Santa Cruz SBDCAptos, CA

Specialty Programs

Santa Cruz County WDB

Rapid Response and  Retention/Layoff Aversion Services The Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Cabrillo Community College District will expand upon and support the efforts of the Workforce Development Board (WDB) and its Career Center and Economic Development partners to assist employers that are either closing altogether or are considering reducing their workforce. In order to provide early intervention to a struggling business to preserve jobs that otherwise might be lost, SBDC will deliver technical assistance including operational analysis, increased profit earning strategies and general "business turnaround" assistance. These services will be provided at no cost to the client. 

​Tech Futures Group

Tech Futures Group (TFG) is a group of experienced advisors who help startups and small, established technology companies.  Their charter is to help technology companies start, grow, thrive and reach the next level.  Since its inception in 2012, TFG has helped companies raise $49 million in capital.

Monterey Bay PTAC

Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps businesses in Alpine, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties to more effectively compete in the government contracting marketplace. Monterey Bay PTAC provides counseling services, workshops, and trainings to help businesses determine whether federal, state, or local contracting is right for your business, interpret complex regulations and complete necessary registrations and certifications.

International Trade Initiative

With 95 percent of the potential customers for U.S. goods and services living outside of the country, exporting provides vast opportunities for American businesses. If you are already exporting to one country, let us help identify other markets to reach. If you have never exported before, make a no-cost appointment with your local SBDC to let us walk you through how to get started. Our goal is to provide guidance and outcomes for small and medium-sized businesses to enhance their exporting success. The world’s 95 percent of potential customers are waiting for you.  

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