Membership and Member Advocacy

Certificates of Origin

Certificates of Origin are necessary to export goods from California. This is offered at no charge to our members. There is no limit to the number of certificates a member may have authenticated during the year. Certificates of Origin prove where a product was manufactured. Most companies supply their own forms, but you can use the sample from this site. The paperwork should be completely filled out when brought to our office during office hours (M-F 10 to 4). We will stamp and sign for the proof of origin. Be aware that some nations have strict laws for imports and may require a specific type of Certificate of Origin.

Score Santa Cruz County

SCORE is a non-profit organization of successful business executives who volunteer their knowledge and experience to help others who want to succeed in their business. There are almost 400 chapters of SCORE in the country, with a history of over 40 years of counseling America’s small businesses. Any small business can meet with SCORE counselors to get help with starting a small business in Santa Cruz County. SCORE Counselors are also available to assist any existing business who wants to expand, or just need some business advice from another perspective.

WHAT SCORE DOES

SCORE provides FREE, confidential, mentoring sessions.

SCORE assists the client with preparing and reviewing a Business Plan that can document the information a client needs prior to applying for a loan or looking for investors. We also give directions in registering a business and establishing a business structure.

SCORE also suggests methods to market the client’s product or service. This is one of the most important steps in starting and operating a successful business.

SCORE also offers FREE legal assistance in reviewing documents such as leases, franchise agreements, partnership agreements, or any other document. Potential SCORE clients owe it to themselves to avail themselves of the valuable services that SCORE offers.

SCORE also offers Small Business Classes, Webinars and Workshops. Visit score.org to find a class near you

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes business development and supports member’s interest by offering special programs and services for businesses throughout the year.  

The Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising, low cost workshops and small business trainings to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment.

The Santa Cruz SBDC serves all of Santa Cruz County, is hosted by Cabrillo Community College, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network.  We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC Can Get You Started:

Deciding – In person and online “First Step” courses help explore if opening a new business or buying an existing business or franchise is right for you.

Moving Forward – SBDC consultants provide guidance on all aspects of your business launch, including your business plan, feasibility and financial analyses.

Acquiring Capital – Receive referrals to investors and banks, review financial management practices, and discuss loan package preparation.

Gaining Market Research – Utilize SBDC research tools to obtain market reports, financial models and industry meters to help launch your business.

Targeting Your Market – Refine your industry analysis, identify your customer base and research your competitors.

Certifying Your Business – Learn what opportunities are available to women, minority, or veteran-owned businesses along with certification requirements.

SBDC Cabrillo Community College

(831) 479-6136
(831) 479-6166

6500 Soquel Drive
Building 2100C
Aptos, CA 95003

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