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Small Business Resources

Key Resources for Alameda County Businesses

SBDC National Information Clearinghouse

SBDC National Information Clearinghouse is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Texas at San Antonio to meet the information needs of the SBDC community in the United States and its territories. SBDCNET serves as a resource providing timely, relevant research, web-based information, and training to SBDC counselors and their small business clients:
SBDC National Information Clearinghouse
501 West Durango Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78207

Pacific Community Ventures

Pacific Community Ventures creates economic opportunities in low income communities. PCV achieves this mission through impact investing, entrepreneurship and thought leadership. PCV offers small business loans<> to entrepreneurs in the Bay Area and affordable business advising<> to entrepreneurs across the country.
Andrea Bañas
Program Coordinator, Business Advising
51 Federal Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 442-4316


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:
SCORE (East Bay Chapter) Class Schedule

SCORE East Bay Chapter 506

492 Ninth Street, Suite 350 (between Broadway & Washington)
Oakland, CA 94607

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 Center (Oakland)
3062 East Ninth Street, Oakland, CA 94601


Working Solutions


TMC Development Working Solutions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to serving new and existing businesses throughout the nine Bay Area Counties.

We provide the following services:

  • Microloans (Small Business Loans $5,000 to $50,000)
  • Technical Assistance and One-On-One Support
  • No-Cost Referrals to Local Business Resources
  • Educational Presentations on Access to Capital

Our Mission

To provide underserved microentrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to successfully start or grow viable businesses.  We strive to support microenterprise development in an effort to strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build strong communities.

Working Solutions
611 Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111


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
(510) 536-4477

Livermore Chamber of Commerce
(925) 447-1606

Newark Chamber of Commerce
(510) 744-1000

Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
(510) 567-1307

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) 351-1481

Union City Chamber of Commerce
(510) 471-3115

Alameda County Municipalities

City of Alameda
(510) 747-7400

City of Albany
(510) 528-5710

City of Berkeley
(510) 981-CITY

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) 793-1400

City of Oakland
(510) 444-2489

City of Piedmont
(510) 420-3040

City of Pleasanton
(925) 931-5482

City of San Leandro
(510) 577-3200

Union City
(510) 417-3232

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Federal Government Resources

Better Business Bureau of the Golden Gate & Northern 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

Oakland’s Business Assistance Center
(510) 238-7952

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


Operation HOPE
(510) 535-6700

Women's Initiative
(415) 641-3460

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

Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council
(510) 686-2555