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Small Business Resources

Key Resources for Alameda County Businesses

SBDCNet (SBDC National Information Clearinghouse)

SBDCNet is the official National Information Clearinghouse for the U.S. Small Business Administration. They provide research assistance to Small Business Development Centers and their officially designated small business advisors. They also provide free informational resources to the general public through their website. They are located at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and are hosted by the South West Texas Border Region Small Business Development Center:
501 West Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, San Antonio, Texas 78207
Phone: 210-458-2747

SCORE East Bay

SCORE (formerly known as Service Corps of Retired Executives) the “Counselors of America’s Small Business Owners” is a national association dedicated to helping small business owners form and grow their businesses. SCORE is a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with 364 chapters in the United States that offer Free Individual Counseling and low-cost Workshops, contact at:
SCORE East Bay Chapter 506
492 Ninth Street, Suite 350 (between Broadway & Washington)
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-273-6611
Workshop Schedule, SCORE (East Bay Chapter)

Operation HOPE

HOPE is America’s leading provider of economic tools and services. Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is a non-profit, public benefit organization, founded immediately following the civil unrest of April 29, 1992 in Los Angeles. Through a series of public/private partnerships and strategic alliances, HOPE has developed and implemented programs focused on connecting the minority community with mainstream, private sector resources, and empowering under-served communities:
HOPE Oakland/Bay Area
3062 East Ninth Street, Oakland, California 94601
Phone: 510-535-6700


Working Solutions

Working Solutions is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs to start or grow successful Bay Area businesses. Their priority is serving low-income, female and minority business owners. They provide San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to start or grow a successful business:

  • Funding entrepreneurs with loans from $5,000 to $50,000 in all 9 Bay Area Counties
  • Providing every business with 5 years of business coaching, mentorship, and resources
  •  Referrals to small business resources

The Working Solutions main office is located in San Francisco:
Working Solutions
440 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco CA 94133
Phone: 415-655-5473


Other Local & National Resources for Business

Alameda County Chambers of Commerce

Alameda Chamber of Commerce
(510) 522-0414

Albany Chamber of Commerce
(510) 525-1771

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
(510) 549-7000

Castro Valley/ Eden Area Chamber of Commerce
(510) 537-5300

Dublin Chamber of Commerce
(925) 828-6200

Emeryville Chamber of Commerce
(510) 652-5223

Fremont Chamber of Commerce
(510) 795-2244

Hayward Chamber of Commerce
(510) 537-2424

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alameda County
(510) 536-4477

Livermore Chamber of Commerce
(925) 447-1606

Newark Chamber of Commerce
(510) 744-1000

Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
(510) 268-1600

Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
(510) 893-8979

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
(510) 874-4800

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
(925) 846-5858

San Leandro Chamber of Commerce
(510) 317-1400

Union City Chamber of Commerce
(510) 952-9647

Alameda County Municipalities

City of Alameda
(510) 747-7400

City of Albany
(510) 528-5710

City of Berkeley
(510) 981-2489

City of Dublin
(925) 833-6600

City of Emeryville
(510) 596-4300

City of Fremont
(510) 284-4000

City of Hayward
(510) 583-4000

City of Livermore
(925) 960-4000

City of Newark
(510) 578-4000

City of Oakland
(510) 444-2489

City of Piedmont
(510) 420-3040

City of Pleasanton
(925) 931-5002

City of San Leandro
(510) 577-3200

Union City
(510) 417-3232

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Federal Government Resources

Golden Gate Better Business Bureau
(San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California)
(510) 844-2000

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

U.S. Copyright Office
(202) 707-3000

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
(800) 829-4933
The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
(800) 638-6582

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
(800) 786-9199

U.S. Small Business Administration (San Francisco District Office)
(415) 744-6820

Bay Area Start-Up Resources

California Resources and Training (CARAT)
(510) 451-2545

Oakland Business Assistance Center
(510) 238-7952

SCORE (East Bay Chapter)
(510) 273-6611
SCORE Workshop Schedule

Operation HOPE (Oakland/Bay Area)
(510) 535-6700

Women's Initiative (Bay Area)
(415) 641-3460

Alameda County’s Small, Local and Emerging Business Program
(510) 891-5500

Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council
(510) 686-2555