Small Business Development Resources
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Provides training courses, workshops, business incubation, one-on-one technical assistance, loan packaging, and business support services to help Bay Area women and men start and expand businesses for financial self-sufficiency. Renaissance has two locations, 275 Fifth Street near Folsom and 3801 Third Street in Bayview Hunters Point.
www.rencenter.org or (415) 541-8580 Marin County (415)755-1115
Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA)
MEDA's Business Assistance Center provides a comprehensive array of services to small businesses based in San Francisco to help with startup, maintenance and expansion. MEDA offers general support services, loan packaging, business planning assistance and workshops.
www.medasf.org or (415) 282-3334
Working Solutions is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs to start or grow successful Bay Area businesses. Providing microloans/small business loans and long term business advising. Microloans range from $5,000 up to $50,000.
www.tmcworkingsolutions.org or (415)852-8499
Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA has a library of resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs including hundreds of sample business plans, books on all aspects of small business management as well as computers with business planning software. Together with its partners, SBA hosts a variety of workshops each month on small business topics.
www.sba.gov/ca/sf or (415) 744-6820
Asian-Pacific Islander Business and Information Services (APIBis)
APIBis provides one-on-one consultations and free workshops for small business owners, focusing on the specific language and cultural needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
In partnership with SBA, SCORE provides workshops on small business management as well as free one-on-one consultations with volunteer business counselors.
www.sfscore.org or (415) 744-6827
Urban Solutions provides loan packaging and referral services to San Francisco-based small business owners and entrepreneurs.
www.urbansolutionssf.org or (415) 553-4433
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)
CAMEO provides opportunities for low-income individuals by promoting microenterprise development. CAMEO provides services such as training and technical assistance to new, prospective, and experienced small business owners.
www.microbiz.org or (415) 348-6214
Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)
SBDC offers support and technical assistance to individuals interested in starting or expanding their business through workshops, training and one-on-one free counseling.
San Francisco SBDC: http://sf.norcalsbdc.org or (415) 841-4050
Santa Rosa SBDC (regularly offers trainings in San Rafael): http://sbdcsantarosa.org or (707) 524-1770
Provides comprehensive free small business training for prospective and new small business owners. Operation Hope classes provide participants with different resources from how to obtain a business license to how to apply for a small business loan.
www.operationhope.org or (510) 535-6700