ERIC Number: ED342558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
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Developing a Strong Bond between Education and Local Businesses in Rural Areas.
Phillips, William A.
This paper describes a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the Central Arizona College. Schools are responsible for assisting economic development in the small business and business community since industry spends $22 billion per year in retraining high school graduates and dropouts in basic education. In Pinal County, Arizona, many students who graduate or dropout from school stay in the county and take whatever jobs they can find. The SBDCs were started nationally in 1977 as a method of providing services and assistance to the local small business persons in the communities they served. The Arizona SBDC Network consists of 10 sub-centers located at community colleges. The services offered to the small businesses in the state are: (1) individual counseling; (2) workshops and seminars; (3) a small business library; (4) small business classes; and (5) resource personnel. The Central Arizona College SBDC was started March 1, 1990. The Center completed the 1990 year with 78 counseling cases in the areas of management, financing, accounting, and marketing. Workshops were also offered at times convenient to business people. The SBDC has an advisory committee composed of seven business people and a representative from the State Department of Education and State Community College Board. Businesses are asked what they need graduates to be able to do. Business and industry are ready to become involved in the educational process. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona