One-on-One Advising

Northern California SBDC's offer free, individualized and confidential one-on-one advising for existing businesses and start-ups with the potential for job creation, revenue and profit growth, and new business development ideas which could stimulate economic development in Northern California and beyond.

Advising services are available by appointment to both existing and start-up business owners. It starts with an application. You tell us about your company and your needs and we give an assessment of how we can help you. Then, we establish goals to work on (business loan, equity capital, etc.) and we work together to reach that goal. 

To apply for one-on-one advising with Norcal SBDC's, find the SBDC nearest you.

Here are just some of the fields our centers can help you with:

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Business Plans

Instruction in creating business plans, as well as ongoing review, helps clients create a road map for a successful business. An effective business plan includes company history, demographics, operations, administration, financial, products/services, economic considerations and marketing sections. Clients learn to compare actual business results against projections on a regular basis to gain the business plan's full value.

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Capital Sourcing

Knowledge relating to obtaining capital from private or institutional sources aids business owners in finding appropriate funding and helps clients assess their qualifications to obtain loans.

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Procurement

The Northern California SBDC network offers information to assist small businesses through the procedures of selling to government agencies. Learn what is necessary to qualify and bid on government contracts.

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Product Pricing

Review of the product pricing, product mix and gross margin contribution can assist business owners in focusing on their most profitable products to enhance their sales figures.

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Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations

Creation of a cohesive marketing plan and knowledge of marketing techniques can lead to improvement and expansion of sales. Learn to promote your business using various media, advertising, and public relations techniques.

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Restaurant Operations

Expertise in food services areas such as menus, equipment and pricing will aid the restaurant owner in a highly competitive field.

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Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & New Product Development

Information relating to intellectual property helps a business protect products, logos and business names with trademarks, copyrights and patents. New product development gives clients ways to transform their ideas into marketable products.

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Human Resources

Experience and knowledge relating to the organization, recruitment and delegation of responsibility to employees will improve day-to-day business operations.

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Business Start-Up/Home-Based Businesses

Start-up business ventures profit from information relating to the sound business practices necessary to begin a business, as well as such necessities as license and permit requirements.

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Retail

Learn how to utilize merchandising techniques to target certain demographics and employ in-store marketing programs to support seasonal and promotional changes.

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International Trade

Clients can gain an understanding of international trade, marketing and management techniques, as well as tools for cross-cultural communication.

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Funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Governors Office for Business and Economic Development, and other private and public partners;  and nationally accredited by the association of SBDCs.