Marin SBDC Kicks Off Fall 2018 With Workshops That Provide Marin County Business Owners Tools and Strategies for Growth

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Marin County Businesses are Invited to a Series of Educational Workshops Aimed at Helping them Grow and Prosper. Topics Range from Finance to Facebook and Everything In-between.

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These workshops are invaluable to Marin County business owners.

The Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced a series of low-cost business workshops that give local entrepreneurs the knowledge and tools they need to build their businesses. Led by leading industry professionals with clear, hands-on teaching methodologies, these workshops will dive deep into topics like business planning, setting up a web store, leveraging Google to drive online leads, sales techniques that work, the ins and outs of Facebook advertising, growing a catering business, SEO, and a comprehensive 10-session series delivered in Spanish on building a business.

"These workshops are invaluable to Marin County business owners," said Ann Grace, MBA, principal consultant at Clear Lake Marketing Solutions and guest lecturer for two of the upcoming SBDC workshops. "They provide both high-level training," continued Ms. Grace, "as in the case of the business planning and crowdfunding workshops, and hands-on, step-by-step instruction about how to take one's business to the next level. College credit classes can be time-consuming, and these workshops are a terrific way for business owners to build their skills in a short burst. Moreover, they are affordably priced and offered at convenient times."

Miriam Hope Karell, Director of the Marin SBDC, has a mission. She leads a team of 15 professionals who provide free business advising to Marin business owners to keep them growing at the pace they want. “Miriam is one of the hardest working people I know,” said workshop lecturer Ann Grace. “I’ve never met anyone more dedicated to her cause. The quality of consultants she makes available to Marin County businesses is phenomenal. Companies that receive business coaching from one of her trusted advisors walk away feeling empowered and better equipped to navigate the challenges in front of them.”

The Marin SBDC works with all industries and all business types from start-ups to decades-old established companies. If your company can benefit from free business advising, the SBDC encourages you to start your application here:


Business Basics Series: Planning; Sept 13 | 6 – 9 pm
Business Basics Series: Finance and Legal; Sept 20 | 6 – 9 pm
E-commerce: Create an Online Store; Sept 18 and 25| 6 – 9 pm
Get Recognized Using Google My Business and AdWords; Sept 25 | 1-2:30 pm | Register Here
Getting the Yes: Communication Tactics for Better Sales; Oct 4 | 6 – 9 pm
Storytelling Marketing: The Authentic Way to Attract Customers; Oct 9 | 6 – 9 pm
Facebook Advertising & Marketing; Oct 24 | 6 – 9 pm
SEO Strategies to Get Noticed Online; Nov 6 | 1-2:30 pm | Register Here
From Kitchen to Market; Tuesday, Nov 6 | 1 – 4 pm
Crowdfunding Made Easy: Kickstarter and Indiegogo; Nov 14 | 6 – 9 pm
Construyendo Mi Negocio (Building My Business); Tuesdays and Thursdays 6– 9 pm | Oct 2 – Nov 1

To register for these and other SBDC programs, go to Please note that some of these workshops are restricted to certain cities within Marin; others are all-inclusive.

About the Marin SBDC
The Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising and low-cost workshops to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, they have helped hundreds of Marin County businesses find the resources and tools necessary to grow. The companies they serve range from small, one-person operations to 'larger' SMBs across a wide variety of industries including food & beverage, technology, home and consumer products, counseling services, fitness facilities, tour companies, photography studios, and more.

Special Thanks to the Organizer, The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is an innovative 501(c)6 organization dedicated to our vibrant, small-town community, in a variety of ways, including support for our successful local business community and persistent engagement with both our residents and visitors.

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