Are You Looking to Start or Grow Your Small Business?

East County SBDC Specializes in…

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

Manufacturing advising, a specialty of the East County SBDC


Our team can assist your business to best produce products with industrial machinery and labor.

Cybersecurity, a specialty of the East County SBDC


Protect your systems, network, and programs from digital attacks.

Business development, a specialty of the East County SBDC

Business Development

Tackle tasks and processes to develop and implement growth opportunities.

Assistance Available in the Following Languages

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

Consulting Areas at the East County 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 East County SBDC

Our team in East County of San Diego is dedicated to empowering your small business.

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

Angela Nagel, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Business Advisor at the East San Diego SBDC

Angela Nagel


Communications manager, nonprofit professional

Danielle Sparks, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Business Advisor at the East County SBDC

Danielle Sparks

Director of the East County SBDC

Customer service, management expert

Diana Barbiani, Advisor

Diana Barbiani


Retail specialist, retail/wholesale strategies, military markets

Hayato Nakamura, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Business Advisor at the East County SBDC

Hayato Nakamura


Entrepreneur, digital marketer expert

James Sly, East County SBDC

James Sly

CEO of Host Organization

Sales, value propositions, manufacturing, finance, operations, HR

Jeff Bernstein, East County SBDC

Jeff Bernstein


An entrepreneur with a strong history of business, who's dedicated to advising small businesses

Jennifer Garvey, East County SBDC

Jennifer Garvey


Operational efficiency expert, social media marketer

Jo Marie Diamond, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Business Advisor at theEast County SBDC

Jo Marie Diamond


Government contracting, innovation, real estate, life sciences, tech, cybersecurity

Mike Olivier, East SBDC

Mike Olivier


Cybersecurity, compliance, manufacturing

Sandra Fernandez, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Business Advisor at the East County SBDC

Sandra Fernandez


Industrial engineer, microenterprise developer/operator

Sarah Gyselbrecht, East County SBDC

Sarah Gyselbrecht

Administrative Assistant

Business operations, communications, military, transportation

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


East County SBDC Location

The East County SBDC is located in El Cajon within the East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), our host facility, and part of the East County San Diego Economic Development Authority.

Due to precautionary measures from the ECEDC, 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.

127 East Lexington
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 258-3670


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.