC
Bakersfield, CA
Tel: 805-322-5881
Fax: 805-322-5663

Yreka SBDC (Satellite SBDC)
Yreka, CA
Tel: 916-842-1649

East Los Angeles County/Pasadena SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Pasadena, CA
Tel: 818-398-9031
Fax: 818-398-3059

South Central Los Angeles SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Los Angeles, CA
Tel: 213-846-1710
Fax: 213-235-1686

Export SBDC of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Tel: 213-892-1111
Fax: 213-892-8232

Export Satellite Center SBDC
Oxnard, CA
Tel: 805-981-4633
Fax: 805-988-1862

Gavilan College SBDC
Gilroy, CA
Tel: 408-847-0373
Fax: 408-847-0393

Gold Country SBDC (Satellite SBDC)
San Andreas, CA
Tel: 209-754-3650

Greater Sacramento SBDC
Sacramento, CA
Tel: 916-563-3210
Fax: 916-63-3264

Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce
La Jolla, CA
Tel: 619-453-9388
Fax: 619-450-1997

Inland Empire SBDC
Riverside, CA
Tel: 1-800-750-2353 or 909-781-2345
Fax: 909-781-2353

Coachella Valley/Palm Springs SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Palm Springs, CA
Tel: 619-864-1311
Fax: 619-864-1319

High Desert/Victorville SBDC
(Satellite SBDC)
Victorville, CA
Tel: 619-951-1592
Fax: 619-951-8929

International Trade Center SBDC
Chula Vista, CA
Tel: 619-482-6393
Fax: 619-482-6402

Napa Valley College SBDC
Napa, CA
Tel: 707-253-3210
Fax: 707-253-3068

North Coast SBDC
Crescent City, CA
Tel: 707-464-2168
Fax: 707-445-9652

North Coast SBDC (Satellite SBDC)
Eureka, CA
Tel: 707-445-9720
Fax: 707-465-6008

North Los Angeles SBDC
Van Nuys, CA
Tel: 818-373-7092
Fax: 818-373-7740

Orange County SBDC
Santa Ana, CA
Tel: 714-647-1172
Fax: 714-835-9008

Redwood Empire SBDC
Santa Rosa, CA
Tel: 707-524-1770
Fax: 707-524-1772

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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