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A qualified advisor can increase business success rate up to 70%

Your dedicated advisor will support you every step of the way, and help you avoid mistakes and missteps that so many business owners make
Brett Dickstein
Brett has 20 years of management consulting experience with practical business acumen from working at growth-oriented companies in the areas of product development and marketing, business intelligence, demand analysis, market entry, partnerships, fundraising, corporate governance, and investor relations.
Jim Fitzhugh
Jim served as the Chair of SCORE LA advising over 200 small businesses and startups. He has worked with UPS, managing $1.9 billion in sales with such large accounts as Apple and Walmart. Jim has a Masters in International Business from Thunderbird University.
mike huntley
Mike has over 30 years of international sales and marketing experience in aerospace, automotive, medicine, oil and gas, and electronics. He holds an MBA from CalState Dominquez Hills as well as an executive management certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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Our Partners


"Community colleges play a critical role in preparing students for entrepreneurship.  Bakersfield College’s partnership with StarItUp is an innovative way for us to help students build the skills and experience they need to be competitive in an evolving industry landscape.”

Sonya Christian, President of Bakersfield College
“StartItUp is a cutting-edge thing that the city is doing for entrepreneurs that actually has never been done. As you start answering questions about yourself and your business idea, the algorithms in the chatbot [an artificial conversational entity] connect you with a mentor who is similar to you or has the skill set that can address your needs.”

John Keisler, Director of Economic Development
We partnered with StartItUp to fulfill our commitment to small and mid-sized businesses, who are the backbone of the Bakersfield economy. StartItUp will help SMBs vet their business idea, receive advising at the right time and better understand their entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses.”

Nick Ortiz, Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
"We partnered with StartItUp to identify those entrepreneurs ready for advising, get a clear picture of their strengths/weaknesses and scale the number of businesses we could serve.

With consistent feature additions, improved tools and scalable communications methods for our advisors, StartItUp is aligned with our mission of helping entrepreneurs access capital, develop business and financial models, connect to global markets, and grow their business”  

Pat Nye Regional Director - Los Angeles Small Business Development Network