Counseling Services

Free business counseling is offered for those business people who need one-on-one assistance. Counseling is available for all areas of business including, but not limited to, business planning, marketing, government procurement, record keeping, business law, financing strategies, taxes, manufacturing, franchising, and retailing.

To schedule a counseling appointment please call (562) 634-3980.


Charles Lowe

Speaks Fluent English & Spanish

Charles Lowe is a small business consultant, specializing in business start-up, marketing and e-business, business planning, government contracting, technology and international trade. He has 30 years of experience in small business and international trade, and has done business in 45 countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Over the last ten years he has acted as a business consultant to the several Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) for Community Colleges in the Los Angeles area and for Loyola Marymount University. From 1983 to 1999 he owned and operated two export management companies specializing in the export of computer products. He began his career by working in the International Consumer Division of the Purex Corporation and as a manager for Overseas Operation, an export management company, specializing in builder's hardware and electronic security products. He holds a Bachelors' degree in Latin American Studies and Economics and an MBA in International Management.


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a grant funded non-profit organization, primarily funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  There are more than 900 centers located throughout the United States. The SBDC’s goal is to insure small businesses success and contribute to economic development.


Consultants are industry professionals with many years of experience in their respective fields. Consultants include attorneys, loan consultants, marketing and demographic research experts, accounting and bookkeeping specialists, web masters and social media experts, and specialists in international trade and government procurement and business planning. 


Common assistance sought by small business owners include, business start-up, loan packaging, business planning, sales campaigns and improved Internet presence and use of social media to increase number of clients and sales revenue, help with certification and bidding in order to get contracts with government agencies, international trade assistance to secure international sales and reduce sourcing costs, and help analyzing financial statements and budgeting and implementing accounting systems.