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News: Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center Partners with USC Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Salvatrice Cummo

Pasadena, Calif., - The Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is joining forces with the USC Marshall School of Business’ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.  The partnership will offer a 10-week accelerator program (AIM) designed to push startup companies to the next level. 

AIM (Accelerate + Incubate + Mentor) - a program launched in 2012 at USC, provides entrepreneurs with the resources designed to improve the odds of success for startups.  The PCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide one-on-one training focused on managing the non-technical side of the business, the "back room" activities.  "Many small businesses fail in the early years because the business was not properly managed in the back office.  The back office is the backbone of an organization and without back office support, it is almost impossible to run the core business effectively," said Salvatrice Cummo, Director of the PCC SBDC.

According to Cummo, “AIM teams will have direct access to consultants – at no cost- to help guide and align them to proper resources, including funding, accounting, graphic artists and marketing experts, to name a few.  Ultimately, this partnership will foster growth and help each company reach measurable milestones."

About Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Pasadena City College is a part of the Los Angeles Regional SBDC network and assists area business owners increase their sales, obtain loans, streamline operations, utilize new technologies, expand into new markets, and position themselves for long-term growth.  

The SBDC offers a team of business advisors who provide free business consulting and low-cost training in business operatons and management, marketing, financing, business planning and more.  Contact the SBDC hosted by Pasadena City College at 626.585.3106 for more information or at

About Pasadena City College

Since 1924, Pasadena City College (PCC) has provided the greater Pasadena area with an innovative learning environment that inspires student learning and success.  PCC is one of the largest community colleges in the country, serving over 30,000 students from 90 different countries.  Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC ranks as one of the top community colleges in the state that transfers students to nationally ranked four-year universities and colleges. Nestled in the foothills of Pasadena, home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game, PCC has educated more than a million students since its founding. For more information on Pasadena City College, call 626-585-7123, or visit the College’s website at

Release Date: 07/23/2014
Contact: Gilbert Rivera , Publications Supervisor
Phone: (626) 585-7250