Starting a Business in Napa/Sonoma
This orientation is designed to be a starting place for those considering jumping into business for the first time. The workshop will provide you with a start-up guide, as well as a general overview of the things to consider when starting a business such as:
- Business Licensing Requirements
- Business Taxes You Are Required To Pay
- Legal Form of Organization
- Components of a Business Plan
Get started planning your business today!
About the Presenter
Michael Basayne holds an MBA in Business Planning and Performance/Finance, and has a background in banking, consulting, and government, with focus on agriculture, the wine industry, and real estate. Mike holds degrees and certification in business and finance from St. Mary’s College, U.C. Berkeley, and University of Washington and he currently teaches various workshops through the SBDC and Napa Valley College.
He is a strong advocate of staying engaged and embracing continuous improvement to enhance one’s skills. His banking career began in agriculture and then expanded to venues in commercial, corporate and investment banking. Mike’s activities included supporting California’s wine growing regions, where he worked with grape growers, engaging in vineyard development and winery operations.
As a consultant he developed succession and transition plans for families, which included business valuation, construction, project management, and performance planning. As a former and current Napa City and County government official, Mike collaborated to make land use decisions that promote good stewardship, conservation easements, watershed and open space protection.