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First Street Market, San Jose

“If it wasn’t for [the SBDC Hispanic Satellite] I would’ve closed down my store. You gave me hope that I could still make something out of it.”

Saafara, San Francisco

“Without [Gabriela Sapp's] support I would have never got my loan approved. Great job! I wish you I have known about the SBDC a year earlier.”

Pot and Pantry, San Francisco

“With (my SBDC advisor’s) guidance, I was able to refine my goals and vision for my business and deepen my understanding of various marketing strategies.”

Obsessive Confection Disorder, Fairfield

"Despite wicked busy schedules, Anni [Minuzzo] always finds a way to reach out & offer encouragement and accolades–she is a treasured mentor who has taught me volumes about marketing, finance, structure & growth in the cottage food industry."

Suite Treatments, Vallejo

“Now with careful planning, the business is set to increase income and decrease expenses in the coming year.  That’s the good news!  AND sales and profits are way up this year,” concluded Jacque.

Amour Amour, San Mateo

“The San Mateo SBDC is amazing and I am so grateful for their help!”

Constance Rose Textile Designs, Eureka

"SBDC is an extremely good resource for people at any stage of their business development.  They provide a tremendous amount of resources..."

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!”

New Bohemian Brewing Co., Santa Cruz

"Our advisor, Danny Braga, is a gold mine of information about banks, SBA backed loans, investor relationships, and business plan development. We will continue to go to the SBDC as our business grows for more amazing support."

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats, Oakland

“Working with the [Alameda County] SBDC is like a mentorship, my business advisor gets me on a personal level, and understands how my business works.”

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.