Non-Profit Business Coaching & Technical Assistance

For Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Make An AppointmentAbout Us

The Center for Strategic Economic Studies and Institutional Development, Inc. (“the Center”) is a non-profit corporation and is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Since 1998, the organization’s purpose has been to deliver charitable, educational, financial, and holistic solutions for low-to-moderate income small businesses. We listen to these communities’ voices, identify their needs, and collaborate with various local resources to make a lasting impact.

Our Vision

To be an organization where, through our programs, small business owners win by reaching their dreams; their communities win from the ripple effect; and we win by knowing that we made a positive impact to humanity.

Our Mission

At the Center, we believe that underserved small businesses need a good sounding board, education, and support from various resources. To meet that need, we blend our resources with other nonprofits, businesses, and government-sponsored entities. Our mission is to help small businesses reach their dreams by listening to their needs, providing education and innovative solutions, and creating a vibrant business community based on collaboration and synergy.

Our Target Market

Underserved small businesses in low-to-moderate income areas in the five counties of Southern California.

Our Coaching Services











Build Business Credit


The HSBC Secured Credit Card
& Matching $500 from The Center

To qualify for the $500 matching grant you must have a licensed business located in LA or Orange County. To receive your secured card and $500 matching grant, complete the application below and submit to us with a $500 check made payable to The Center. The Center will submit your application to HSBC on your behalf and open your card with $1,000 secured credit.

The secured card has 0% interest for the first year. After 12 months, you can apply for a traditional HSBC credit card (unsecured) or close the account. Using the card and paying off your balances each month will help you build good credit for the future.

To submit your application and check, please contact Jennifer Douglas at or 562-242-2900.

How Do I Know If I Need a Business Coach?

What is Business Coaching?

It’s impossible for a business owner to excel in all areas of business. The Center provides resources in the areas where you need help. Our programs are designed to help you implement best-practice systems, strategies and action plans to help grow your business. No one can succeed alone!

How Do I Know if Business Coaching Is Right for Me?

If you struggle in areas like business finance, marketing, or sales and don’t have a mentor to turn to when you need advice, The Center’s services may be right for you.

Do You Only Work With Established Companies?

The Center can provide assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs of all business stages including start-ups.

Do You Charge for Your Services?

The Center is a non-profit organization and our services are free of charge.

Do You Invest In or Loan to Businesses?

The Center does not invest in small businesses or loan to small businesses. We can, however, refer to you to small business lenders and other sources of funding.