Start Smart Business Group

Developed specifically for startup businesses and entrepreneurs in Solano and Napa Counties. The Start Smart Roundtable group meets online via Zoom EVERY MONTH. Owners and founders of fledgling businesses meet to work on their business and solve problems by covering topics including marketing strategy, goal setting, finance, time management, customer loyalty, and more.

Wednesday evenings per schedule, 6pm – 7:30pm

What is a Business Roundtable Group?

It’s a group of entrepreneurs who meet online via Zoom EVERY MONTH to work on their business. Each meeting has a Leader/Facilitator who helps plan meeting activities. The group’s success comes from member participation — so showing up monthly is ESSENTIAL!

This is not merely a ‘networking group’ — it is not about selling what you do, but launching and improving your business. We use a ’roundtable style’ so we have time to discuss your unique business issues.

Start Smart Benefits

Learn how to level up your business and share your expertise:

  • A FREE Online Business Resource
  • Build a professional network
  • Connect with Solano and Napa County business owners
  • Exchange knowledge and tools
  • Expert and peer feedback
  • Ongoing online events and business support

Am I Eligible to Join?

Start Smart is open to entrepreneurs who are ready for launch or who have just launched their businesses in Solano or Napa County. This is not a group for existing businesses who need help to grow, but for fledgling businesses at the start of their journey; Must be based in Solano or Napa County.

Spaces are limited. By joining the group, you are expected to show up monthly and participate, including providing input and encouragement to others in the group.

When, Where, and How Long do we Meet? 

Start Smart meets monthly online via Zoom once or twice per month on Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 7:30pm:

  • August 23
  • September 6, 20
  • October 11, 25
  • November 8
  • December 6

For details and to apply, please contact the group leader for all meeting details. You must meet the qualifications and there must be enough space in the group.

What’s the Cost?

There is no membership fee and participation is at no charge for 2023, thanks to funding support by the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

However, you must apply to be accepted. Spaces are limited. See above for the eligibility criteria of the group.

Who are We?

Start Smart is led by Tara Cruz, a Business Advisor for the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

In her consulting work, Tara guides businesses at various stages of business development, from start up to planned growth. Her specialty is working with lean start up businesses, pivots, and marketing.

Questions? Call us at (707) 646-1071

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