Napa Valley College business center wins award

2012-03-08T00:00:00Z Napa Valley College business center wins award Napa Valley Register
March 08, 2012 12:00 am

The Napa Valley College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was recently awarded the SBDC Team Award for highest economic impact for Northern California, and has been recognized by the Northern California SBDC regional network for outstanding performance in 2011, a news release said.

The SBDC Team Award was presented to Napa Valley College SBDC for providing the highest economic impact in Northern California and the Bay Area.

Beth Pratt, Napa Valley College Career Technical Education and Workforce Development director, and the SBDC team accepted the award during the All-Network Conference held in Berkeley on Feb. 3.

It was attended by more than 150 SBDC affiliates and business representatives from Northern California.

“I’m extremely proud that our SBDC, which is the smallest in the region, has been recognized as providing the highest assistance to our local communities,” Pratt said. “This is a testament to the great team of business advisers that we have at Napa SBDC and the solid partnerships we have with our business community.”

According to the release, in 2011, Napa Valley College SBDC provided counseling services of more than 2,300 hours to nearly 400 clients.

The SBDC also provided 100 trainings to 1,040 participants. The documented economic impact includes 195 jobs created and 397 jobs retained. Napa Valley College’s SBDC helped local businesses obtain more than $1 million in loans and nearly $2.4 million in equity financing in 2011. The center also helped local businesses increase their sales by more than $12 million.

Ray Kimball, Napa Valley College business adviser, was recognized for his individual contribution in assisting local businesses to reach their goals.

Business adviser Carolynne Gamble received an award for team efforts and special contribution to the Napa SBDC and the local business community, the release said.

“Both Ray and Carolynne deserve this special recognition for going out of their way to make our SBDC a viable resource for our businesses and community,” Pratt said.

In 2011, Kimball and Gamble and a cadre of other SBDC advisers provided one-on-one consulting and training to nearly 17,000 entrepreneurs. Those services led to the creation and retention of more than 2,500 jobs, sales increases of more than $62 million, and more than $50 million in capital infusion (loans and equity) for client businesses in 2011.

“This special acknowledgment is a way of recognizing business advisers who go beyond the call of duty and who most significantly help the businesses they assist grow and prosper,” said Kristin Johnson, NorCal SBDC regional director.

“The Napa Valley College SBDC and staff are thrilled about this accolade,” Pratt said. “We encourage local businesses to utilize our no-cost and low-cost services to make their businesses stronger. Visit us at or call 253-3210.”

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    glenroy - March 09, 2012 11:12 am
    Peeling away the layers of our economy at the core is entrepreneurship, the one ingredient that keeps us competitive in a world market.

    There wouldn’t be new jobs from new markets/segments like cell phones, tablets, solar panels/systems without those willing to take on a challenge less than 10% succeed.
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