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Organic Grace, Garberville

“Each time our business was ready to grow, the SBDC offered services such as business-plan templates, help picking out a point of sale system, or audits of our website.”

Academic Tutoring Services, Inc., Santa Cruz

"Jim McGovern prepared us thoroughly for getting financing - the key obstacle we faced. His attention to detail and grasp of the business was amazing."

Delice de la Vallee, Sonoma

"I truly appreciate the SBDC as I have grown my company internally as well as refined my business with the guidance of Cathy Balach."

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.”

Finesse Mills LLC, Watsonville

"The consulting from Bob Kramer was instrumental in redirecting the focus of the two operating team members of Finesse Mills LLC, and by implementing the strategic plan we developed..."

Beck's Bakery, Arcata

“I had so many ideas and concerns around starting and running my business, and my SBDC business advisor helped me to focus and prioritize them so that I could achieve great success.”

BioLogic Environmental Services & Waste Solutions, Hayward

While the economy lacked confidence and small businesses struggled to obtain capital, SBDC assisted BioLogic with invaluable resources and poise to enter the market.

ECOlunchboxes, San Rafael

"[We have] benefited tremendously from the opportunity to work with Ashwin Gulati during this critical stage... With his support, we were able to evaluate our areas of strength, plan a strategy for expansion, obtain loans & significantly increase revenues."

The Penny Ice Creamery, Santa Cruz

[WATCH THE VIDEO] “Not only did (the SBDC) give us support and encouragement during the planning process, (they) also offered first-hand knowledge and insight into operating a food service business in Santa Cruz.”

Happy Woman Jewelry, Redwood Valley

Laura feels that working with West Company has helped her “build a foundation for business” that she did not have before. “As an artist, it’s easy to have vision,” says Laura, “but without brickwork, without a solid foundation, you can’t build anything.”

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The Small Business Development Centers of the
Northern California SBDC Network help individuals manage the growth of their businesses. Our sole focus is on helping you improve your bottom line.

Our expertise can help take the mystery out of business management and allow you to focus on the issues most critical to the success of your company. Our Business Advisors have years of experience and know what it takes to operate profitably and grow a business in Northern California.

According to a recent study SBDC in-depth clients experienced almost 4 times the sales growth, and created 14.8 times the jobs of average businesses.*  Read more...

SBDC services include:

  • Business Plans
  • Financial Projections & Budgeting
  • Operating Challenges
  • Purchase of a Business
  • Funding Your Venture
  • Loan Packaging
  • And Much More...

All our private coaching/advising services are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, state, and local partners and are offered at no cost to the client. Contact a Business Advisor in your area.

 

Source of Statistics: SBA; and the “Economic Impact of Small Business Development Center Counseling Activities in Northern California 2010-2011,” by Professor James J. Chrisman of Mississippi State University