Cuesta College’s Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) is kicking off the fall 2013 semester by making significant strides toward program success.

The BEC, a program that works with private, public and nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful businesses, was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office to fund the staffing of a Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) liaison position. Israel Dominguez, current director of the BEC, will serve as the new DSN in order to help Cuesta College better connect with the industry partners it serves.

Cuesta College is pleased that our BEC has been extended this new opportunity,” said John Cascamo, the college’s dean of workforce and economic development. “This grant will provide the college with an opportunity to positively impact business education and workforce and economic development in our region, which extends from San Luis Obispo County to northern Los Angeles County.”

The grant award is the result of an ongoing reorganization effort of the state’s Workforce and Economic Development Program titled “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy.”

Also in October, the BEC entered into a formal collaborative agreement with the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC-VC), a resource for companies of all sizes doing business in Ventura County. The EDC-VC hosts the Ventura Small Business Development Center and has a satellite office at the Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

“I am very pleased to partner with the EDC-VC, the Ventura SBDC, and the Scheinfeld Center,” said Israel Dominguez. “This partnership extends our reach and helps us better serve business and industry in Northern Santa Barbara County.”

For more information please contact Israel Dominguez at (805) 546-3100 ext. 2255 or

Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / / Posted: 10/17/13