Resources for Businesses

There are many resources available to help your business succeed. Here are quick links to the categories of resources whose descriptions and contacts are found below.

Local Resources

County of Santa Clara
City of Sunnyvale
Local Chambers of Commerce
Resources for Counseling Services
Financial Resources
Resources for Training Opportunities
Resources for Memberships, Networking, and Miscellaneous Services

State Resources

National Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES

County of Santa Clara Resources

County of Santa Clara — Clerk/Recorder's Office 
Clerk/Recorder's Office processes and maintains public records on business names and on individuals from certain professions.

Santa Clara County Assessor's Office(408) 299-5500
The mission of the Santa Clara County Assessor's Office is to produce an annual assessment roll including all assessable property in accordance with legal mandates in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner; and provide current assessment-related information to the public and to government agencies in a timely and responsive way.

City of Sunnyvale Resources

City of Sunnyvale: Library — (408) 730-7300 or email library@sunnyvale.ca.gov
The Sunnyvale Public Library is a great place to start researching your business information needs. There are shelves of books on business plans, starting a business, and legal forms. Online resources such as A to Z Databases, Business Source Complete and the Small Busines Reference Center can help you locate customers and research business topics. Call the library at 408-730-7300, option 5 for more information.

City of Sunnyvale: Planning Division — (408) 730-7444
The City of Sunnyvale Planning Division provides assistance for business license applications, zoning code information and approval process. The Planners are available at the One Stop Permit Center Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to  5 p.m.

City of Sunnyvale: Recycling Program — (408) 730-7484 or email recycling@sunnyvale.ca.gov
By starting a recycling program, your company may be able to save money and natural resources. City of Sunnyvale Commercial Recycling Program staff can provide information on the recycling services and assistance available from the City as well as the wide variety of other resources that can assist in reducing waste. Information on recycled-content products is available.

Local Chambers of Commerce

Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce (408)736-4971
The Chamber of Commerce offers programs to help businesses make and save money, offer advice and access to business resources, and provide proactive and pro-business advocacy on behalf of the business. The chamber has an active network of 700 business members.

Other

The Black Chamber of Silicon Valley (408) 277-3115
When joining this team, your company has access to the chamber's educational Projects and one-of-a-kind incubator program. This incubator program is a "hand-on" program that can assist and help your business expand. The Black Chamber has one of the last incubator program in the Silicon Valley.

Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Santa Clara County (FACCSC, Inc.) (408) 283-0833 or TVegaFilchamber@aol.com
FACCSC promotes and assists Filipino American businesses. While offering small business assistance, such as business start-up, loan applications, business planning, certification, etc, the FACCSC also supplies business and trade information and referrals, business seminars and workshops, networking outlets, 2-hour business consulting, and other services.

The Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (408) 494-0296 or Info@gsjhcc.org
(GSJHCC) is a democratic, open, transparent, membership-driven, entrepreneurial organization committed to serving the needs of varied business community in the San Jose Area. Participants are members of different businesses, professions, vocations and government. Our Chamber is led by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs!

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley (408) 213-0320 or info@hccsv.org
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley offers a variety of programs and services. It is a recognized leader and influential player in the developmental of the social, political and economic landscape of this region. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provides on-going training and technical assistance that is culturally and linguistically sensitive to Hispanic businesses to further promote their growth and success. In addition, the Hispanic Chamber strongly advocates on behalf of Hispanic businesses at the local, state and national level on issues and policy that affects Hispanic business.

Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley (408) 288-5222
Japanese Chamber of Commerce assists Japanese American businesses, especially in partnering with Japan and Asia.

Resources for Counseling Services

AnewAmerica
This organization offers programs to assist new Americans in accomplishing their enterprenuer dreams.

Entrepreneur Center
The SBA Cisco System San Jose Entrepreneur Center is a collaborative effort between information and tools they need to be successful.

NOVA Employer Services(408) 730-7232
NOVA Employer Services provides a number of quality services that address all aspects of the business cycle, from start-up and workplace development to downsizing and employee transition, and all points in-between. General categories of services include: staffing, training, and retention, informational resources, and outplacement. 

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, Renaissance promotes lasting economic development for individuals and communities that traditionally have not had access to capital and business support.

