"Doing what Matters" Calif Comm Colleges Economic Dev. Program

Charles Eason

Mr. Eason is currently the Small Business Sector Navigator for the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program where he coordinates the small business programs at 113 community colleges across the state. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Eason was the Director of the Solano College Small Business Development Center. He has also held previous statewide leadership positions as the Associate Director of the California Community College’s Statewide Economic Development Network and former chair of the Small Business Programs committee.

As a Director of a Small Business Development Center, Manager of a Business Incubator, and past Business Broker, Mr. Eason has provided training and counseling to thousands entrepreneurs over the past twenty years. One of his areas of expertise is assisting businesses with securing Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. This includes direct experience through his company OPTEMA Development Corporation which developed a rapid prototyping technology with funding through a National Science Foundation STTR Phase I, Phase II, and Phase IICC grant.

Before moving to Northern California, Mr. Eason worked for the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center as Manager of the Inland Empire Business Incubator. Mr. Eason also worked in the defense industry as a systems engineer for TRW’s Ballistic Missile Program. Mr. Eason earned a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from California State University, San Bernardino.