Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC Network Announces New Regional Director
California State University, Fullerton, host of the Lead Center for the Orange County / Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network names Marquise Jackson as its new Regional Director. Jackson’s duties will also include technology transfer activities for Cal State Fullerton.
The OC/IE SBDC Network stimulates economic growth in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Jackson is currently Associate Director of the San Diego and Imperial SBDC and will streamline the OC/IE SBDC Network’s vision of success starting on December 22. Since joining the SBDC four years ago, Jackson has been actively involved in increasing economic impact and advancing entrepreneurship. Jackson will succeed Priscilla Lopez who resigned as Regional Director in August.
“I’m thrilled to be joining this network as the Regional Director and I look forward to working closely with such a strong, dedicated and accomplished team. With support from leadership at CSUF, our partners at SBA and all of our strategic partners, I look forward to continuing to build the SBDC program and becoming the best SBDC Network in the nation,” Jackson said.
“The SBDC program is a part of the SBA family and we’re certain Marquise will strengthen our partnership so that together, we can better serve the Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Alalberto Quijada, District Director for the Small Business Administration Santa Ana Office.
As Regional Director, he will spearhead the OC/IE SBDC Network’s economic development, manage programmatic and fiscal affairs, facilitate technological development and support entrepreneurial and technology transfer activities at California State University, Fullerton Campus.
“We are excited about Marquise joining our team of economic development specialists. With his background and experience I know that he will be successful in leading the SBDC as well as the Technology Transfer initiative for the University,” said Anil Puri, Ph.D., Dean of the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
Jackson holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from California State University, San Bernardino and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Benedict College, Columbia South Carolina. The OC/IE SBDC Network looks to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across Southern California and is confident that it will meet targets under Jackson’s leadership as Regional Director.
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About the Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC Program:
The Orange County / Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and other private sector funds to provide one-on-one technical assistance, access to capital, access to procurement opportunities and training for small business owners in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Orange County/Inland Empire Regional Network is hosted by California State University, Fullerton’s, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. For additional information about the Orange County/ Inland Empire SBDC Network contact Katrina Smith, Associate Director of the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network or visit www.leadsbdc.org.