The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship 2021 Impact Report

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Mar 14, 2022


Inland Empire Center of Entrepreneurship

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The 2021 Impact Report has been released by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). The data demonstrates that the IECE continues to grow and has an influential regional economic presence.

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When the total loans, contracts, and exports were added, the IECE had a net positive economic impact of little more than $70 million in 2021.

“That’s the direct economic impact, that doesn’t account for any multiplier effects,”

Mike Stull, Director of IECE

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship 

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino is a non-profit organization dedicated to building and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Inland Empire.

The IECE provides various programs to assist entrepreneurs at all stages of their business development. Their goal is to support entrepreneurs to help them succeed in building and growing their businesses.

2021 IECE Economic Impact Report

The online report at provides an overview of the center’s activities during the last year, including its various programs and events and its organizational reach and impact.

IECE facilitated $70.1 million in funding to entrepreneurs through its programs and initiatives focused on increasing business success and growth through entrepreneurship education and coaching. The center also assisted 2,530 minority-owned businesses with business development services and provided free one-on-one coaching sessions to 4,645 businesses.

In addition to providing business development services to entrepreneurs, last year, IECE hosted more than 1000 events that educated hundreds of entrepreneurs on various topics designed to provide them with the knowledge needed to help grow their businesses. These events were related to networking and also delivered basic training. 

In 2021, IECE was also responsible for developing and retaining 17,000 employees. Hospitality, logistics, technology, construction, and retail services are among the industries represented by the positions. After founding their businesses, self-employed entrepreneurs fall into another category of occupations.

“Due to the pandemic, a great deal of focus in last year’s impact to the economy was in assisting companies in keeping employees on the payroll. We did a lot of work to keep people employed and keep their employees in-house. And so that’s reflected in that number as well.” 

Paul Nolta, Manager of the IECE Small Business Development Center

Last year, IECE hosted over a thousand training and networking events with over 17,000 attendees. In addition, with over 2,000 and 2,500 firms supported, women-owned and minority-owned businesses were also significantly featured in the IECE training and assistance initiatives.

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