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Ferguson Safety Products, Santa Cruz

“SBDC has provided consultants in several areas during 2012- bookkeeping, records, HR- which has helped me move my business up a notch in professionalism.”

One-Stop Detail, Willits

"Learning about marketing and financial management gave me the bigger picture I needed to run a successful business."

Wellspring Aikido, Santa Rosa

“Attuned to current business trends and knowledgeable of the full scope of small business concerns, (our business advisor) has helped us with every challenge we’ve presented.”

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.

Jessicurl, Arcata

"We really worked with the SBDC to understand and address our costs. It wasn’t just the direct services provided though – the SBDC staff reached out to other resources on our behalf as well."

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.”

Beverly Leftwich, MS MFT, Cupertino

“Jenny [of the SVSBDC] quickly grasped the particular challenges of my marketing niche, and provided me with useful and creative approaches as well as specific tools, which enabled the development of a blueprint for healthy and sustained growth in my business.”

Zadin Restaurant, San Francisco

“The SBDC really taught us how to survive and how to focus. The Consultants gave us knowledgeable guidance and structure.”

Nut Kreations, Santa Cruz

“Keith Holtaway gave us clarity, much needed moral support and a little push we needed in making decisions. He was available to us anytime we needed him and introduced us to his large network.”

The Tile Warehouse, San Jose

"Max (the SBDC Consultant) was a tremendous help in getting us started."

About the Northern California SBDC Network

NEW Position Available

The Northern California SBDC Lead Center is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Business Development & Marketing Specialist - Location: Oakland, CA

To learn more about this position, click here.


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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