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All Season Soccer, Novato

“There were simply too many things I did not know about getting a retail business started, and [the Marin SBDC’s] direction kept me from making costly mistakes.”

Susanna Frohman Photography, Bay Area

"Working with my SBDC Advisor has taught me important networking, negotiating and business skills that are the key to my current success."

Next Phase Solar, Inc., San Rafael

"It has been a pleasure working with Ashwin Gulati as a business advisor for Next Phase Solar in 2011. With his support, we were able to refocus our business plan and significantly increase revenues, expand our team and secure investment."

Present Life Counseling of Marin, Kentfield

"[Noah of the Santa Rosa SBDC] consistently asked key business questions which encouraged my creative thinking, and provided solid general encouragement and support for my business."

Market Rates Insights, San Anselmo

"I appreciate the support and guidance that the Santa Rosa SBDC extended to me, and I can say that results show that the SBDC does make a difference."

ECOlunchboxes, San Rafael

"[We have] benefited tremendously from the opportunity to work with Ashwin Gulati during this critical stage... With his support, we were able to evaluate our areas of strength, plan a strategy for expansion, obtain loans & significantly increase revenues."

Pelo Fitness, San Rafael

“One of the best things about working with the [Marin] SBDC is that it helped me grow at a pace I could handle. It was fantastic that they also shared my vision for creating the very best indoor cycling studios.”

Vignette, Sebastopol

“I’m where I’m at now because of Robert Toering. [He] was a trusted friend and mentor who was not going to be satisfied until I succeeded. And I’m succeeding so I think Robert is happy now.”

APEX Motorwerks, Novato

“John [DeGaetano] helped me understand how to value my business and review my financials so I could bring on a partner and buy a building to double my business capacity.”

Travels with Teri, Sausalito

“If I did not have help from the [Marin] SBDC, I would not be here where I am. I’m growing and growing, and have referred at least 40 people to the SBDC based on my experience.”

About the Marin County SBDC


Do you need someone to review your business plan to get a loan or attract investors?
Are you thinking of expanding your business with new hires and new office space?
Would you want help getting your business set up correctly and efficiently?

These are only a few of the ways the Marin SBDC at Renaissance Marin can assist you; the list can go on for pages! That’s how serious we are about helping you grow your small business and be wildly successful. Our passion is your success. 
We have a team of 17 talented, seasoned business professionals (our Advisors) who are ready to work with you and help you with all your business needs. In all honesty, there are very few questions they cannot answer; it’s like having your own personal dream team/support squad at your service. Our Advisors make the Marin SBDC special as it is our commitment to provide you with the best resources. We work with all types of businesses and at any stage of development. Check out our success stories.
The best part about the Marin SBDC is that all business advising is free! Thanks to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Marin Community Foundation, we can offer you no-cost business advising. All you have to do is apply.

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