Startup Resources

Your jumping off point for local and online resources for all stages of your startup.

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Idea and Planning Phase

Local Resources

Startup Redding – We offer free one-on-one advising and consulting for startups, some advising powered by the SCSBDC.
Shasta Cascade SBDC – Get access to free advising from a team of specialized advisors from business planning to execution.
Women’s Business Center at JEDI – Free specialized advising, and despite the name you don’t have to be a woman to take advantage!
Free Coworking – You may be elidgible for free coworking at the Shasta EDC, check out our online calculator to see if you qualify.
Pitch Breakfast – Great ideas don’t grow in a vacuum. Start getting customer validation and feedback on your idea at pitch breakfast.

Online Resources

SCORE Business Plan for Startup Businesses – Transform your idea into a plan with these business plan template.
YCombinator Startup Library – A robust library of all the startup blogs, videos, and resources you could need.
MicroMentor – MicroMentor is a nonprofit connecting entreprenuers and volunteer business mentors from all over the world.

 

Building Your Team

Local Resources

Startup Redding Events – Attend our local events to meet other people interested in the startup space.
Redding Area Designers and Developers – RADD is a local meetup group full of startup-minded people.
Contact Us – We talk to startup-minded people every day, reach out to see if there is anyone local we can connect you with.

Online Resources

TechStars – From startup weekends to online community events, TechStars is a great resource to find like-minded people.
Cofounders Lab – Get access to over 400,000 potential cofounders, team members and advisors on the largest startup platform on the planet.
Equity Directory – An invite-only network of entrepreneurs and startup talent exchanging work for equity.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Local Resources

Pitch BreakfastA local event held every month designed to help you perfect your pitch! Apply today to pitch at an upcoming Pitch Breakfast.
Pitch Advising 
– We offer advising on your pitches to help prepare you for the real deal.
Venture Conference Pitch Competition – Each year at Venture Conference we hold a pitch competition with your chance to win a $10,000 cash prize. Apply today for your chance to be considered for an upcoming spot.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Pitch GuidlinesNot sure where to start? Checkout this FREE download for a jumping off point of what types of things to include in your pitch.
AirBNB Sample Pitch Deck
– Check out what a finished pitch deck looks like by downloading this AirBNB Sample Deck.
Rente Winning Pitch 
– Watch the winning pitch from 2019’s Venture Conference for an example of a great pitch.

 

Forming Your Business

Local Resources

Business Formation Advising – There are many types of business formation to choose from, both the SBDC and Women’s Business Center can help you determine what type of formation is best for you.
Local Banks
 Need a business account? Check out our local banks for great service such as TriCounties BankFive Star Bank,  Cornerstone Community Bank, Merchant Bank of Commerce.
Local Business License
– A quick resource list for local business licenses.

Online Resources

Why Your Startup Should Be a Delaware C-Corporation –A great blog to help you understand why many startups choose to form a Delaware C-Corp.

Developing Your Product

Local Resources

Redding Designers & Developers – RADD is a local meetup for designers and developers and a great place to meet tech talent.

ONLINE RESOURCES

The Lean Startup – A great book on how to develop your product with customer validation in mind.
Upwork – Source online freelancers for your development needs.

Funding Your Startup

Local Resources

Shasta Angels – Apply for a chance to pitch to the Shasta Angels for funding. Applying does not guarantee you will get an opportunity to pitch.
SBDC Advising
– There are many ways to fund your startup from friends and family, to grants, to loans. Our local SBDC can walk you through all of your funding options.

Online Resources

Crowfunding – Fund your startup through crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or iFundWomen.
iFundWomen FREE Crowdfunding Course – A free course that teached you how to successfully crowd fund.
Gust – A platform to help you start, grow, and fund your startup.