Cal Coastal SBDCServing Monterey and San Benito Counties.
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

Our team members are committed to making a difference for small businesses like yours. 

Our expert business advisors are passionate about helping businesses succeed. They bring extensive hands-on business experience to each client situation, ensuring you receive practical “real world” advice that can be applied to daily operations. Business advisors’ expertise covers all key business areas, and they will work closely with you to develop productive solutions.

Our staff will make every effort to assist you. They can answer questions, arrange meetings with consultants, and help with signing up for classes.


Cindy Merzon, BS


(831) 676-2022

Sharon Mikesell

Program Manager

(831) 676-2002

Rosmery Ramirez

Project Coordinator

(831) 676-2017


Bob Komoto, MS

Export, International Trade

Bob Kramer, MBA, MA

Strategic Planning, Business Startup and Management, Government Contracting

David Mancera, MS

Agriculture, Finance, Marketing, Business Management

Claudia Newcorn, MBA

General Business and Marketing

Favian Rodriguez, MBA

Finance, General Business Management, Startup Assistance

Loree Van Bebber, BS

Finance, Financial planning

Jim Wagoner, BS

Engineering, Operations Analysis, Product Development, Production Management, Technology
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.