It’s been nothing but a positive experience. Our advisor has been a saving grace – she helped us a lot, making us aware of things we would never have known. She helped us to get a grant that allowed us to remodel the studio.

– Diandra Thompson, Co-owner of FTK Martial Arts

The SBDC wrapped their arms around us via email and encouraged us, gave us the latest info on the loans, and consistently responded to me when I had any questions. They have been absolutely instrumental in supporting us in whatever things pop up.

– Tara Mel, Freeline Surf Shop

Every time something went wrong I was on the phone with SBDC. Louise Dawson from the Restaurant Program was always connecting me to someone who would at least give me a second opinion so I didn’t have to navigate my problems alone. SBDC were the only ones I could count on.

– Diane Long, Burger I M

We had zero experience with numbers and at times we were frustrated about having to learn so many things, but now we know how to price and we understand our budget. If you are patient and listen, you will be able to thrive with the SBDC’s help. I can’t believe all this was free!

– Meiko Scott, Hella Nuts

We appreciate all the help the SBDC gave us in completing our business plan and loan application which helped us obtain our loan to purchase our building.

– Rey Almazon, Rey’s Window Tinting & Auto Security

The Cal Coastal SBDC consulting service saved us money, time, and gave us the confidence to make the leap into entrepreneurship. Each session helped organize our efforts and kept us focused on achieving our goals. We always walked away incredibly impressed with what we had learned and energized by that knowledge

– Ryan & Myriah Hopkins, Lavender Creek, Co., LLC

Go for your dreams whatever they are. I have always had a dream of starting my own business and thanks to Valley Sierra SBDC, and my amazing SBDC advisor, I have. My advisor gave me outstanding mentoring and taught me how to start and run a business. I have gained a wealth of experience and am now a proud business owner.

– Sheila Bivens, CEO of Summn Extra

The SBDC’s ongoing support has been nothing short of lifesaving! Just a phone call away – they give me the courage to pursue my dreams, knowing there is nothing I can’t do with this incredible team on my side.

– Roanna Canete, Owner, The Gluten Free Baking Co.

The Brink SBDC and Dr. Martin Kleckner have been invaluable in the success and progress of AccuDava. They dedicated many hours of reviewing and giving advice on our SBIR grant application to the National Cancer Institute, which was successfully awarded $300,000. Their unconditional support continued with extreme efforts that helped us with a $50,000 NIH I-corps grant, which resulted in additional NCI grant funding of $150,000 to extend our diagnostic test application to non-small cell lung cancer.

– Nahid Razi, Founder / CEO, AccuDava.