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What A Gala! Take a look at the event of the year here.Read More
Last night at the Mendocino College Theater, in front of a live audience of more than 225 people, five finalists competed for prizes of almost $20,000.00. Jaime Connolly from the KOZT emceed the hour long event, and every finalist took home a prize.
And the winners are . . .Read More
The enthusiasm in the Sequoia Room at North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg was palpable on Monday night. It was the semi-final round of Startup Mendocino and our esteemed judges Scott Yandell, President/CEO, Savings Bank, Sharon Davis, CEO, Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Heather Gurewitz, Executive Director, EDFC, Jennifer Owen, CFO, North Coast Brewing, Una Wirkebau, Executive Director of Explore Ukiah weighed in on which five of our initial 12 would go on to compete live at our Gala event August 25th.Read More
When was the last time you put all your energy towards learning a new skill -- and got joy from the process? As I watch the journey of each of our 12 intrepid Startup Mendocino entrepreneurs, I love seeing how their smiles have grown with each session. The light bulb is on and they are working hard turning their passions and ideas into a business reality.Read More
The Economic Development & Financing Corporation (EDFC) was formed through a unique partnership between Mendocino County’s four incorporated cities and the county to coordinate and support economic development activity in Mendocino County in 1995. We’re proud to have EDFC as a Startup Mendocino Sponsor and we talked to Heather Gurewitz, the executive director, about her thoughts on entrepreneurship in Mendocino County.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
Two years ago, when I first started at West Business Development Center (formerly the West Company) as CEO, I hosted a screening of the documentary Generation Startup at Mendocino Community College. For the show’s promotion I teamed up with Jeff Parker, then new General Manager of KZYX. The film was about six entrepreneurs in Detroit capturing the struggles and triumphs of people who put everything on the line to build their businesses. It's an honest, in-depth look at what it takes to launch a startup, and it demonstrated the need for more entrepreneurs in our country overall.Read More
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.Read More