The Small Business Development Center at Mt. San Antonio College held its official grand opening Friday with help from representatives of the California Department of Commerce and local city, education and business leaders.
The center will offer free consulting and general information to east Los Angeles County entrepreneurs on such matters as marketing, accounting, personnel and licensing.
The center's director, Toni Valdez, has been a business management and marketing instructor at Mt. SAC in Walnut for four years. She is a partner in a small business, a Honolulu company that makes home-sewing patterns.
The center was established with the help of a $141,700 grant from the chancellor's office of the state community college system and the state Commerce Department. The grant is renewable annually.