This newsletter contains information on the workshops coming to Solano SBDC this June. After these workshops, we will be taking a summer recess. Our next workshops will start in September. Enjoy the summer!


Restaurant Series: Understanding Food Costsfoodcosts

Monday, June 11
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

Do you really know how much that Chicken Caesar Salad costs you to make? Whether you are an existing restaurateur looking for a refresher course, or a start-up food business, this workshop is for you.

Special opportunity! Guest teacher Louise Dawson is a SBDC Business Advisor and Hospitality Specialist from the Bay Area with 30 years' experience starting, running, advising, and turning around restaurants and hospitality businesses.

You will learn:
  • Industry benchmarks for food cost
  • Industry techniques for calculating plate cost
  • How to price for profitability
  • Best practices for managing inventory
  • Weekly flashcards and how to establish a budget
Louise Dawson is an SBDC Certified Business Advisor and Hospitality Specialist who brings to her clients over 30 years of industry experience: owning and operating bars, restaurants and retail consulting, advising, teaching, and training, Louise brings real-life experience to start-ups, with pre-opening education and organization and, to existing businesses, operational strategy and ongoing systems and training.
Successful Startups in Solano startupsjune

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

First Steps: Learn the pros and cons of starting your own business and how to position yourself as a successful entrepreneur. We will share invaluable resources to take a new business through the nuts and bolts of starting your business including licenses and permits.

Business Planning: The second session will provide an overview of the business planning process and share a multitude of key information sources for developing your business plan.

You will also learn how to take advantage of the Small Business Development Center's free training and advising services for your new business, and more! 
for Part 1
Instructor Sandy Markus has been in entrepreneurial environments her whole professional career in corporate divisions, venture capital funded start-ups, and launched her own small business. She has been a lead SBDC Advisor and Trainer for startup businesses for six years.

Sandy brings a unique understanding and experience in and with start-ups, marketing and business development in the service, retail, wholesale, software-as-a-service, education, and nonprofit sectors.
Norcal Defense Supply Chain Resource Fair & Procurement Expoexpo

Friday, June 8, 2018
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Solano College Vallejo Center
545 Columbus Pkwy
Vallejo, California 94591
Discover procurement opportunities to diversify your business, tap into resources to help make your business more competitive, and become more resilient in the area of cybersecurity. The following exhibitors will also be participating as part of the Agency and Resource Partner Procurement Expo component of the resource fair with an opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings during the match making session.

Solano SBDC


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance of our workshops. Contact the Solano SBDC at 707.646.1071 or email intakes@solanosbdc.org