Welcome to a brand new year! West Business Development Center’s 2020 NEW Workshop and Webinar Series, are designed for both established small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs. We provide learning opportunities online and in person. So the new year is the perfect time to pick up new skills for your business and learn the art and science of finetuning your business practices. The West BDC workshops and webinars will deliver timely information on a wide range of topics this year including understanding your management style, 2020 tax preparation, building a financial foundation and creating your marketing plan. So register today for one of our exciting low-cost training sessions.

With support from the Norcal Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) West BDC continues to provide industry-specific training programs for food and retail entrepreneurs. Also, our partnership with Visit Mendocino will bring author and national speaker Holly Stiel to Ukiah and Fort Bragg his spring. Holly Stiel distills her 17 years as a concierge on the frontline of a 750-room hotel into fun, vivid, accessible service secrets that are applicable to all industries.

This new year West BDC is offering new hands-on low-cost live Workshops in both Ukiah and Fort Bragg. In addition to the new live Workshops, West BDC is offering in-depth online Webinars, which you can conveniently take in the comfort of your own home. Each webinar is FREE to attend, so check out the schedule here. 

West BDC’s business is to help make your business succeed, which is why January is starting off with the most popular and fundamental workshops. Here’s a quick look at the first few Workshops of the new year. If you’re looking for more one-on-one assistance for your business try signing up for West BDC’s FREE business counseling here.

Register now!

Emergency Preparation For Your Business, a special workshop created to prepare small business after the recent fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties will be offered in both Ukiah and Fort Bragg. Whether it is a natural disaster or extended Power Outage, emergency preparedness is an important part of any business plan. This workshop is free and includes a 56-page workbook where you can write down your business’s unique Emergency Preparation plan. Sign up for the FREE workshop to get the information you need for your business and come away ready with a plan.

Business Basics is West BDC most popular workshop because this is where the magic starts. This engaging workshop provides guidance, and a business overview. This is the perfect starting point, so sign up to get started today.

People: The Art and Science of Managing Employees will offer guidelines for creating an organized strategy, and how to develop and manage one of the most valuable resources; employees and contractors. Sign up for this workshop here

Ready for tax season yet? Don’t fret or let Taxes catch you off guard. West BDC’s Tax Prep Workshop will be offered at the end of January in both Ukiah and Fort Bragg. You can register for Tax Prep Workshop here.

Register Workshops:

Emergency Preparation For Your Business – Fort Bragg

  • Instructor: Rachel Clark

  • January 7th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

Emergency Preparation For Your Business – Ukiah

  • Instructor: Rachel Clark

  • January 8th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

Business Basics: Turn Your Ideas into Action – Ukiah

  • Instructor: Rachel Clark

  • January 21st, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

People: The Art and Science of Managing Employees – Ukiah

  • Instructor: Rachel Clark

  • January 28th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

People: The Art and Science of Managing Employees – Fort Bragg

  • Instructor: Rachel Clark

  • January 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

Tax Prep For Businesses and Contractors – Ukiah

  • Instructor: Jerry Murphy

  • January 27th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

Tax Prep For Businesses and Contractors – Fort Bragg

  • Instructor: Jerry Murphy

  • January 30th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Register HERE

Stay tuned to this page where all of West BDC’s Workshop and Webinar Series descriptions, dates, and links to register are posted. Sign up for our newsletter here so you don’t miss a thing!

Free Business Advising at West Business Development Center

If you are a business of one or a company of 100 employees, at any stage from startup to established, WestBDC offers free business advising  — on whatever topic you might be stuck on. If it’s finding the right loan to expand, staffing your business with the right people or even just wading through new minimum wage requirements, we have experts ready to help you right now. 

Click here to sign up for free advising. We’ll schedule a free, thirty-minute call and then we’ll assign you the free expert advisor you need.

See how these successful businesses set up, grew and expanded with West Business Development Center Free Advising services:

Frosted: Cupcakes & Goodies, Fort Bragg

Seagull Inn, Mendocino

Peace and Plenty Farms, Kelseyville

Smithwood Mercantile, Mendocino

To see more Client success stories check out our Client Stories or our YouTube channel.

Are you a woman-owned business? 

Please join us for our monthly networking events where you can meet other women entrepreneurs and share best practices, knowledge and make friends.

If you are a women-owned business and are interested in hosting Women’s Mendopreneurs Empowerment Night we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at events@westcenter.org.