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Mendocino Solar Service, Little River

“West Company is a fabulous low-cost one-stop for local business owners,” says Bruce [Erickson].

Clay Pot House, San Francisco

“[The SFSBDC] has really helped us a lot during our hard time, both business wise and emotion wise. Our business advisor also played a critical role in helping us obtain a $50,000 business loan.”

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."

Wellspring Aikido, Santa Rosa

“Attuned to current business trends and knowledgeable of the full scope of small business concerns, (our business advisor) has helped us with every challenge we’ve presented.”

Davidson Films Inc., Silicon Valley

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity working with a dedicated team of business advisor and financial specialist, whom showed a genuine interest in ensuring that our goals are met and that our dreams stay alive.”

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.”

Get Goes Mobile Café, Oakland

“We were encouraged to move forward with our ideas based on the expert analysis of our plans by our Small Business Advisor. His interest, care, and support mean so much to us.”

Wang Wah Restaurant, San Francisco

“We would like to thank [the SFSBDC] for their assistance along our recovery process. Not only do they care about our business, they were also very concerned about our mental and physical health issues during our hard time.”

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.”

Pacific Preserves, Fort Bragg

"I like talking to customers and getting to know the farmers. When you promote a local product in a small community, you get to know people and develop a loyal following."

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.