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The Butcher's Guild, Alameda County

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

Spark Avenue Press, Bay Area

"Interaction with the SBDC focuses your efforts to allow you to start where you are and use what you have."

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.

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."

Sincere Home Decor, Oakland

“I want to thank SBDC for all the informative classes that I attended and the one-on-one counseling sessions. I truly admire this organization for doing what it's doing in helping all the small businesses out there. Thanks again!”

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.”

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."

R.T. Fisher & Associates, Oakland

"During the most stressful time of my business reorganization, Steve kept me focused with the tasks at hand with his unwavering honesty and what seemed like his infinite availability to answer my every question."

The Law Office of Darryl A. Stallworth, Oakland

“Rick and Lee were a great source of information and introductions. They quickly assessed my requirements and knew where to take my financing request... They helped me to obtain a great result in the shortest possible time.”

Comfort Guard, Fremont

"Steve, the Best Practice Management seminar series, and the Alameda County SBDC have all provided significant support and guidance to me in developing my business plan..."

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 2120 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 on the 7th floor of the WeWorks Building. We are close to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Call us at 510-208-0410 if you have questions.