CSU Bakersfield SBDCServing Inyo, Kern, and Mono Counties.
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

Our team members are committed to making a difference for small businesses like yours. 

Our expert business advisors are passionate about helping businesses succeed. They bring extensive hands-on business experience to each client situation, ensuring you receive practical “real world” advice that can be applied to daily operations. Business advisors’ expertise covers all key business areas, and they will work closely with you to develop productive solutions.

Our staff will make every effort to assist you. They can answer questions, arrange meetings with consultants, and help with signing up for classes.


Kelly Bearden



Dr. Deborah Cours, PhD

Dean, School of Business and Public Administration & Executive Director for the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Lynn Gannon

Executive Administrative Specialist



Cameron Bruce, PE, MBA, BSEE

General Business

Maureen Buscher-Dang

Marketing, Social media, Websites, Public relations, Strategic planning

Circe Davalos-Cox

Finance & Business

Paul Edwards


Jeff Johnson

General Business - Bakersfield

Jim Keeler

Value-Added Food

John Pryor

Risk Management, Strategic Planning, and General Management

Larry Ray


Jay Thompson

Business Management, Strategic Planning & Tax Planning

James Thomsen

Business Accounting/Budget, Business Management, Business Plan, E-Commerce, Exporting - Inyo & Mono

Thomas Weir

Business management & Strategic Planning

Jeremy Woods

Entrepreneurial Projects & Sales Management

Celeste Young-Ramos, PHRca, Restaurant Operations Expert

Restaurants, Franchises, Food Service, Human Resources,
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.