Take advantage of the several free counseling and training programs that are available to assist you in starting your business. From low cost business training and free mentoring, to information on selling to government, finding access to capital and expanding your business internationally, these partners can help get you started.

Small Business Resources

Through partnerships with local organizations and state programs, California helps small business owners access the funding they need to manage their businesses.

Small Business Development Centers – he Small Business Development Centers are a statewide network of centers that provide comprehensive business assistance through one-on-one, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops.  Through their advisors, business owners can receive individual guidance on access to capital at no cost. Learn More

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program – The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program provides “access to capital” that may not have been available to growing businesses without this guarantee.  This guarantee minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans. Learn More

Financial Development Corporations - Financial Development Corporations provide loan capital and other financial services to existing and start-up small businesses. Learn More

California Capital Access Program – The California Capital Access Program encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. Learn More

Industrial Development Bonds - Industrial development bonds provide financing for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipping of manufacturing and processing facilities for private companies. These bonds are issued by the Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, the State Treasurer’s Office, local Industrial Development Authorities, or by Joint Powers Authorities.

State Controller's Unclaimed Property – Established in 1959, California’s unclaimed property law requires banks, corporations, and other entities to report and transfer property to the State Controller’s Office when there has been no activity for a certain period of time, generally three years. Common types of unclaimed property are bank accounts, stocks, bonds, uncashed checks, wages, life insurance benefits, and safe deposit box contents. The Controller protects this lost property in perpetuity and works to reunite it with the rightful owners.Learn More Contact a Specialist

GO-Biz Small Business Unit

The Office of Small Business Advocate at GO-Biz can connect you to business specialists that and resource partners within your area.  Start by contacting GO-Biz business specialist.

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Innovation Hubs

The Innovation Hubs (iHubs) leverage assets such as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories to provide an innovation platform for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists.

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Small Business Administration (SBA) District Offices

SBA District Offices can provide information on financial assistance for new and existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders, connections to technical assistance programs funded by the SBA and they also produce their own calendar of workshops for small businesses. Learn More


Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

The SBDC's assist prospective and existing small business owners in California to start, retain, or expand their businesses. The Centers assist with business plans, marketing, finance questions, and other business issues.
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Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.  The organization provides face-to-face mentoring as well as online counseling and workshops.  SCORE has many offices in California ready to serve your needs.
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Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)

CITD provides value-added assistance to help expand your business internationally.
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The Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Alliance

The DVBE Alliance proudly serves service-disabled veteran business owners through outreach and education.
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California Community Colleges Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources

The Economic and Workforce Development Office of the California Community Colleges provides resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses through its Sector Navigator program.
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Local Workforce Investment Boards

Local Workforce Investment Boards provide entrepreneurship training.
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University of California Entrepreneurship Programs 

Campus entrepreneurial programs provide training for students, faculty, researchers and business leaders to drive positive, disruptive change to society by building scalable enterprises. These programs teach entrepreneurial leadership, strategy, venture financing and startup skills.
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Women's Business Centers (WBCs)

The WBCs have been set up to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.
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Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program 

The MEP is a national network with hundreds of specialists who understand the needs of America's small manufacturers. With two centers in California, MEP provides companies with services and access to public and private resources to enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand capacity. 
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Innovation Hubs

The Innovation Hubs (iHubs) leverage assets such as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories to provide an innovation platform for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists. 
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Department of Commerce 

The Department of Commerce works with businesses, universities, communities, and workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans.
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Small Business Certification Program

Certified small business (SBs) and microbusinesses (MBs) are entitled to benefits in the state contracting process. Learn More

Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Certification

Disabled veteran business enterprises are eligible for special benefits in the state contracting process. Learn More

California Multiple Awards Schedule Program (CMAS)

The California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) offers a wide variety of commodities, non-IT services and information technology products and services at prices which have been assessed to be fair, reasonable and competitive. Suppliers may apply for a CMAS contract at anytime - no bids are required. Learn More


Federal Technology Center (FTC) 

The FTC promotes economic development by facilitating technology transfer between government and the private sector, and by helping small businesses successfully compete for government contracts. The FTC’s procurement assistance program serves small businesses in 54 of the California's 58 counties. Learn More


Business Matchmaking

Business Matchmaking provides opportunities for small businesses to secure selling opportunities from government agencies and major corporations, both at key events and through an online network. The program unites education, training, counseling, key resources, tools, and special relationships with thousands of procurement representatives from the public and private sector. Free Events


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The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.  GO-Biz partnered with the State's Information Technology Leadership Academy 22 to create this website.