The Women’s Business Center at JEDI offers no and low-cost business training, consulting, and resources to individuals in the Far Northern California region and beyond. We support small business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups with education, mentorship, and problem-solving. We provide online courses, virtual webinars, in-person events, and access to curated community partner resources. We strive to offer support without judgment or barriers.
Are there any restrictions on getting services?
The WBC at JEDI offers small business and consulting services to entrepreneurs who complete a new client intake form. Once a new client discovery session is complete, you can receive up to 12 consulting sessions per 12-month period.
How important is it to do a business plan?
It is critical to think through your business thoroughly, and research pertinent information about the marketplace you will be entering BEFORE you invest much of your time, energy, and money to begin forming the new business. We offer access to consultants who can help guide you through the market research process as well as creating a business plan when you are ready.
Do you only serve women?
We provide services to everyone. WBC at JEDI doesn't discriminate based on gender, religious affiliation, race, or sexual orientation.
Can you help me even though I live out-of-state?
You are welcome to take any of our webinars. Our no cost consulting services are on a case-by-case basis.
How can I get grants for my woman-owned business?
Most grants are designed for businesses that are already in operation. Depending on your industry and where you’re located, there may be grants available to your startup business. We encourage you to meet with our advisors to explore funding options for your business.
How much do services cost?
Service costs are based on your ability to pay. Most of our services are low and no cost thanks to government and grant funding.
Do you have grants for small business or startups?
The Women’s Business Center at JEDI does not offer grants, but our advisors can assist you in researching available grants and preparing your application materials.
I need a better accounting system, can you help me?
As your small business grows, having access to a financial accounting system is key. Our Quickbooks specialist can help you get started and answer your small business accounting questions.
Do you lend money?
The WBC at JEDI does not lend money; however, we work with several local banks and alternative lenders to assist you in getting the capital you need for your small business. Learn more by visiting https://www.wbcjedi.org/business-funding
Can the WBC at JEDI help me with debt?
Yes, we have a credit building workshop, and the trainer is available for one-on-one counseling with clients. Learn more by contacting us at [email protected]
Do you have anyone that can build a website for me?
The WBC at JEDI offers training and consulting so that you can learn how to build a website for your business. We are not able to build websites for our clients. We can also refer you to a for-hire website developer.
I need more than 12 consulting sessions; can I continue with my advisor?
If you wish to continue with your advisor after your 12th session (in a calendar year), please contact [email protected] or reach out to the Intake and Program Specialist. 530-926-6670 / 530-319-8560
Do trainings and workshops count against my sessions with a small business advisor?
In-person training, workshops, webinars, and events do not count as sessions with a small business advisor.