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Brian Newell Furniture, Mendocino

“This is a great service that is available in a community as small as ours,” says Newell, “I wish more people appreciated and took advantage of what’s available to them.”

Heidi Marble, Fairfield

“The small business center helped anchor and direct my plans, they gave me the tools to reach my potential”

Titan Enterprises, Fort Bragg

“Nancy [Baker] helped me figure out the cost of what I was doing, and what the turnaround needed to be for me to make money.”

Chasing Lions, San Francisco

“Gabriela, thanks for all of your assistance. You and the entire SBDC team have been super helpful and instrumental to the success of this loan. Thank you!”

Vintage Caffe, Fairfield

"It was a great pleasure working with the SBDC.  They guided us all the way through the process and were very patient with us.  We would not be able to do this without their knowledge and help."

Dirty Business Soil, Arcata

“Working with the [North Coast SBDC] was instrumental in helping us create an award winning business plan, and we could not have done it without the help [they] offered.”

Christine George Design, Napa

“Working with Carolynne Gamble and SBDC has been great support and grounding in my business. I tend to fly above the clouds with my dreams and ambitions... Bouncing ideas off Carolynne has helped make them real.”

Let's Make Room, Oakland

“Having access to a small business resource like the Alameda County SBDC is what made it possible for me to get the information I needed to know about starting my own small business...I still can’t believe I got the time of a small business consultant for free.”

All Season Soccer, Novato

“There were simply too many things I did not know about getting a retail business started, and [the Marin SBDC’s] direction kept me from making costly mistakes.”

Savantis Group, Inc., San Francisco

"Tom Camerato is the best. He not only showed us how to properly project the numbers, but he also helped us to understand what is behind the numbers and so we can make better decisions."

About the California SBDC Network

The California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today's challenging economic climate.

Access to Capital!

According to a recent study SBDC in depth clients experienced 6 times the sales growth, and created 13 times the jobs of average businesses. Read more here.

Direct and personalized technical assistance is provided to entrepreneurs through professional consulting, supplemented by low-cost or free seminars and conferences. These services are delivered throughout California via an extensive network of thirty-five Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

Your local SBDC provides comprehensive business guidance on most business issues including;

  • best practices for small businesses,
  • business plan development,
  • start-up basics,
  • financing
  • procurement & contracting opportunities,
  • regulatory compliance,
  • money management,
  • international trade, and
  • manufacturing assistance.

Our one on one advising is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, state, and local partners and is offered at no cost to the client.

Find your local SBDC here.