Are You Looking to Start or Grow Your Small Business?

Connect SBDC Specializes in…

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

LIfe sciences and technology innovation, a specialty of the Connect SBDC

Life Sciences & Tech Innovation

We can help apply your innovative technology and life sciences specialization for business growth.

Access to equity capital, a specialty of Connect SBDC

Access to Equity Capital

Have access to capital for your short- or long-term needs and growth goals.

Growth and scale strategies, a specialty of Connect SBDC

Grow & Scale Strategy

We can assist you with one of the business world’s most difficult things to accomplish.

Assistance Available in the Following Languages

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

Consulting Areas at Connect 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 Connect SBDC

Our team at Connect is dedicated to empowering your small business.

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

Cait Kelly, Connect

Cait Kelly

Community Engagement Director

Fundraising, startups, and operations.

Christie Marcella, Connect

Christie Marcella

COO Director

Strategy, operations, systems startup support, and bilingual in English and Spanish.

Gretel von Son, Connect

Gretel von Son

SBIR/STTR Director

Public affairs, small business, research, and technology transfer

Matt Alamo, Connect

Matt Alamo

Events & Marketing Manager

Entrepreneur, business, and marketing

Mike Kenn, Connect

Mike Krenn

CEO of Connect

Leadership, mentoring, funding security, and entrepreneur.

Petra Stegmann, Connect

Petra Stegmann

Springboard Senior Director

Public relations, entrepreneur, and research

Regina Bernal, Connect

Regina Bernal

Director of Strategic Inclusion

DEI strategy, marketing, development, pitches

Sam DeLeon, Connect

Sam DeLeon

Captial Programs Coordinator

Entrepreneur, investment, finance, business, management, and start-up businesses

Tre Braquet, Connect

Tre Braquet

Senior Marketing Manager

Marketing, business, management, communications, and data analysis

Val Reyes, Connect

Valerie Reyes

Office Assistant

Administrative support, logistics, research, communications, business, and management

From 2016-2021, the San Diego & Imperial SBDC team helped strengthen our regional small businesses.


Connect SBDC Location

The Connect SBDC is located in San Diego and part of the San Diego Venture Group.

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.

1100 Market Street #441
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 964-1300


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.