Napa Sonoma SBDCSanta Rosa and Napa, California

NxLevel Entrepreneur Training

Improve, Expand or Jumpstart Your Business with NxLevel!

NxLevel™ is the nation's largest and most effective entrepreneurial training network, with more than 300,000 graduates and more than 7,500 certified instructors. In Napa and Sonoma Counties, over 700 business owners have participated in NxLevel since 1998; and classes are held twice a year. What can you expect? "It's like a college course in entrepreneurship for those of us who are already an entrepreneur!"

The FALL 2020 NxLevel Program has scheduled!

  • 4 ONLINE ORIENTATIONS (Required to enroll in either class)
    • Thursday, Aug 27, 6-8pm
    • Tuesday, Sept 1, 6-8pm
    • Thursday, Sept 3, 6-8pm
    • Tuesday, Sept 10, 6-8pm
    • THURSDAYS - online only - beginning Sept 10 (each class 6pm - 9pm):
      • 11 sessions: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19
      • Extra support workshops for hands-on help:
        • Market research hands-on workshop: Saturday, Sept 26, 9am-1pm
        • Financial projections hands-on workshop: Saturday, Oct 24, 9am-1pm
    • TUESDAYS - Location TBD - This class will be in Napa County if possible, but may be only online, depending on Covid-19 recommendations
      • Beginning Sept 10 (each class 6:15pm - 9:15pm):
      • 11 sessions: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/18, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, and 12/1
      • Extra support workshops for hands-on help:
        • Market research hands-on workshop: Saturday, Oct 3, 9am-1pm
        • Financial projections hands-on workshop: Saturday, Oct 24, 9am-1pm

What is NxLevel and What Can you Learn?

The 11-week NxLevel program covers all phases of business planning through lectures, presentations, one-on-one mentoring and networking. It includes defining, improving, and expanding or launching a business. Classes cover marketing, social media, business negotiations, an understanding of financial statements, and efficient management.

Each week, attendees have guest speakers (lawyers, bankers, CPAs, and successful entrepreneurs) who bring their expertise in special areas of business operations. Attendees will research and write a comprehensive business plan and hone their business savvy.  Participants also learn new critical thinking skills, which lead to key strategies for their business. Watch this video to learn more from our NxLevel graduates...


Thanks to program sponsorship, our program is only $375 per person. This includes:

  • 11 weekly training sessions, covering business planning and analysis to strategize and refocus your existing business (or a business you are about to start) PLUS two hands-on workshops to help you with your marketing research and financial statements.
  • Special expert guest speakers on a wide range of topics
  • One-on-one advising throughout the program, support to help you move forward
  • Book and materials

IN ADDITION, you can also sign up a partner or spouse for only $150 (including book, or share a book and it's only $50). 

Spaces are limited and this program is offered only twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall. 

Call (707) 256-7250 for more information or to register for the upcoming NxLevel course in Napa or Santa Rosa.

Want to Learn More? Read more about the NxLevel program in the Napa Valley Register

NxLevel Logo

Need Help Starting or Growing your Business?

It all starts here. Complete the application and submit your request. A member of the SBDC will follow up with you and help you achieve your small business goals -- at no cost to you.


As concerns continue about coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re here to help you navigate available resources, answer your business questions and be a trusted partner for your business
English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.