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Rain All Day Books, Fortuna

"I feel like SBDC is an often overlooked resource for small business owners. They are so open, knowledgeable, accessible and caring."

Sincere Home Decor, Oakland

“I want to thank SBDC for all the informative classes that I attended and the one-on-one counseling sessions. I truly admire this organization for doing what it's doing in helping all the small businesses out there. Thanks again!”

Paragon Uniform Inc., Oakland

In 2009, Paragon successfully bid as a prime contractor and received the award of a contract with the State of California Department of Public Health. In addition, Paragon has partnered with a well-known regional laundry as a sub-contractor to provide services in Alameda County.

Music Master Publishing, Vallejo

"I found SBDC to be an excellent resource for entrepreneurial encouragement. The classes and personal consultant time have proven to be very valuable assets to our endeavor."

Magic Detailing, Oakland

"I cannot believe how much information SBDC provided my small business for free. I learn something new at every seminar I attend and I am truly grateful for the help I received from the SBDC."

Anacortes Chocolate Factory, Vacaville

“Thank you Floyd [Hicks of Solano SBDC] for everything and helping us with the loan process. We owe you for that.”

Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa, Forestville

"Working with Betsy [Fischer of the SBDC at Santa Rosa Junior College] allowed us to do some things that we never could have accomplished without her extraordinary experience, people skills and insight."

Mani Snacks, Los Gatos

“Dick Brown, my SBDC Business Advisor, has been incredibly helpful in helping me understand how to start and successfully grow a business in the US.”

National Autism Resources, Benicia

“Right from the start the SBDC has helped me to grow my business and avoid costly mistakes. Their advice has paid off enormously. Any small business owner that does not take advantage of their services is crazy!”

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.”

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.

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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.