Starting your business
Starting a business can be an exciting journey, but can also present many challenges. Careful planning and understanding the different challenges are important factors to a business success. Learn about the different resources available and the steps required in starting your own business.
Resources for Doing Businesses in Oakland Guide
Steps to Starting a Business in the State of California
Checklist for Starting a Business
Is Entrepreneurship For You? Learn More, Click Here
The East Bay Entrepreneur Center offers a wide variety of services for those looking to start or grow a business. Their Business resource center also contains a wealth of information resources. With hundreds of books, videos, and software applications, the resource center contains vital tools to conduct market research.
For a calendar of events and courses available, visit
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is a non-profit organization that provides small business training and support services to women and men throughout the Bay Area; by helping them to start or grow their own business.
For a calendar of events and courses available, visit
Women's Initiative for Self Employment provides a one-stop shop where high-potential, low-income women receive training to start and grow their business.
Click here to Sign for Classes and Training
Join the Entrepreneur Only (EO) Community
EO is a global community that enriches members lives through dynamic peer-to-peer and once in a lifetime experiences.
Find as Chapter Near You
Buying a Business
Should you buy an existing business or start a new venture from scratch. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages.
Learn the Pros and Cons of Buying a Business
Buying or Selling a Business Search Engines:
Buying a Franchise
Is owning a franchise right for you? Learn about how to shop for franchise opportunities and understand the obligations as a franchise owner.
What is franchising? Learn the basics here….
Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise
Buying a Franchise Search Engine
Choosing a Business Structure
Choosing the right form of business structure can impact your business and affect your tax obligation. Learn about the different aspects of your business.
Learn about the Pros and Cons of different types of ownership
Learn about how tax can affect you business structure
Communication Technology Cluster
The Communications Technology Cluster is a Business Acceleration built on a business incubator model providing strategic consulting, business and financial services for entrepreneurs, and growth-oriented small to mid-sized companies across industries including:
Oakland Small Business Growth Center
For a more comprehensive listing of incubators, visit
Site 1: http://nickwright.com/careers/incubators.html
Learn how to write a Marketing Plan
East Bay Demographics
Facts and Data on Oakland
Market Profile of Oakland
Economic Development Alliance for Business
Oakland Convention and Visitor Bureau
The Conference Board
Market Data for a Fee
US Census Bureau
Listed below are sites where economic data are available free or charge for specific region.
United States Census Bureau
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Federal Reserve Bank
Bay Area Economic Forum
Mentoring and Counseling
(415) 348 -6271
Micromentor helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses through mentoring relationships with experienced business professionals. Our mentors volunteer their time to meaningfully impact the lives of those new to the world of small business.
SCORE East Bay
SCORE is a nonprofit association comprised of over 10,000 volunteer men and women business counselors in over 380 chapters nationwide and an online CyberChapter. Its mission is to provide professional guidance and information to America's existing and emerging small businesses. SCORE members are trained to offer counseling and training to aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners at no or low cost.
Cal State East Bay Small Business
Cal State East Bay Small Business Development Center offers classes, consulting services and business planning resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Cal State East Bay SBDC is focused on developing and implementing programs and services that support small business growth and sustainable economic development.
For a detail listing of consulting services provided, visit
Inner City Advisors
Inner City Advisors is an on-the-ground non-profit affiliate of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Inner City Advisors provide one-on-one business technical assistance and mentoring to address its clients’ business operation growth and highlights their individual role in building a strong surrounding business community.
For More Information, visit
The Unity Council provides services to entrepreneurs and established businesses including technical assistance with start-up and business expansion, access to pro bono mentoring and coaching by high level professionals from major corporations and organizations, employee recruitment and training, and assistance with securing tax credits and other incentives. .
For More Information, Visit
Writing a Business Plan
Step-by- Step To Writing a Business Plan
How to start your own business…for a list of sample business plans and templates…Click here
For available online business courses, contact
East Bay SCORE
SCORE: Counselor to America’s Small Business
How to determine your startup costs
Generation Information on the different financing options for your business, learn about the financing basics
Financing Tools and Calculator Estimate Tax, Lease versus Buy Decisions, Compute Mortgage Payments
OBDC Small Business Finance
OBDC Small Business Finance is establish as the Oakland Business Development Corporation in 1979 and have since expand to become the leading alternative business lender in Northern California and the greater Bay Area. OBDC is a non-profit organization with 501(c) 3 status. OBDC helps over 80 businesses access more than $4 million in small business loans, both through their loan programs and the help of partner banks.
Northern California Financial Development Center
Nor-Cal FDC has helped hundreds of business owners obtain financing from banks throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in helping those companies that do not meet traditional guidelines. Nor-Cal FDC is committed to helping local companies obtain financing
Resource Guidebooks to help Small Business Financing
Applying for a Micro –Learn about the loan process
List of Micro- Lenders in California
Market Lenders for small businesses
OBDC Small Business Finance
California Economic Development Lending Initiative
CEDLI, the California Economic Development Lending Initiative, is a multi-bank community development corporation established in 1995 to provide investment capital to small businesses and community organizations throughout California. CEDLI is a for profit corporation, and its mission is to create jobs by providing financing to small businesses, and community economic development and revitalization activities which fall outside of normal bank lending practices.
For More Information
For a list of Commercial Business Lenders, click here
For a listing of Oakland Banks, click here
Choosing a Location
Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts For Choosing a Location
To Lease or Not to Lease? Things to Know: Click Here
Home Business Network
For Maps and Site Information, Click Here
For City Information and Business Development Services
To Find a Location near the Oakland City Center
Real Estate Search Engine
Find a Broker
Other East Bay Listing Services
Real Estate Brokerage in Bay Area
Lee and Associates
Shorenstein Office and Retail
Legacy Partners Offices
CB Richard Ellis
Cushman and Wakefield
Grubb and Ellis Company
License and Permits
General Information about obtaining License and Permits Frequent Asked Questions about State Permits and Business License
Professional and Business License Handbook
City Resources City Business License Tax Offices
New Business Application (For Oakland Use Only )
Tax and Regulation
General Information: Learn about how tax can affect your business
Learn about the Tax Regulations
The EDD's Employment Tax Offices offer state payroll tax seminars in a variety of locations throughout California to help employers comply with the State of California employment tax laws. State payroll tax seminars are customized to benefit everyone -- established businesses, those just getting started, individuals anticipating going into business, and payroll agents.
For a listing of seminars available, visit
Franchise Tax Board
California State Board of Equalization
Business Tax Frequent Asked Information
City of Oakland Business Tax Office
Why you need to protect your ideas?
Learn about Copyrights Basics…
United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States Copyright Office
California Business Portal
Legal Information for Small Businesses
Learn the Forms of Business Ownerships and the Pro’s and Cons
Filing a Business Name
Check for the name availability
Legal Self Help Site Reference
Nolo is the nation’s leading provider of do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses. Nolo has offered affordable, plain-English books, forms and software on a wide range of legal issues.
Alameda County Bar Association
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
Volunteer Legal Services
It is important to learn the rules and regulations on hiring employees. Learn the basics on registrations, foreign workers, disabilities, social security verification, affirmative action, and training.
How to hire, learn the rules and regulations….
California Employer Guide 2012
Sites for Job Postings
UC Berkeley Career Center
Employer Relations & Recruiting Office
Oakland Private Industry Council
East Bay Works
CAL Jobs EDD
- Public Policy
- Economic Development
- Events & Programs