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Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center - John DeGaetano, STAR Advisor


Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center
- John DeGaetano, STAR Advisor

Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center Advisor, John DeGaetano, has earned the national designation of being Northern California’s State Star for his outstanding performance in assisting small businesses in 2013.

Every year Small Business Development Centers throughout the country nominate their peers for innovative programming and excellence in service to their respective business communities. DeGaetano, a longtime business advisor for several Northern California SBDC centers including the center serving Sonoma and Napa counties, earned the state star designation for helping his clients achieve the highest level of economic success with the region in 2013. 

“John is committed to helping entrepreneurs realize their dream,” said Napa/Sonoma SBDC Business Services Director Mary Cervantes. “His dedication and exemplary work with local SBDC clients has resulted in a variety of new business starts, small business loans, increases in sales as well as new jobs created and retained. John's a pleasure to work with and is a valuable member of the Napa-Sonoma business advisor team!”

All of the nations SBDC State Stars will be acknowledged at a national professional development conference coordinated by America’s SBDC in Dallas in September.

Norcal SBDC Region Program Director Ann Johnson-Stromberg said she was excited to help DeGaetano get recognition for his contributions to the regional network.

“John has been a critical team player in numerous center transitions over the past couple of years assisting North Bay and San Francisco area clients,” Johnson-Stromberg said.  “I’m always really proud to share the impacts our organization helps to create by assisting Northern California small businesses, but none of that would happen without the commitment of impassioned advisors like John.”

The Norcal SBDC Regional Network provides technical assistance and low cost workshops to 13 Northern California counties from the Oregon border to Santa Cruz.  Those services are provided through 12 Service Centers, three satellite offices and numerous outreach locations.

To find out more about the Napa/Sonoma Small Business Development Center and its services, go online to, or call (707) 595-0060. 


About the NorCal SBDC Program: Small Business Development Centers of the Northern California (NorCal SBDC) help individuals start, manage and growtheir businesses. The program is funded in part by the US Small Business Administration and is focusedon helping entrepreneurs take the mystery out of business management focuses on the issues most critical to the success of small business. SBDC Business Advisors are current and former entrepreneurs with the experience to know what it takes to operate profitably and grow a business in Northern California. SBDC services address: business plans, financial projections and budgeting, operating challenges, funding your venture, loan assistance, procurement, and more. All private coaching/advising services are offered at no cost to the client.