SBDC Services

We’re here to help. We meet small businesses where they are to give them the confidence and access to the tools they need to realize their dreams.


Our advising program is designed to help businesses launch and grow in specific markets across northern California. NorCal SBDC assists in many industries, including food and retail and micro-enterprises — and each was purpose-built to help business owners realize their dreams.

We offer no-cost, confidential advising in the following areas:

  • Planning
  • Capital
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Restaurants
  • E-commerce
  • Resilience
  • Cottage Business
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • AgriBusiness
  • International Trade
  • Procurement
  • Trademarks
  • Patents

& Training

Starting a business is a big decision. Keeping it profitable is a constant challenge. We offer a wide range of workshops to help you understand the best business practices to help you succeed.

Our workshops are provided at no cost throughout our service territory year-round.

On-Demand Learning

We know running a business keeps you busy. Explore our many on-demand recorded webinars to gain instant access to business insights on your schedule.  

to Capital

When you are ready to invest in your business’s next stage, the myriad of options can be daunting.

We launched The Finance Center to act as the liaison between your business and the right funding solution to meet your goals. Our specialized finance consultants not only guide the loan packaging process, but we help you pick the right loan for your business from our network of more than 100 financial institution partners.

We also work with local municipalities that are offering loan and grant programs to help small businesses experiencing financial losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and can help you understand all your options.

Our experts provide advising, practical tools, and access to capital sources to foster your business growth. If you’re a small business owner, we’ll help you prepare, review, and present all the required legal documents that will help position you as ‘bankable and ‘lendable.’ When you’re ready, we’ll introduce you to a vast network of financial resources and services. And because we have relationships that allow us to partner directly with underwriters, we can make the funding process easier and often get you funded faster.

All the services provided by the Finance Center cost you nothing., They are paid for by your tax dollars for all businesses with less than 500 employees. 

Even if you are thinking about making the next step in your business, reach out to your local SBDC, and we will help you understand your options.


All business is local, and our suite of programs is designed to help businesses launch and grow in specific markets across northern California.

Our programs provide assistance in many industries including food and retail, as well as micro-enterprises. All our programs are built with a singular purpose, to help business owners realize their dreams.


Restaurant Program

Restaurant Program provides no-cost services to people who own an existing restaurant or food business or need support for their startups.


Tech Futures Group

If you’re a technology startup based in Northern California, TFG and your local NorCal SBDC can help you accelerate your business growth and development.