Business Counseling

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 for assistance with available loans.

Email para asistencia en español.

Free Business Counseling 

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


Assistance available in Mandarin and Chinese

State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

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

Live Chat:

Assistance available in multiple languages

Small Business Majority

Contact: Bianca Blomquist, Policy & Engagement Director


Northern California Small Business Development Center

Hotline: 833-ASK-SBDC (833.275.7232)

Email for assistance with available loans

Email para asistencia en español.


Alameda Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: Margaret Jackson, Program Director

Small Business Questions: 510 516-4118 



East Bay SCORE

Contact: Neil Rubenstein, Chair

Phone: (510) 273-6611



Start Small Think Big


Contact: Grey Torrico, Program Manager Serving California Businesses


Pro Bono Rapid Response Services:

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center - East Bay

Contact: Lucero De Leon, Richmond Program Manager

Phone: (510) 221-2000