Confidential Consultation

Bergen SBDC offers one-to-one counseling (at no cost to the client) to business owners and entrepreneurs by providing professional management counseling and analysis in such areas as: financing, accounting, record keeping, business planning, marketing, advertising, sales and international trade. Consultations are strictly confidential and at NO cost. In order to obtain a free counseling session, please complete the Request for Counseling (RFC) form or call 201- 489-8670.

Seminars and Workshops

Thousands of people take advantage of the Bergen SBDC affordable, strategic training seminars.These training seminars and workshops are part of an on going series designed to provide business owners with skills (basic to advanced) necessary to successfully operate their businesses. These workshops are delivered by hands-on practitioners enabling attendees to return to their organizations with useful skills to be implemented immediately. Please visit the Bergen SBDC Calendar of this site to view classes offered during the current session.

SBE/MBE/WBE Certification

Small Business Enterprise Minority Business Enterprise Certification (MBE)

Woman Business Enterprise Certification (WBE)

As of July 10, 2003, the NJ Set-Aside Program was eliminated for women-owned and minority owned businesses; however the NJ Commerce and Economic Growth Commission will continue to certify M/WBE’s to expand their participation potential in non-state set-aside private sector contracting opportunities. In addition, all firms that meet the criteria are encouraged to apply as a Small Business Enterprise in order to be eligible for the benefits provided by the State and non-state set asides.The Bergen SBDC can assist businesses through the certification process free of charge.In order to obtain a free counseling session, please complete the Request for Counseling (RFC) form. To obtain an RFC, please call 201- 489-8670.

Government Procurement

Are you ready to expand your markets? This is one of the most important questions any small business owner must ask. If the answer is yes, the next question might be: “Should the government be one of these new markets?” If you can produce a quality product and deliver it on time and at a reasonable price, the answer may be yes. To help you assess your readiness for government marketing and learn how to identify and successfully apply for government contracts, the Bergen SBDC can assist you through the process. Bergen SBDC offers workshops and counseling to introduce small and medium size businesses to the US Government and NJ State Government procurement processes.

The Entrepreneur Certificate Program

Maximize your business sales and profitability. Position your business in a highly competitive market.Guarantee successful returns.Brought to you by the NJ Small Business Development Centers and the School of Continuing Education of Bergen Community College, together we are committed to the growth of small business.

Entrepreneur Group’s Business Start-Up Guide Library

Entrepreneur Group owned by the same company who publishes Entrepreneurial magazine, has analyzed over 200 different businesses and published its investigation in these start-up guides.Information has been gathered and compiled from various sources – people in the business, suppliers to the business, trade associations, consultants and other experts. The Bergen SBDC offers these guides free as a reference source to clients. All that is asked is that an appointment is scheduled for use of the Bergen SBDC conference room by calling 201-489-8670.

Business Video Library

Bergen SBDC has a series of helpful business videos (some produced by Inc. Magazine) for client use. These videos can be viewed in our conference room by business owners and their staff to get vital, how to information on such areas as Financing, Customer Service, Marketing, Business Plans and much more.