Posts in West BDC News
Startup Mendocino: Meet the Competitors

We had an incredible outpouring of more than 82 applications for Startup Mendocino. More than ever, people are demonstrating that innovation, dedication to community and ideas involving sustainability, and new products and services abound here in our County.

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Startup Mendocino: Participants Announced, New Sponsor & Tickets On Sale *Today*

We are proud to announce the twelve businesses participating in Startup Mendocino. With an incredible outpouring of more than 82 applications, it’s clear that entrepreneurial ingenuity is alive and well in Mendocino County.

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Startup Mendocino in the Ukiah Daily Journal

We're thrilled at being on the front page of The Ukiah Daily Journal.

Startup Mendocino, the inaugural launch of a countywide, business-pitch competition culminating with a showcase gala event on August 25th at Mendocino College Center Theater where the first-place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, is the brainchild of Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of West Business Development Center (formerly WEST Company).

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Startup Mendocino: Applications Now Open

We are proud to announce that our newest program, Startup Mendocino, is now open.

Startup Mendocino is a series of intense Business Bootcamp trainings culminating in a live pitch showcase gala event for Mendocino County entrepreneurs.

This exciting competition is the first of its kind in Mendocino County. It is designed to discover new and creative business opportunities and business ideas here in our local community. We’re looking for people who seek new ways to solve old problems, people with energy and passion, people who want to build new products and design services that enhance the community they love.

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Small Business Week in Mendocino & Lake Counties

For more than fifty years, by Presidential proclamation, the Small Business Administration celebrates Small Business Week recognizing the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than fifty percent of American either work for a small business or own one themselves – and small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

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Get in on the Food Truck Game: Fort Bragg

Ever since Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin partnered with chef Roy Choi in Los Angeles and started a Kogi Korean BBQ truck in 2008, food trucks have sparked a dining out revolution. Far from just “street food”, food trucks offer top-notch cuisine and drive their success with mouth-watering Instagram posts and well-timed Tweets. The industry is now at $2 billion and growing every day, empowering minority and women-owned businesses, revitalizing communities and even driving economic growth.

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Women Helping Women

West Business Development Center was founded by women trying to make a difference in their community – teaching other women technical skills and giving the tools and capital to lift themselves out of poverty and to start small businesses.  While WestBDC has shifted its focus to offer free business advising and low-cost workshops to all business owners in Mendocino County, one of our core missions with our Women’s Business Center remains. Every month we bring together women from all over Mendocino County to come together and network.

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