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Step Up Music, Vallejo

“The SBDC provided me with the nuts and bolts information I needed particularly (because I’m a) creative type that needs help with the procedural side of the business.”

Christina Anastasia, North Coast

“The SBDC has helped me become more assertive and opened me up to different types of marketing. The people at the SBDC proved it viable to make a living in the arts, to drop the ‘starving artist’ tag and take my art seriously.”

Art of TV, San Jose

“I have found the assistance received invaluable. Art of TV has grown beyond my expectations and the SBDC is definitely the go-to place for small business support and resources.”

Lonjevitea Kombucha, Petaluma

“We’ve counted on Cathy and the SBDC to get our product off the ground,” says Biaggi. “We hope for the continued support to continue to grow it from the fledgling company to a model Sonoma business.”

iExperts, Arcata

“Throughout this process, [the North Coast SBDC] became like a silent partner. They helped me explore ideas and refine my business plan, and have been an invaluable part of my success.”

TechPro Source, Vacaville

Rather than secure debt financing, Mr. [Michael] Cortez wanted to pursue equity financing for the business.  Mr.[Charles] Eason assisted him in developing a PowerPoint pitch for investors.

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.”

Sheri DeBow, Napa

“Working with Carolynne Gamble was exactly that push I needed in the right direction! Not only did Carolynne stress the importance of an online presence for my art, she helped me figure out how I should start making that happen.”

Center of Excellence in Education, Chico

Ms. Furry credits SBDC at Butte College with helping her refine her initial business plan and identify start-up costs, as well as marketing, competitive analysis, and training needs.

Thalia's Jewelry, San Francisco

“I have felt a lot of support from Angel and Gabriela from the [SF SBDC]. They helped me securing a sponsorship from US Bank, and all marketing and promotion efforts to reopen my business with a new fresh start!”

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.