Archive for Small Business Development


Jeri Denniston, a Yavapai Community College  adjunct marketing instructor, replaces SBDC Director Kurt Haskell, who retired in April

Yavapai Community College announced on June 29, 2017 that Jeri Denniston, a Community College adjunct marketing instructor who lives in Prescott Valley, was hired as the new director for the Small Business Center.  You may read the College’s press release by clicking here. Denniston is a former San Diego Union-Tribune community relations director and Thunderbird School of Global Management graduate. She is a partner in an international consulting business with her husband, Eric. The firm specializes in helping businesses with strategic and financial planning and management. 

Denniston has taught internet and social media marketing at Yavapai Community College since 2011 for small business owners and entrepreneurs as part of the Entrepreneurship Course. You may read more about Ms. Denniston’s background by clicking here.

The Small Business Center is located in Building 29 on the Prescott Campus, however, appointments may be made by phone to meet with staff on the Verde Campus.  On its current web site, the Center currently offers four classes in Prescott, and one each on the Verde Campus and in Prescott Valley. 

If you own a small business or are thinking about starting one, the SBDC  offers both short and long term counseling at no charge, and seminars and workshops conducted by experienced business professionals. Hands-on training can be provided in such disciplines as business planning, record keeping and personnel management. Classes are sometimes offered in web design and other like areas of the internet. There is a charge for most classes.

You may read more about classes and their cost by clicking here.



Small Business Development Center Honored

Center honored for “hard work, great ideas and dedication”

The Yavapai College Small Business Development Center was honored at the 24th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 18. The recognition was for  “hard work, great ideas and dedication” of the Small Business Center’s mission: serving as an educational resource to small businesses.

The event was held in Phoenix at the Biltmore hotel and hosted by the Arizona Small Business Association  and the United States  Small Business Administration. The Enterprise Business Awards recognize the previous year’s exceptional accomplishments in the small business administration lending arena.

You may read more about the honor by clicking here.

New Small Business Center employee

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Verde campus has new business analyst

Ms. Kathy Bazan has joined the Yavapai College Verde Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as its new business analyst. The SBDC is part of Yavapai College’s Regional Economic Development Center (REDC). It is located on the YCC Verde Campus in Clarkdale.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER 1The College describes the SBDC as a “resource center for small business owners and entrepreneurs, helping businesses succeed through counseling in finance, management excellence and marketing.” Ms. Bazan has experience in marketing, social media content writing, editing and career counseling. She will share her expertise in these areas to help local businesses grow.

For the detailed announcement for this new position, please click here, which will take you to the YCC website.