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Free Webinar: "When is it Time to Become an Entrepreneur?"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 11:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon, PST
Presented by Jeff Winters,, Chief Executive Officer, and Rick Ohlrich, Director, Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

This webinar answers many of the basic questions: where do I start, how much money do I need, do I need a business plan and what is it like to work for yourself? The webinar is a must if you have ever thought of going into business for yourself or thinking about it because of your current circumstances. It will also include a presentation by the Director of the Alameda County (California) SBDC, outlining free help that is available to budding entrepreneurs through the SBDC and other U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sponsored programs. 

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Introducing the Alameda County SBDC

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center ( is one of 10 SBDC's in the Northern California SBDC Network ( In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are centers in San Francisco and San Jose, in addition to the ACSBDC in Oakland. If you live outside Northern California, you can consult the Association of Small Business Development Centers Website ( to find an SBDC near you.

The Small Business Development Center program was started during President Carter's Administration and is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is funded primarily by federal and state governments, as well as economic development type grants.

The SBDC's provide entrepreneurs and small business owners' with three primary services:
(1) No-cost/low-cost workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics
(2) Free one-on-one counseling
(3) Answering questions and providing referrals to other agencies or organizations
While there may be a small fee for the SBDC workshops, the one-on-one counseling is always free. Anyone with a small business (defined by the SBA as a business with less than 500 employees) can access SBDC services.

Business Seminars

The Alameda County SBDC offers several no-cost/low-cost interactive seminars to support small business owners. Seminars are offered in management basics for new business owners and specialized subjects for seasoned entrepreneurs. The seminars are led by experienced professionals who overview their topics, provide several real-world examples and answer questions from the audience. Most seminars finish with a panel of experts that provide additional insight, participate in a lively question and answer session and then stay to speak with attendees one-on-one after the seminar

Counseling Services

The Alameda County SBDC offers long-term, in-depth, no cost counseling for existing businesses and certain start-ups with the potential for above average job creation, revenue and profit growth and, new business development ideas which could stimulate economic development in Alameda County and beyond. Since the performance of the ACSBDC is measured by the total economic impact of its clients, any potential client needs to demonstrate the ability to achieve significant economic impact through the assistance and support of the ACSBDC business advisors and staff. Potential clients who are more in the beginning (or ideation stage) should contact East Bay SCORE, ( for a meeting with one of their 40 counselors.


Rick Ohlrich, Director
Alameda County SBDC
1330 Broadway, Suite 705
Oakland, CA 94612
Main Phone: (510) 208-0410


ACSBDC Introduction for OEC Webinar, October 27, 2010

See PPT slides in the Attachment Section below


References for Content


[1] Seminar Descriptions page (ACSBDC Website)

[2] Counseling Services page (ACSBDC Website)

[3] ACSBDC Seminar Introductory slides (Seminar Handouts, ACSBDC Website)

[4] About Us page (Northern California SBDC Network Website)

[5] "When is it Time to Become an Entrepreneur?" Webinar (Our Experience Counts Website)

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It all starts here. Complete the application and submit your request. A member of the SBDC will follow up with you and help you achieve your small business goals -- at no cost to you.
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