SBDC Questions and Answers

Tech Futures Group

What is TFG’s connection to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)?

TFG is a program of the Northern California Small Business Development Center (Norcal SBDC), and is hosted by Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation (non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation). Eleven main SBDC centers report into the Lead Center — Alameda County, Central Coast, Contra Costa, Hispanic Satellite, Marin, Mendocino, Napa-Sonoma, North Coast, San Francisco, San Mateo, Silicon Valley, and Solano.

The only similarity between TFG and an accelerator is high quality advisors. Unlike many accelerators, we are the complete advisory wing for startups and tech companies. Most accelerators lack the expertise TFG offers in three main areas:

TFG advisors develop an Excel-based business model that provides an income statement, a balance sheet, and a cash flow statement based on inputs;

TFG offers bio-medical manufacturing expertise;

TFG advisors help clients obtain non-dilutive funding from government grants.