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Success Assured for Local Businesses

By Carolynne Gamble

Help is at hand to ensure success for all local businesses. Workshops, resources, business 

advising, loan and grant assistance are offered free of charge by the Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).   

If you’re a small business owner, you have access to an entire cast of expert Business Advisors ready to extend more than advice – all are heartfelt and personally committed to the success of your small business.  

Areas of expertise available to you include: start-up help, marketing, funding and finance, human resources, buying a business, accounting – nearly all aspects for small business success.  

How do you access this free help? Simply sign up for services at

An SBDC staff member will contact you with the next steps. Services are offered in Spanish as well. Explore the website to learn more:

Highlighting Three Napa Businesses Using SBDC Services

Be Bhalo  

Be Bhalo produces organic, seasonal –Freeze Dried Snacks & Meal Mixers. The fruits and vegetables are sourced from local farmer’s markets and farms, then vacuum freeze dried. Be Bhalo sells these tasty treats in eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging.

Snacks include organic, fresh fruit snacks (apples, pears, oranges, persimmons, etc.). Meal Mixers include roasted mushrooms, corn, zucchini, onions and more. You can buy their products online and also purchase products at the Napa Farmers Market.

“We have had a great time working with Solano-Napa SBDC in the Business Accelerator Grant Program,” says Be Bhalo Founder, Anjuli Bhattacharya. “The advisors are kind, helpful and so very knowledgeable in their fields and beyond. The free classes and resources have allowed us to better understand our business and business in general.” – Anjuli Bhattacharya

Be Bhalo Founders/Partners, Anjuli Bhattacharya 

and Larry Fichera


Fifth Sun Electric

Fifth Sun Electric is a full-service electrical company, family owned and operated in Napa, serving Napa Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Services are available for both residential and commercial projects, including new construction, renovation, house calls, troubleshooting electrical issues, or fixture installation and lighting upgrades.

The company is fully licensed and insured, with 20+ years of experience. “Every job is done with professionalism, exceptional service, and quality workmanship,” promises owner Oscar Rivera. “Safety is always a top priority!” Fifth Sun Electric will show up on time and complete the job within the agreed-upon timeframe.

“I enjoyed working with Solano-Napa SBDC. Their mentorship was the most valuable resource, their advice and guidance made things much easier than when we tried to figure out things on our own. It also gave us an opportunity to network with other small-business owners and community members.” – Oscar Rivera

Fifth Sun Electric

Founder, Oscar Rivera


Wine Travel Photography

Dandy Noel started her Napa business in 2019. She is a professional photographer with a background in film, a certified sommelier, and has toured over 500 wineries.  Her business offers unique and personalized wine country tours and photography.

Dandy creates vibrant photos with a distinctively artistic touch. From portraits to landscapes, her photographs are both innovative and classic – capturing the special moments for guests that are visiting Napa Valley. 

“I’ve worked with SBDC for the past five years, and it has significantly enhanced my business. Their expert guidance has allowed me to understand different facets of business expansion while providing a diverse selection of online courses. With their assistance and knowledge, I’ve developed a business plan, presentation, marketing strategy and pitch deck. Whenever someone inquires about business growth advice, I always suggest reaching out to SBDC.” – Dandy Noel

Wine Travel Photography 

Founder, Dandy Noel



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