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Counseling Services

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) offers long-term, in-depth, no cost counseling for existing businesses and certain start-ups in Alameda county. Our professional services include: 

  • How to Develop Your Business
  • Financial Projections & Budgeting
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Technology Integration
  • Human Resource Management
  • More...

The Alameda County SBDC strives to improve the economic livelihood of our community. Our impact is measured through a variety of economic standards, including:

  • Increased Revenue and Profit
  • Business Loans Received
  • Equity Investment or Capital Raised
  • New Job Creation
  • Employee Retention 
  • Developing New Small Businesses

Through the ACSBDC's free one-on-one business counseling our clients can expect significant economic development. Sign up here. 

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How much does it Cost?

It is FREE! One-on-one counseling services are free of charge to the business owner. The sponsors of the Alameda County SBDC cover all of the costs associated with counseling services.

Who Qualifies?

 Applying Clients should meet the following criteria: 

  • Have been in business for more than one (1) year,
  • Have at least 5 employees,
  • Be Profitable (cash flow positive) 
  • Able to Grow Sales and Profits with ACSBDC assistance

What if I don’t Qualify?

Potential clients who are in the beginning stages of business should contact East Bay SCORE, (Service Corps of Retired Executives) for a meeting with one of their 40 counselors. People in need of improved credit scores (typically FICO scores less than 640) should seek assistance from Operation Hope,, which has credit counseling programs. Please see the More Local Resources section of the website that lists other resource partners in Alameda County for additional information.

In addition, ACSBDC offers a broad spectrum of Business Seminars in cities and towns across Alameda County and the Tri-Valley which are open to all attendees. ACSBDC strongly encourages entrepreneurs to take advantage of its Seminar Series before seeking one-on-one counseling services. 

How do I Request Services?

Please use the convenient Online Request for Services Form and complete the simple questionnaire. Someone from ACSBDC will contact you within 5 to 7 business days to discuss your situation.

In addition, you can call Alameda County SBDC at 510-208-0410 for assistance in the signup process.

Counseling Fields

The Alameda County SBDC has business advisors who specialize in the following fields:

  • Business Plans
  • Capital Sourcing
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Procurement
  • Product Pricing
  • Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations
  • Restaurant Operations
  • Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & New Product Development
  • Human Resources
  • Business Start-Up/Home-Based Businesses
  • Retail
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International Trade

How do I become a client?

You can submit an online counseling request using the Online Request for Services Form.  If you have any questions you can call the center at (510) 208-0410.