One of the obstacles that Alice and her partners faced was selecting a site for their daycare business. They wanted to buy an existing business, but it didn't turn out as planned, so they decided to start a new business. They considered locations that would be close to their clients and available for the parents. Very few attractive locations matching what the client was looking for were available. They found one location that needed significant improvements but didn't have sufficient funds to make the improvements.
"Just when you think that the SBDC has provided enough resources and information, they let you know that they have more referrals or more topics. The help didn't only end when we started the business, they continued to provide us with knowledge that we need to be successful."
SBDC advisor Dennis Murphy guided them through the site selection process and obtaining the funds to remodel their location. They received assistance with business structure, investment required, budgeting, business operating systems, and state of CA regulations for a childcare business.
CEO of HiView Solutions, Miles initially sought guidance at the SBDC from an advisor with expertise in technology partner businesses akin to HiView Solutions. His challenge was navigating personnel issues and determining the essential staff required for business expansion.
"As an entrepreneur on the Central Coast, I highly recommend signing up for the SBDC. Take the opportunity to connect with fellow community members and business owners. Within this dynamic network of entrepreneurs, we are all engaged in the pursuit of growth. Immerse yourself in this environment to access valuable support and resources."
HiView Solutions received consulting in operations, personnel, financial management, access to capital, and tax planning from an industry expert advisor.
Central Valley Ag Exports, Inc. is a company that was created in 2005 by CEO Didier Vivies. He started as a middleman and exporte goods (commodities) to his island, Guadeloupe, for about three years. He then decided to open up his own warehouse in California's Central Valley, known to be one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. The SBDC assisted the business owner in finding financing with banks or financial institutions to find the best loans for Central Valley Ag Exports. SBDC consultant Olga Martinez continued to support CVAG with their current and future customers.
"Our goal now is to keep being open to new opportunities and to grow our business by being open to new opportunities to and to grow our business by being a reliable and good partner to our current customers and to new customers. Being an SBDC client has brought us so much, thanks to our SBDC consultant Olga Martinez. We have gained so much growth by the resources that our consultant has shared with us."
The SBDC and Olga Martinez provided 84.5 hours of consulting focusing on government contracting and exporting.
Central Valley Ag Exports, Inc has created 17 jobs and had a change in sales of $1,754,607.