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Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, Capitola

“The [Central Coast] SBDC shared jewels of wisdom with us that turned out to be priceless. They also opened what turned out to be the 'winning door' for our loan. We can’t wait to show them out appreciation! They’re the best!”

Fractal Spirit, Napa

"The SBDC is so fortunate to have Carolynne Gamble working with artists in the marketing of their work... We owe a part of our success to Carolynne and the SBDC."

Niles Pie Company, Union City

"Deagon [of the Alameda SBDC] was realistic and encouraging at the same time, lending us much-valued industry expertise that’s enabled us to grow from an idea and a dream into a solid business that has a growth plan for the future."

Valle Translations, San Francisco Bay Area

“The SBDC has enabled us to achieve our goals!...Oh, and by the way, Valle Translations has never missed a deadline!”

Teddi Hosman Designs, Napa

“The time I continue to spend, either in SBDC workshops or individual advising sessions, has opened my eyes to the aspects necessary to run a successful business.”

Teen Solutions, Mill Valley

“Because of Tina’s unwavering support, direction, and enthusiasm for us and our business, we were able to get clear, stay focused, and follow through on the necessary actions that brought our business to the next level of success.”

J-Style at Home, Inc., Brisbane

“[The SBDC] has been pivotal in networking, education and coaching us to make the best of our business. They have provided us with free business advice that we have put in place to develop a sound business plan and marketing/sales program.”

Alicia K Designs, San Francisco

“The San Francisco SBDC helped us to locate growth financing at a critical time. They were a gift, and gave me the tools to continue to take my business to the next level.”

San Francisco Guitarworks, San Francisco

"The San Francisco SBDC is really the best resource I have found to help get a cohesive view of what business is and can become and to develop the steps to get there."

Bottle Cap Food & Drink, San Francisco

“We're thrilled that our local SF SBDC associates coupled us with the VEDC so that we are now serving the neighborhood and the Bay Area. Without them, this beloved restaurant space could still be vacant and we may have seen our chance slip away."

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.