Business Counseling

Small Business Hotline and Rapid Response Website

Northern California Small Business Development Center Launches Small Business Hotline and rapid response website.

You can now call 833-ASK-SBDC (833.275.7232) to reach the Northern California Small Business Development Center’s hotline for SBDC support and business financial urgent care.  Partners are welcome and encouraged to share this resource with their clients.  There are two email addresses as well that are being served by the hotline as well.

Email loans@asksbdc.com for assistance with available loans.

Email espanol@asksbdc.com para asistencia en español.

Free Business Counseling 

Free business counseling is available through a network of 70 small business assistance centers located throughout the state. At these centers, business owners can learn about different disaster response programs and receive help in accessing these resources. A directory to identify which centers serve your district is available at: http://static.business.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-TA-Providers-Guide.pdf

If your business is facing closure or layoffs: Rapid Response via Economic Development Department of California. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.

More Support and Counseling for Small Businesses

State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Contact: Gloria Li

Email: askfiona@treasurer.ca.gov

Assistance available in Mandarin and Chinese

State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

Phone: 1-800-927-4357 (HELP)

Live Chat: insurance.ca.gov

Assistance available in multiple languages

Small Business Majority

Contact: Bianca Blomquist, Policy & Engagement Director

Email: bblomquist@smallbusinessmajority.org

Northern California Small Business Development Center

Hotline: 833-ASK-SBDC (833.275.7232)

Email loans@asksbdc.com for assistance with available loans

Email espanol@asksbdc.com para asistencia en español.

Websitehttps://asksbdc.com/

Alameda Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Margaret Jackson, Program Director

Small Business Questions: 510 516-4118 

Email: ACSBDC@ohlone.edu

Website: https://www.acsbdc.org/

East Bay SCORE

Contact: Neil Rubenstein, Chair

Phone: (510) 273-6611

Email: info@eastbayscore.org

Website: https://eastbay.score.org/

Opportunity Fund

Email: info@opportunityfund.org

Website: https://www.opportunityfund.org/

Start Small Think Big

Website: www.startsmallthinkbig.org

Contact: Grey Torrico, Program Manager Serving California Businesses

Email: grey@startsmallthinkbig.org

Pro Bono Rapid Response Services: https://bit.ly/sstbcovid19probono

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center - East Bay

Contact: Lucero De Leon, Richmond Program Manager

Phone: (510) 221-2000

Email: info@rencenter.org

Website: https://www.rencenter.org/