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Posted on: April 3, 2020

West Center - Doing Business During Covid-19

The West Business Development Center helps small businesses during the rapid changes brought on by Covid-19 and shelter-in-place directives. They are a Small Business Administration (SBA) center for Mendocino County, and receive up to date information on loans, grants, regulations and processes. All services are free. If you are not already a client you can get started by calling 707-964-7571 or going to the website

Update 5/11/2020: Webinars

NorCal SBDC Finance Center
EVERY Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:30-11:30 am 

Open Q & A sessions COVID Loan for businesses No registration necessary
Join the Meeting

Life After COVID: Brand Commitment StatementTuesday, May 12, 12:00-1:00 PM
Life after COVID will have an impact on industries in different ways. Now, let’s document your new brand commitment statement, so you are prepared for life after COVID. How will your company present itself? What will its newest set of values be?
Topics covered: Understanding the brand commitment statement and its components;
Understanding how to represent those components in a brand commitment statement; Documenting your brand commitment statement; Tools for formalizing; Practicing your brand commitment statement.


Loan Readiness
Wednesday, May 13 from 9-11 AM
Your financial statements are the single most revealing picture of your business. Knowing your numbers can help you cut costs and aid you in decision making. If you are not clear on the money coming in and going out you could be losing money or wasting valuable time. Whether you are new in business or have been in business for years this workshop will teach you about the four key financial reports every business owner needs. This includes income statements, balance sheets, budgets, and a cash plan. Learn how they are built, what they mean, and how you should be using these reports in your business.

ABCs: Facebook 101 for Businesses
May 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Is your business tip-toeing into the world of social media? Are you ready to try out a social media platform to reach out to customers? Find out how to sign up and create a Facebook Business page, learn and understand the elementals that make for productive use of the platform--things like professional content that showcases your product or service, and posting. Register:

Update 4/20/20: Mendocino Business Roundtable: Restaurants
Date: Friday April 24 / 5-6 pm
Register Link:
West Business Development Center roundtable discussion to hear from  business owners, about ideas for recovery and specific information your for your industry to achieve maximum productivity in a COVID19 economy. Limited to 50 attendees Priority seating for business owners.

Update 4/16/20: SBA Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) have both reached their capacity of funding.

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