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Mary Cervantes

Mary Cervantes is a columnist for the Napa Valley Register.

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Editor’s note: This column was written by Carolyn Gamble.

Are you a small business owner that would like ensure your success? Then the NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training Program is for you.

NxLevel is a California-certified, professional 12-week business-training program for small business owners to hone their business savvy.

It includes research, analyzing, defining, planning and most certainly improving your business. This program is for existing and start-up business owners who want to dive deep, plan ahead and ensure their success.

What to expect

At NxLevel, you will learn from seasoned veterans, Sandy Stelter and Jerry Jinnett, who have co-taught NxLevel Business Training since 1999. The format includes guest speakers, presentations, one-on-one mentoring and networking.

You get a certain magical, supportive, engaging, synergy in class, though it does require dedicated work.

What is your reward?

By the end of the program, you will have written a comprehensive business plan. And you will have a clear path ahead for success in your business.

Results are documented.

On average, NxLevel graduates experienced a 32 percent increase in gross sales and created 1.3 new jobs within one year after graduation. Businesses with annual gross sales with less than $200,000 experienced an average of more than 200 percent increase in sales.

A study showed that the majority of NxLevel participants used the business plan created in the course to obtain venture capital or financing for their business.

“The program helped us develop a “big picture” perspective that was very useful in seeing and evaluating different strategies to grow our business,” said past graduate, Chris Demetre with NC Cellars in Napa.

“Four years into my new public relations business, Doug Ernst & Associates, I needed new information about risk management, how to collect longstanding debts and where to find new sources of clientele,” reported Doug Ernst, a recent graduate.

“The courses were not only practical, they were also fun, as I got to meet people in various stages of business development. The instructors were outstanding and the guest speakers were so good they have been added to my list of associates. This was well worth the investment of time and money!”

Lead Instructor Sandy Stelter has helped hundreds of small business owners reach their goals of owning and operating their own business.

She owns her own small business, Strategic Organizing Solutions, and also works as business advisor at the Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center.

Co-Instructor,Jerry Jinnett is an author of six books on business and she is also an adviser with Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center. She presents the latest, most up-to-date marketing strategies.

So what’s the next step? Attend a free orientation Tuesday, Aug. 30 or Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Napa Valley College.

Weekly classes in the 12-week program include the next session that runs Sept. 20- Dec. 6, Tuesdays, 6:15-9:15 p.m. at Napa Valley College in Napa.

Cost for 12-week program: $375 per person/one business. Add spouse or partner for $50 extra. If extra book is needed, add $100.

To learn more about NxLevel, call 707-256-7250 or visit

Mary Cervantes is the business services director for Napa Valley College Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center. Reach her at 256-7253 or