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Small Business Development Counselor

San Diego (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: San Diego (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Sustainable Business Development
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The IRC’s Center for Financial Opportunity (CFO) helps newly arrived refugees and other low-income individuals reach self-sufficiency by finding entry-level employment and progress to living wage jobs, learn basic financial management skills and build assets, and start small businesses. The IRC's Center of Financial Opportunity hosts a Small Business Development Center, the IRC SBDC, helping small business owners and entrepreneurs prosper by delivering in-language and no-cost business assistance. The small business development team offer loans and technical assistance to help CDBG, ORR, and SBDC eligible San Diego County residents start or grow a small business.

Job Overview:

The Small Business Counselor will support the continued development of the IRC Small Business Development Program with a strong focus on supporting the Small Business Administration Community Navigator Program. The SBA’s Community Navigator Program, a federally funded program, focuses on providing targeted outreach for small businesses in underserved communities through leveraging partnerships with local and ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) who will connect to specific sectors of the entrepreneurial community to provide assistance during economic recovery, including:

  • financial assistance and access to capital
  • contracting and procurement
  • marketing, operations, business development, and exporting
  • industry-specific training

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the outreach and recruitment of program participants; screen and assess interested County of San Diego residents for program eligibility and participation;
  • Connect with ECBOs and provide assistance with coordination of technical assistance and trainings, data collection, and other administrative tasks as needed;
  • Assist with identifying potential partners and resources available to program participants;
  • Assist coordinating ECBOs partner meetings and developing an agenda and materials for distribution during meetings;
  • Ensure that information required for program eligibility and reporting purposes is collected and that accurate records are maintained, including case files and client data entry across multiple data bases;
  • Ensure necessary steps are taken to obtain relevant data in a timely fashion; follow-up with all clients and partners regularly and record all contacts with case notes;
  • Provide one-on-one business counseling and management assistance to new and existing San Diego county residents owned-businesses in all areas of business start-up and expansion;
  • Assist entrepreneurs to become ready for business financing through preparation of loan applications, business plans, and financial statements;
  • Underwrite and package loan applications, and present for review to the IRC’s CDFI;
  • Proactively facilitate referrals to outside service providers as necessary to meet the diverse needs of the program participants;
  • Assist participants accessing COVID 19 related funding such as grants and loans;
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of training activities and special events;
  • Develop outreach materials and assist with communication to partners;
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with other IRC staff and volunteers as part of the review, evaluation and program maintenance process;
  • Other duties as assigned.


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