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Hip Chick Farms, Sebastopol

“Annie was informative, helpful and supportive. She pushed us to consider elements we had not thought of, which was very helpful in developing our business model.”

Vintage Caffe, Fairfield

"It was a great pleasure working with the SBDC.  They guided us all the way through the process and were very patient with us.  We would not be able to do this without their knowledge and help."

SF SBDC Client is National Cover Story in BizJournals

"Always know where your next buck is going to come from -- where and how long that process will take." -- Jill Litwin
 

Uncle Boy's Burgers, San Francisco

We met John Espejo, a 25 year-old... a Juma graduate and a current City College student who wanted to open a hamburger shop near the University of San Francisco.

Saucy, Ukiah

“Nancy Banker was the rock that stood behind me when I wavered, and she reined me in when I got off track. ...I don't think that Saucy would exist now if it wasn't for all of the efforts and support from Nancy and West Company.”
 

Sparta Performance Science, Menlo Park

[WATCH THE VIDEO] "Alameda County SBDC Consultant, John, worked with me to provide financial breakdowns for each month of the first 2 years, as well as recommending systems to put in place for a small business."

Spark Avenue Press, Bay Area

"Interaction with the SBDC focuses your efforts to allow you to start where you are and use what you have."

J-Style at Home, Inc., Brisbane

“[The SBDC] has been pivotal in networking, education and coaching us to make the best of our business. They have provided us with free business advice that we have put in place to develop a sound business plan and marketing/sales program.”

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!”

Knights Contractors, Windsor

“We are very pleased with services and have appreciated the hard work. We are grateful to have the SBDC as a valuable resource to our business, management and staff.”

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