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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."

Munselle Civil Engineering, Healdsburg

“[My Napa-Sonoma SBDC advisor] has been instrumental in helping me with major company decisions. His broad business & life experience help him understand my company & the difficulties I have faced.”

Pupuseria Gemelos, San Francisco

"We are very grateful with SBDC, who helped us with the long application process"

Black Gurlz Ink, Oakland

"If it were not for Irma's guidance, many of our accomplishments for 2009 would not have taken place until we had been in business for at least a few years. "

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.”

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.”

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."

Electronic Solutions, Cloverdale

"The SBDC has given direction and focus to our future… we couldn’t get our hands totally around this project before the SBDC help…"

Rejuvenation and Well Being, Cotati

"[Cynthia Riggs of the Santa Rosa SBDC] has the ability to focus in on where I was/am stuck and provide just exactly what I need in very specific terms both involving the logic of business and the how-to details of building and running a successful business."

The Liddle Cable Company, Concord

“Gerald became a tremendous help.  He displayed confidence based on his years of experience and the business began to show profitability rather than just increases in monthly sales volume.”

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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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.