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Our marketing advisors assist with every area of marketing for new or established businesses. We offer advising on the best of basics to the most advanced tactics for growing revenue.

Content Creation - Content is King
Learn how to create, craft, and connect with customers using content.

Time: 3:00 - 5 PM

Websites Made Easy
Start our first website or improve on an existing one with this class designed to demystify website building systems. We'll do a live demo of Weebly and will review the merits of CMS other systems.

Time: 4:00 - 6 PM
Our finance advisors are here to assist with every area of finance / accounting from bookkeeping to Quickbooks set up, analysis, and beyond. Our HR advisors can help you navigate employer requirements.

Inclusivity and Diversity Training
Attend and find out how easy building a diverse and inclusive corporate culture can be.

Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Credit and FICO
Learn how the basics of credit and FICO. How to use it and how to fix it.

Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Our regional restaurant advising group is here to help you start, grow, or thrive as a restaurant owner or food manufacturer.

Restaurant Resiliency Fund

This program is designed to benefit low income families in need, the homeless, and will help provide additional revenue to small restaurants impacted by COVID-19.

The initial $100,000 in funding is expected to supply 3,200 meals over a 20-week period beginning June of 2021.

Restaurants will be reimbursed $25 for every meal prepared.

Any restaurant in Vallejo or Fairfield that can provide a pre-packaged hot meal is eligible to participate and invited to complete an online interest form.

Fill out an interest forms for our waiting list.

Amazing leadership is a key component of a business's success.

Vallejo Entrepreneur's Round Table

Join the former VP of Global Sales for Fedex / your SBDC Director, Tim Murrill as he facilitates this peer-to-peer Round Table. Seats are limited! Sponsored by the City of Vallejo to support Vallejo businesses.

We meet the 2nd Thurs of the month and cover a new topic each month.

This month's topic: Avoiding costly marketing and sales mistakes

Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM

COVID Recovery: Leadership Intensive

Join advisor and leadership consultant, Lisa Bishop and learn the techniques of true Leadership Principles and Practices, you will be able to build the confidence it takes to take the lead and grow your revenue faster.

Time: 10:30 - 12:00PM
Starting Your Business - Part 1& 2

Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneurs. Class includes the philosophical and motivational aspect as well as formation requirements.

Time: 10:00 - 11:30PM
Business Planning

Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneurs. Class includes the philosophical and motivational aspect as well as formation requirements.

Time: 2:00 - 4:00PM
Wine Service Techniques- June 14th, 1:00-4:00:

The perfect introductory class for both Wineries and Restaurants! Service is much more
than proficiently performing, it is an attitude and your sales will increase with
mastery. Learn the roles and conduct of the tasting room host / sommelier,
mis en place for service shifts, responsible alcohol service and the proper
wine handling mechanics. Standard wine, Champagne, decanting and tray
service will all be demonstrated by the instructor and performed by each
student with an emphasis on safety. Tools, service temperatures, screw caps,
wax sealed bottles and other challenging scenarios will also be discussed.

Restaurant Wine 101, 4 Part Series- June 21st , 22nd, 23rd &
24th, 2:00-4:00
This program is designed for restaurant owners and managers who want to get a better grasp on the beverage program at their restaurant and learn to speak effectively about wine and other beverages with their guests and sell (more) wine at the table . This program created by Master Sommelier David Glancy will impart the artful strategy involved in speaking about wine with your guests, understanding your restaurant's
wine list, offering food & wine pairing experiences, creating sales through service,
delivering value, and moving with confidence.

Tasting Room 101, 4 Part Series-
August 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th, 2:00-4:00 

Join the Norcal SBDC Restaurant Program and the SF Wine School for an overview on your tasting room essentials and best practices. This program is designed for winery owners and managers who want to get a better grasp on their tasting room program at their winery and learn to provide excellent service, speak effectively about wine with their guests and sell (more)wine in the tasting room.

Wine Program Management for Restaurants and Retailers,
4 Part Series September 7th, 9th, 14th & 16th, 1:00-4:00PM

The return on investment in your restaurant, retail or wholesale/ import
business wine program can dramatically improve your bottom line and even
save a struggling business. This indispensable certificate program, created by
Master Glancy will help students grasp the art and science of Wine
List/Portfolio Development, Beverage Cost Control, Vendor Relations,
Beverage Law, and Inventory Management.

Thriving has as much to do with leveraging resources, as it has to do with understanding the anatomy of a well-run business and what needs fixing...yesterday. Thrive faster.

Business Recovery and Business Assessments:
Discover What You're Doing Right or Wrong
This special program is designed to reveal your strengths and weaknesses in 7 categories of your business. We'll review over 40 aspects of your business and provide you with a new roadmap for your future success.

Get Registered! Get Certified!

In 2019, the federal government awarded approximately $7 billion in contacts to certified Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs). Learn about SBA's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program, and how to use it to leverage your business!

Join us to review the requirements of SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program, discuss latest changes to the WOSB certification process, and explore how to optimize and successfully complete the application on the new portal:

Register Now for May 11, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Click here or

Registering is Easy
The one-time, free registration process is simple: create a login using your name, email, password, phone number and
zip code.
The NorCal SBDC Regional Training team has curated the best of our region's recorded trainings.

The entire library is available to you free of charge.

Learn as much as you want, as often as you want, on any topic you want.

Small businesses can get their COVID-19 lending / legal questions answered by phone, email or webinar:

Phone: 1-833-ASK-SBDC


The Workforce Development Board is our gracious host for our SBA grant. Their main purpose is to help build Solano County's economy by assisting businesses and their employees.

They administered the Layoff Aversion Grant, Solano Grant, Vallejo Grant and work tirelessly to get Solano Business the help they need. Programs offered are:

On the Job Training
50% wage reimbursement program that pays your employee's salary while they learn.

Incumbent Worker Training
UpSkill your workers easily with up to 90% reimbursement for skills training.

Job Placement Assistance for Displaced Workers
Let our team of WDB Advisors help your talent find new places to call home.

Hiring Help - Find Talented Employees with the assistance of WDB
Let our team of WDB Advisors help you find and attract the best talent to and in Solano County.

For more information, contact
Pamela Clemmons
o: 707-863-3551

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For more information, please contact us at:(707) 646-1071 or 

Funded in part through a grant with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development,
the SBA, or the SBDC.

The team of business advisors at the Solano Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network provide
no-cost business consulting and no-cost training programs in business operations and management, marketing, financing business planning, human resources, inclusivity, sales, marketing, and more.