Center For Small Business

Contact Us

Center for Small Business
College of Business Administration
Sacramento State 
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

(916) 278-7278 

Founded in 1969, the Center for Small Businesses (CSB) is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. For more than forty-five years, the CSB has served in excess of 2,000 small businesses in the Greater Sacramento area.

The CSB offers free technical management assistance in all areas of business other than taxation, law, and loan packaging, to small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. The services are provided by juniors, seniors, and graduate students under faculty supervision. These students are assigned to work with clients of the CSB as part of their coursework in various classes offered by the College of Business Administration.

Services are provided compliments of Sacramento State and many of the financial institutions of the local area.

We have completed matching for Spring 2019 and are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019.

Apply Now!  

Areas of Service

The CSB offers free technical consulting services to small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. These services are provided in virtually all areas of business other than taxation, law, and loan packaging.

Apply for free assistance now!


Types of Assistance

  • Financial management analysis and planning
  • Human resource management
  • Information systems (e.g., web design, databases)
  • International business
  • Marketing/Sales planning
  • Production and operating systems management
  • Strategic management analysis and strategic planning
  • Supply chain and logistics


Special Projects

A wide variety of special projects are hosted by instructors each semester.  Below is a list of special projects we are working on this Spring 2019. We will post planned projects for Fall 2019 on or about April 2019.

  • Cost control analysis: Students will work on helping clients understanding cost control and provide analyses for profit or non-profit organizations
  • ICT development: Students will review the development of information and communication technology (ICT) in an organization to enhance communication between leaders and employees and from organization to client
  • Business intelligence/data analytics project:Students will work with your data, and possibly data from other sources to provide insights to your strategic questions. Participating business would be expected to provide the students with data that they would like analyzed, and some high level direction regarding the types of insights that would be of interest.
  • Website and mobile application development: Students in these classes need website development and mobile applicationdevelopment projects.
  • Developing an Excel-based accounting solution: students will create an Excel-based solution in payroll accounting, purchase and cash disbursements (related to AP and CD Ledgers), or sales and cash receipts (related to AR and CR ledgers). Alternatively, students can also develop an Excel-based system for a small business from journal entry to Trial Balance.
  • Data Communication and Networking project:Students in this project will assess the current status of the company telecommunication network and will help them to improve it in terms of technology, cost, and security. For new organizations that don't have a computer network yet, students will determine networking needs and technologies for the organization and give them the recommendations/suggestions.
  • Social Media projects:Students in this class will be creating a formal proposal for changing organizational communication for the business
  • Project Management: Students in this course will focus on any project-based workfor the business. Projects will need a beginning date, end date, and deliverable all able to occur within the confines of the semester. Students can also help an organization improve internal project management activities.
  • Supply Chain Logistics:Projects will center on logistics in supply chain.  Decisions in packaging, freight, materials movement, distribution channels, etc.
  • IT security: In this project, students will work as a group to develop a plan for firms and organizations to secure their IT assets.
  • Human Resources projects
  • Leadership training projects



Business Process of the Center

The Center for Small Business operates in a simple and efficient manner. Small business owners/managers contact the CSB and request management assistance. Their requests are logged by student coordinators, and these are routed to the Center's faculty coordinator for review and distribution to faculty within the College of Business Administration who use these "cases" as part of their course assignments.

Next, faculty members assign these cases to teams of students (from two to six students per case). The students then contact the clients to further define their requests for assistance and begin the consultative process. For the duration of the semester, the student teams develop recommendations for their clients and prepare written reports that are given to both the clients and their instructor.

Clients of the CSB range from "mom and pop" operations to those that are quite prominent within the Sacramento community. The types of companies vary from physician groups, acupuncturists, contractors, and law firms to dog groomers and gift shops. Some firms are in their startup stages while others have been in existence for many years. What they all have in common is the need for outside consulting services to assist them in making business assessments and formulating management strategies.

Some organizations request assistance because they are having serious difficulties, others simply want to have an outside review of their operations and strategies to ensure that they are doing things right, and still others need assistance in managing their rapid growth. Much of the work provided by the CSB focuses on assisting clients to develop business plans, designing marketing strategies, and making adjustments in internal operations.

Frequently Asked Questions 



The Center for Small Business has hosted workshops to help small business owners in the Sacramento Region.

Visit our workshops Page to Learn more


Free Resources for Small Businesses

We've compiled a list of free resources to help owners and managers with common questions.  Check out our resources page using the link below.

 Visit our Resources Page to Learn more


Directory of Marketing Organizations in the Sacramento Area

Marketing assistance and related questions are some of the most frequent requests of the Center for Small Business. In addition to the free marketing assistance we offer every semester, to help small business owners find local marketing professionals, we've compiled a directory of over 100 local marketing and marketing related organizations.  Check out our directory using the link below.

 Directory of Marketing Organizations in the Sacramento Area


Interviews With Faculty 

Want to meet some of the talented faculty working on service learning projects with their students?

 Visit our Interviews Page to Learn more