News release issued by College of the Canyons. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons has been named the 2016 Top Performing SBDC within Los Angeles Regional Network, outperforming the region’s seven other Centers. The award was presented at the California SBDC Professional Development Conference held on Nov. 9, in Irvine. Under the leadership of SBDC Director Catherine Grooms, the team of expert advisors helped clients in the Antelope, San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys access $31.6 million in capital, while starting 61 businesses and creating 470 jobs. “I believe and support my team in their commitment to helping clients create economic impact for the local economies we serve,” said Grooms. “This award is reflective of a team effort and commitment to a high level of excellence. Our sponsors support the importance of having the SBDC as a resource.” In addition, four SBDC advisors won the “Top Capital Award” for generating the most capital for clients. “College of the Canyons is proud of its partnership with the Small Business Administration in advancing economic development and entrepreneurship throughout the region,” said Jeffrey Forrest, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at the college. The SBDC is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) largest service program and provides high-quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC locations provide one-on-one professional business consulting at no cost. Training is offered at no cost or low cost to entrepreneurs, and both existing and new businesses.