Workshops – Starting Your Own B&B


The Carleton Group - Starting Your Own Bed & Breakfast


What others are saying about Starting Your Own Bed & Breakfast Workshop:

“Even though my husband and I already own our own business, we were unsure how to approach opening and operating a B&B.  The workshop not only showed us what to do, but also convinced us that we could do it! The seminar and it’s real-life examples from ForFriends Inn were validating, insightful, and inspirational.”

Shannan & Josh Kaurin
Redondo Beach, CA

“We are considering opening a B&B with friends for our upcoming retirement and needed guidance on the best approach to handling all of the details. The workshop identified key areas requiring attention during the planning and setup phases, provided invaluable guidance regarding operations, and even showed us how to create a business plan with contingencies just in case the business didn’t proceed as planned.”

Dina & Dave Hyde
Long Beach, CA


The course is intended for all aspiring innkeepers. No previous business ownership or innkeeping experience is required.


Workshops are held monthly in Santa Ynez, CA and Thousand Oaks, CA in partnership with ForFriends Inn, a 7-room Bed & Breakfast  located in Santa Ynez, CA,  the gateway to Santa Barbara wine country. A stay at ForFriends Inn is not mandatory but is highly recommended so that aspiring innkeepers may experience first hand the daily operation of a busy inn.

 This workshop differs from others by it’s depth and practical business focus. Other workshops concentrate on the hospitality aspects associated with owning and Operating a B&B.  Although these are touched-on here, our workshop is designed around the belief that regardless of what business you are in, it must be run in a manner that is efficient, is consistent with it’s branding, and above all else, is profitable.


The Starting Your Own Bed & Breakfast Workshop addresses the following topics in depth with first-hand experience and examples

Starting Your Own Bed & Breakfast Course

Contact The Carleton Group today at (805) 390-9374 or for workshop schedule and pricing.
Group rates as well as discounts when staying at ForFriends Inn are available.