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Exploring the idea of starting a business? Start here.

Here is our comprehensive checklist to start a business in California

The team at Eureka Payments put together this whitepaper [Merchant Processing (PDF)] that explores all the considerations for this critical element in online commerce.

The SBA Office of International Trade has created this fact sheet [Six Steps to Begin Exporting (PDF)] explaining the six-step process to begin exporting.

Financial Templates by Stilson (Excel, XLS file) Loan calculator and other new pages have been added to Stilsons financial templates. This Excel workbook has a 12 month P&L statement, creates a breakeven analysis, a cash flow projection, and a balance sheet from the data you enter into the P&L. It is based on the handouts from our Financial Pre-Venture Workshop.

ZIPskinny - Demographics by Zip Code

Recycling service for businesses to be notified about local used furniture and supplies for their offices. It’s great for new or expanding small businesses, and sometimes free for non-profits.

Disaster Planning tools for your business

BizStats -  Free Business Statistics and Financial Ratios

FaxZERO - Free internet faxing - Free conference calling 

LogMeIn - Free PC/Mac remote control software

Trends in Venture Capital Funding reports on venture capital nationally - Courtesy of the SBA. (.pdf file)

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Moving Your Business Online - An SBDC TAP Checklist

Business Survival in an Econooic Downturn:
Adapted from a guide created at the Virginia SBDC Network this no-nonsense checklist is is a great guide to maximize profit and market share anytime, but especially when times are tough.

Compliance Products From The California Chamber of Commerce

CalChamber is recognized as the leading provider of California-specific labor law compliance, training, and HR best practices tools. The Norcal SBDC Network has partnered with CalChamber to provide our clients access to these products at a 15% discount.

Simply click on the CalChamber Store link below and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

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California HR Compliance Products