Small Business

Indria Gillespie 

DSN Small Business


Background: Indria has been the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the Sacramento Region for over two years.  Prior to this, she was the Director of the Sierra College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for over five years and the Manager of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) for nearly two years.  Both the SBDC and the VBOC were federal programs under the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

Ms. Gillespie has a Bachelor’s of Art s degree in Communications from Northeastern Illinois University and MBA with an emphasis in Marketing, magna cum laude, from National University.  She has also taught Risk Analysis, Responding to Governmental RFPs, Business Planning, Marketing, and Public Relations at the University of Phoenix; CSUS, Continuing Education; San Joaquin Delta College; and Feather River College.  Ms Gillespie is also a serial entrepreneur and a u.s. military veteran.


Sector Need: Nearly every community college in California provides coursework or program offerings to educate entrepreneurs and/or small business owners. Since Small Business and Entrepreneurship is not limited to one industry sector, the coursework and programs being developed can cross almost every discipline.

The mission of the Small Business Sector is to work together with industry and education to improve and expand our business and entrepreneurial curriculum so we better deliver a job-ready workforce and entrepreneurial leaders to ensure California’s economic growth and global competitiveness.

 Links for Small Business:

  1. Community College Entrepreneur Pathway Program
  2. Small Business Profile
  3. Small Business Sector 
  4. Small Business Sector Fact Sheet