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Let's Make Room, Oakland

“Having access to a small business resource like the Alameda County SBDC is what made it possible for me to get the information I needed to know about starting my own small business...I still can’t believe I got the time of a small business consultant for free.”

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats, Oakland

“Working with the [Alameda County] SBDC is like a mentorship, my business advisor gets me on a personal level, and understands how my business works.”

The Butcher's Guild, Alameda County

“Fare Resources helped us develop from a concept to a business.”

Magic Detailing, Oakland

"I cannot believe how much information SBDC provided my small business for free. I learn something new at every seminar I attend and I am truly grateful for the help I received from the SBDC."

Cabana Dave's, Livermore

“2014 is going to be a spectacular year, and we could not have done it all without the help of the [Alameda County] SBDC and Deagon William in particular!”

A Common Space, Alameda County

“It can be hard to ask questions, but Ron had our back and helped us a lot with our business plan. [H]e guided us to communicate with lenders - the presentation process was smooth, and we received our loan. It’s great to have this support from the [Alameda County] SBDC.”

Niles Pie Company, Union City

"Deagon [of the Alameda SBDC] was realistic and encouraging at the same time, lending us much-valued industry expertise that’s enabled us to grow from an idea and a dream into a solid business that has a growth plan for the future."

Savvy Nanny Pay, Berkeley

"No smart business owner goes it alone without advice and assistance. What surprised me about SBDC and Paula Groves, in particular was the wealth of knowledge she had on every aspect of starting a business, start to finish."

Paragon Uniform Inc., Oakland

In 2009, Paragon successfully bid as a prime contractor and received the award of a contract with the State of California Department of Public Health. In addition, Paragon has partnered with a well-known regional laundry as a sub-contractor to provide services in Alameda County.

Mayvenn, Oakland

“Paula was instrumental in helping me get started on the complex and sometimes cloudy process of fund raising for a technology company.”

The Alameda County SBDC (Small Business Development Center)

The Alameda County SBDC provides tools and expertise to business owners interested in minimizing risk and accelerating the success of their ventures.

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Through expert no-cost counseling, top-notch free seminars and low-cost technology training, to support in navigating licensing & permit issues and identifying resources, the Alameda SBDC guides small businesses to increased success rates.

Serving all of Alameda County, the Alameda County SBDC connects small business owners with Business Advisors who work hands-on with clients to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our clients' bottom line.

Review and register for upcoming seminars, or check out our extensive catalog of online courses.

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We are located at 2101 Webster Street on the 12th floor in the offices of OBDC. We are close to the 19th Street Downtown Oakland BART station. Call us at 510-208-0410 if you have questions.