Cal Poly CIE SBDCServing San Luis Obispo County
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed
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Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 3:43pm

In 1982, the Georgia SBDC conducted the first survey and presented the results to Congress to secure permanent funding for the SBDC program. Since then, the survey spread nationally and is now conducted on an annual basis to ensure your local SBDC program is able to provide services at no cost. 

How the Survey Works

  • America's SBDC contracts with an independent researcher to conduct the survey of Clients who received business advising in the 2017 and/or 2018. 
  • The survey measures new and retained jobs, new capital, satisfaction, comparison with state/region wide trends, and return on investment.
  • The annual report with national results is published the following Fall.
  • The first email with survey link will be sent on March 24th. If the survey is not completed Clients will receive followup emails on:
    • April 7
    • April 21
    • May 5
    • May 19

What You Can Do

  • Make sure your Client file is up to date by contacting your local SBDC.
  • Or logging in to your Client account here.
  • Respond to the emailed survey on one of the preceding dates.

As always, SBDC business advising and workshops are available to you at no cost. Please see our Calendar of events to register for a workshop. Or contact your local SBDC to meet with a Business Advisor.


Your information will be kept completely confidential. Information collected will be compiled and averaged. It will not be used in any way or under any circumstances that would reveal the identity of you or your company or disclose proprietary data. Completion of the survey is voluntary and your decision of whether or not to participate in the study will not affect your ability to obtain SBDC assistance in the future.

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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.