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In an effort to assist local and regional business to launch or expand, the (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) was selected in 2006 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a second Women’s Business Center program to be located in the Coachella Valley.


Michelle L. Skiljan

Michelle Skiljan serves as executive director of the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Women Business Centers. During Michelle’s tenure, the Women’s Business Center Programs have raised nearly 5 million dollars in federal and match funding, trained 38,615 workshop participants, provided business counseling for 3,432 business owners and generated regional economic impact of 17 million dollars. She came to the IEWBC with an extensive business background of consulting and management and has over twenty years working closely with a small business owner. She has three years of experience at the University of California Riverside overseeing grant funded entrepreneurial programs and three years of delivering consulting and training services to small businesses as a consultant at the Inland Empire SBDC. Michelle was recognized by the National Association of Women’s Business Owners Inland Empire Chapter as the 2014 Corporate Entrepreneur and in 2007 she was recognized as a Community Bridge Builder. She has also been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration District IX as Women’s Business Center Director of the year. Michelle has a BS in information management and a MBA in entrepreneurship from California State University San Bernardino.

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Kimberly Scanlan

Kim Scanlan had a thirty year career in the hospitality industry, twenty-five of it serving as the manager of a fine dining restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition, she has been employed in industries such as life and health insurance, global shipping, air conditioning, and accounting.

Kimberly has been employed at CVWBC since March of 2007, first as an administrative assistant, and currently serves as training coordinator.

About IECE

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) is Inland Southern California’s leading organization dedicated to supporting and promoting entrepreneurship!

Through its business assistance programs dedicated to helping existing or aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community and formal educational programs and experiential learning activities leading to degrees in Entrepreneurship at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), IECE is the catalyst for entrepreneurial activity in the region.

Since its founding, IECE has created more than 12 new campus and community outreach programs, helped increase student enrollment in academic entrepreneurship programs and provided business counseling and training services to more than 23,000 business owners and individuals!

Whether you are an existing business owner, aspiring entrepreneur or student at CSUSB, we invite you to learn more about the programs and services of IECE!

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CVWBC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. *** Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Kim Scanlan (760) 345-9200, 77-806 Flora Road Suite A. Palm Desert CA 92211