Santa Cruz SBDCAptos, CA


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Starting a Business

Starting a business in Santa Cruz County Checklist   View the Checklist

SBA Guide to Starting a Business   Go to

Santa Cruz SBDC's Business Resource Guide   View the Guide


Lean Planning Canvas (business planning brainstorm)  

View the Canvas   Written Instructions  Instructional Video

Business Plan Template ​  PDF   WORD

SBA Online Planning Template   Go to

Marketing Plan   PDF   WORD

Financial Forecasting   PDF   EXCEL

SBA Financial Management Guide   PDF


Forecasting Sheet   EXCEL 

Monthly Forecast vs. Actual   EXCEL


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