The SBDC consultant helped me see things clearly and their advice has been instrumental in my maintaining momentum and growth and prosperity for my school, myself, my students, and my staff. I appreciate their helping me analyze and better understand my business, because sometimes, as a business owner, you just get too close to see things the way they need to be seen. Looking ahead, with some new expansion opportunities on the horizon, I know that when I need help, the SBDC will be there as a resource for me.
The results of working with the SBDC have been invaluable, and we’re on a steady growth trend. The SBDC training and consultants taught us the necessary tools to properly plan and operate a business and keep it operationally and financially healthy and growing. But the SBDC also helped us understand the importance of having a purpose and establishing a sound foundation of values and principles on which to build a business. We also have come to appreciate that running a business is about persevering – once you get started, you don’t quit, and you ask for help when it’s needed.
Discovering the SBDC was literally a game changer for me. I walked in looking for help with a couple of business ideas. I walked out with not only a new business idea that could replace all the piecemeal things I was doing, but also connections to a variety of resources to help me launch the business. The SBDC team has coached and inspired me every step of the way, from concept and licensing through developing a business plan, marketing strategy and tools, website and social media outreach efforts. My business is up and running, thanks to the SBDC team.
Working with the SBDC helped us develop new approaches to different issues, and come up with productive solutions that benefited our company for both the short and long-term. I appreciate the fact that their consultants have taken the time to understand my business, and listen and work with us, rather than using a set procedure that may not be applicable.
The SBDC helped us write our business plan and carefully craft financial projections to assist us with getting the funding we needed for our business venture. Because of their guidance, and the thorough understanding of this business from putting in the work and research it took to craft a good business plan, we were able to answer questions to the satisfaction of potential investors. This led to a total $300,000 investment into our project.
I attribute the existence and success of my company to the efforts of the SBDC. I came to them as a graduate student at UC Merced with no business experience and they helped me develop a business. With their constant guidance and support we are about to open our third center and the future looks even brighter.
Working with the SBDC made a significant and measurable difference to our company. Our consultant assisted us with looking at our business practices in a more structured manner, and challenged us to ‘think different’ about our sales efforts and planning processes. She kept us on task, and guided us in preparing a Business and Marketing plan that we have been executing. As a result of our successes, we have been able to staff up for a significant amount of growth.
The SBDC has assisted my business in the areas of finance, marketing and business planning. I believe the SBDC is a key resource for business owners, whether they are long-established or start-ups. At no cost, our business received extensive, one-on-one professional business advising.
The SBDC program has provided services to assist us in our new growing business that we would otherwise not have been able to obtain due to “New Business” financial constraints! We can’t say enough about all the wonderful and knowledgeable SBDC consultants we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Thank you – you’ve helped us make our business possible!