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  • In an ongoing effort to equip small businesses with opportunism to grow, prosper and succeed in this market, the Novato Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Marin in order to provide FREE business counseling serves to Novato Business Owners!

    Meet John! Meet the SBDC

    John DeGaetano is a former bank executive with a strong background in management, leadership and he also has extensive experience in administration, marketing, sales, planning, training operations, auditing, project management and financial analytics. As a Business Advisor with the SBDC, he can help you and your business, whether you are existing business owners, planning to start a business or any step along the way.

    The California SBDC Program is the leader in providing small business owners and future entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging, yet rewarding, economic climate.

    Meeting with John can give you a one-on-one advising opportunities that many small businesses would not be able to typically access,  At NO COST to the client, you can go over anything from start-up basics to financing, or manufacturing g assistance. Please do not let this valuable resource go unused,

    Set Up an Appointment Today and Ask A Business Expert

    John DeGaetano does no work out of the Chamber. Many of his in-person appointments do take place in the Carlile House but please call or email him directly (information below) if you want more information or would like to set up an appointment.

    John DeGaetano

    Parking & Visitors

    Parking is available along DeLong Avenue & Reichert Avenue. There is also a Free-Parking Lot (Zenk Lot) off of Reichert Avenue across the street from Whole Foods Market and the Millworks. PLEASE NOTE: The Carlile House does have parking, accessible from Reichert Avenue, but because the Carlile House also serves as Novato’s Visitor and Information Center there must always be available parking behind the home for tourists. Please have your party consider the available street parking or the Zenk Parking Lot when planning your visit. Thank you

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  • John DeGaetano (left) of the CA Small Business Development Center (Right) often has meetings in the Chamber Offices, at the Old Carlile House (above)

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  • Is creating a strong local economy

    Works to advocating business' interest to government

    Fosters a competitive edge through education

    Helps build business relationships

    Influences political action

    Serves as the region's principle tourism promoter through VisitNovato