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StartUp Mendocino

West Business Development Center is pleased to announce that thirteen early-stage entrepreneurs have been selected for the StartUp Mendocino 2022 business accelerator program. This no-cost program is designed to give local entrepreneurs with great ideas the opportunity to participate in an intensive training program to spark new thinking about what is possible for their business, their community, and the economy of Mendocino County.

The program began on January 10, 2022, and will run until the program’s event finale on Thursday June 9, 2022. Over the course of the 23-week program participants will be introduced to new approaches that address business and financial planning, successful branding and marketing, technology and best practices for e-commerce, time management, and how to pitch your business.

StartUp Mendocino 2022 Program Participants

Lanakila Rodriques

Killa Teas is destined to be the #1 provider of fresh boba teas, smoothies, drinks, and the only place for waffle dogs.

Tara Bluecloud

Bluecloud Botanicals offers health consultations & a variety of herbal remedies. They hope to create an event space in the county where others can learn & teach an array of healing techniques.

Lorenzo Rota

Volare Aerial offers advanced drone services for farming and construction using drones to precisely apply beneficial insects to organic crops and tracking construction project progress.

Anabelle Carpenter

Bella Bijou Jewelry uses healing stones to create beautiful, affordable, locally based jewelry with hopes to expand into an art therapy group teaching jewelry making and painting.

Mo Heinrich

Mama Jama launched as a direct-to-consumer food service provider and hopes to add a brick and mortar store to continue to serve soup and salad for the soul.

Betty Torres

Poetic Potions started with aromatherapy products and has transformed into
a network of healers, artists, and social entrepreneurs to empower community healing.

Jamie Umble

Hope Multiplied is serves nonprofits who want to multiply their vision to serve. They provide board management, grant writing, and other management services.

Anthony Wells

Mendocino Drone is an advertising and content studio offering video and photography production, website development, aerial imaging, and marketing implementation.

Lori Enriquez

Happy Rides provides non-emergency medical transportation for Mendocino County residents and beyond. We are “Safe, Compassionate & Professional.”

Jasmine Epperson

Epperson Consulting LLC provides accounting and bookkeeping services offering services to expand niche industries in Mendocino County.

Marshall Ahders

Technix Consulting offers a variety of innovative IT solutions suitable for various industries and for companies of all sizes.

Adam Goldberg

Mendo Grass is committed to growing high quality organic microgreens and wheatgrass using sustainable climate smart farming practices.

Leslie Kashiwada & Daphne Washburn

Mendocino Coast Creative Arts Café envisions opening a storefront to provide music, movement, reading and art opportunities for families with children.

We are grateful for our sponsors of the StartUp 2022 program!

Instructors and Cohort Leaders

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark, Lead Instructor, lives in Mendocino and runs Synergy Business Coaching, working with business owners to apply structure and standards to grow their business in any region and industry. She is passionately driven towards helping leaders build a business that creates the life they want to live.

Kiersten Hanna

is the owner and creative director of Braggadoon Signs & Graphics in Fort Bragg. Her background in fine art photography, museum curatorship, and graphic design has led to collaborations with artists, small businesses, organizations, and public agencies in Mendocino County.

Marie Jones

has worked in the economic development, housing development, consulting, and planning fields for 30 years. She is dedicated to providing practical and implementable solutions that help make communities stronger and more resilient.

Robert Gernert

is a lending manager for the Economic Development & Financing Corp and has worked in the commercial loan business for 2.5 years. He enjoys networking with the community and helping small businesses find the best loan possible.