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Education & Training

Customized Training

One of the most important factors for a business or industry considering locating, expanding, or remaining in Contra Costa County is the ability to ensure the presence of a well-trained workforce. In recognition of this factor, the Workforce Development Board can support local economic development by providing customized education and training opportunities for eligible businesses and industries. The purpose of the customized training program is to partner with local businesses to provide customized training assistance in support of full-time positions created within Contra Costa County businesses.

The customized training program is designed to react quickly to the needs of businesses and to respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information within those businesses. This effort enhances the growth potential of companies located in Contra Costa County while simultaneously preparing the workforce with the skills essential to successful employment in emerging industries.

Small Business Training

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partnership program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A Small Business Development Center conducts research, advises and trains business people in a wide variety of business topics, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in many fields.

We can provide business advising and training in the following areas:


Business Planning & Management

  • Business Plan Development
  • Business Start-Up Assistance
  • Expansion & Growth
  • Licensing & Permits
  • Employee Management
  • Buying & Selling a Business


  • Identifying Market Niches
  • Advertising & Promotion Strategies
  • Business Feasibility Evaluation
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Pricing
  • E-Commerce


  • Information
  • Professional Consultants
  • Business Counseling & Training
  • Business Library
  • Computer Access
  • Referrals

Financial Management

  • Cash Flow Management
  • Funding Options
  • Bookkeeping & Accounting
  • Loan Application Assistance
  • Financial Analysis & Projections
  • Government Contracting
  • Business Valuation & Strategies
  • Tax Planning & Requirements
  • Payout Management