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Get Goes Mobile Café, Oakland

“We were encouraged to move forward with our ideas based on the expert analysis of our plans by our Small Business Advisor. His interest, care, and support mean so much to us.”

IMTech, Fremont

"Before I began working with the SBDC, I felt like I was a hamster on a small business wheel. Now I have a clear path laid out for the future and success."

Christina Anastasia, North Coast

“The SBDC has helped me become more assertive and opened me up to different types of marketing. The people at the SBDC proved it viable to make a living in the arts, to drop the ‘starving artist’ tag and take my art seriously.”

Spirit Works Distillery, Sebastopol

"Making it to the business start-up class was a great stepping stone into the world of small business, then having the ongoing support of a certified business advisor and help has been invaluable."

Pine Creek Realty, Bay Area

"New Venture Training program is a wake-up call for anyone thinking about starting a business..."

The Yoga Studio, Campbell

"What I value the most about Anne [Wenzel]’s advice is that it was specific, pertinent, applicable and executable...She advised me on things like locations, prices, insurance, contracts, grand opening launches, the list just goes on and on."

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!”

Rain All Day Books, Fortuna

"I feel like SBDC is an often overlooked resource for small business owners. They are so open, knowledgeable, accessible and caring."

Eco-Delight Coffee, Suisun City

“We are pleased with the support the SBDC has provided us in fine-tuning our application for the CDBG Microenterprise Loan and are very optimistic about both the loan the future success of the business.”

G&S Tool, Inc., San Leandro

"At a critical juncture in G&S’s history, SBDC Business Advisor James helped supplement my finance and marketing knowledge to not only stem a difficult financial situation, but also develop strategies for generating new clients..."

About the Northern California SBDC Network

NEW Positions Available

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

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