Business Counseling

Legal crisis support for small businesses, every Thursday at 4:00 PM

Join members of the California Small Enterprise Task Force every Thursday, for virtual office hours led by experienced attorneys and members of the NorCal Small Business Development Center Network.

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These sessions are intended to address legal issues for California businesses with 25 or fewer employees as well as nonprofits. Please submit your questions on government relief programs and other resources to be answered live!

Topics include:

  • Employment law issues including compliance obligations, liability considerations and worker classification issues
  • Corporate law including the CARES Act, tax implications
  • Commercial lease negotiations and eviction issues

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 for assistance with available loans.

Email 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:

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.