Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Northern California SBDC work?

It starts with a simple application. You tell us about your company and your needs and we tell you how we can help. Then, we establish goals to work on (business loan, equity capital, etc.) and we work together to reach that goal. We will meet with you in-person, on the phone, over coffee – whatever works for your schedule. Think of it as having another confidential member on your team - someone who is specifically focused on the business goal you identified as most important - and at no cost to you.

How can the Northern California SBDC help someone just thinking of starting a business?

The Northern California SBDC offers seminars and workshops at each of our centers for individuals who want general information on starting a business, or who are in the initial start-up phase. SBDC consultants can then help you with the details of turning your plan into a successful reality.

How do I become a client?

First, submit an online counseling request form HERE. If you have any questions you can call us at (415) 524-3560 or email the Marin SBDC Director Miriam Karell at
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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.