Silicon Valley SCORE(408) 288-8479 or info@svscore.org
SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Silicon Valley SCORE executive volunteers provide free confidential business counseling and low cost training to local business entrepreneurs. Services include the following:

  • Free counseling by experienced executives at locations throughout Silicon Valley
  • Free Business Library & Information Center with extensive business library, free computer usage and someone to help you find the appropriate information
  • Email counseling via the internet provided by over 1,100 SCORE business experts throughout the United States.

Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center(408) 494-0240
The Silicon Valley SBDC is dedicated to contributing to the success of small business persons and entrepreneurs in the Greater Silicon Valley including San Mateo County and Northern Santa Clara County. Services include free expert consulting services, concentrated training, information resources, multiple locations and various seminars.

U.S. Small Business Administration(415) 744-6820 or answerdesk@sba.gov
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is congresionally mandated to assist the nation's small businesses meeting their financing needs. The agency's finance programs enhance the ability to lenders to provide long and short-term loans to small businesses that might not qualify through normal lending channels. Daily, SBA and its nationwide network of partners such as SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) and women business centers, help millions of potential and current small business owners start, grow and succeed. SBA resources and programs targeted for small businesses effectively compete in the marketplace and strengthen the overall economy.

Financial Resources

The Board of Equalization San Jose (408) 277-1231, Sacramento (800) 400-7115
The Board of Equalization administers tax programs in four areas: sales and use taxes, property taxes, special taxes and the tax appellate program. You are generally required to obtain a California Seller's permit if you sell or lease merchandise, vehicles, or other tangible property in California. A Seller's permit allows you to sell items at the wholesale or retail level.

Entrepreneur Center
The SBA Cisco System San Jose Entrepreneur Center is a collaborative effort between information and tools they need to be successful.

Internal Revenue Service
America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. The local IRS office is located at:

55 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(408) 817-6747

Opportunity Fund
Opportunity Fund invests in people who are working to build financial, personal and shared assets in low-income communities throughout the Bay Area.

111 W. St. John Street, Suite 800
San Jose, California 95113
(408) 297-0204
Fax (408) 297-4599

U.S. Small Business Administration(415) 744-6820 or answerdesk@sba.gov
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is congresionally mandated to assist the nation's small businesses meeting their financing needs. The agency's finance programs enhance the ability to lenders to provide long and short-term loans to small businesses that might not qualify through normal lending channels. Daily, SBA and its nationwide network of partners such as SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) and women business centers, help millions of potential and current small business owners start, grow and succeed. SBA resources and programs targeted for small businesses effectively compete in the marketplace and strengthen the overall economy.

Resources for Training Opportunities

Employment Training Panel edu@etp.ca.gov
The Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a State of California agency that provides up to $85 million in funds for the training of California's workforce, primarily currently employed workers in companies funded by ETP are small and contracting process quicker and easier. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees may be eligible for a higher reimbursement rate. ETP also has other special funding categories.

NOVA Employer Services (408) 730-7232
NOVA Employer Services provides a number of quality services that address all aspects of the business cycle, from start-up and workplace development to downsizing and employee transition, and all points in-between. General categories of services include: staffing, training, and retention, informational resources, and outplacement.

Renaissance Erntrepreneurship 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, Renaissance promotes lasting economic development for individuals and communities that traditionally have not had access to capital and business support.

San Jose Entrepreneur Center
Center for entrepreneurs and small businesses who would like to start a new business or grow an established business.

Silicon Valley SCORE (408) 288-8479 or info@svscore.org
SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Silicon Valley SCORE executive volunteers provide free confidential business counseling and low cost training to local business entrepreneurs. Services include the following:

  • Free counseling by experienced executives at locations throughout Silicon Valley
  • Low-cost workshops and seminars to provide you with in-depth information for starting or managing a successful business
  • A new assessment program specifically deigned for existing business is available through our participating Chambers of Commerce
  • Free Business Library & Information Center with extensive business library, free computer usage and someone to help you find the appropriate information
  • Email counseling via the internet provided by over 1,100 SCORE business experts throughout the United States. 

Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (408)494-0240
The Silicon Valley SBDC is dedicated to contributing to the success of small business persons and entrepreneurs in the Greater Silicon Valley including San Mateo County and Northern Santa Clara County. Services include free expert consulting services, concentrated training, information resources, multiple locations and various seminars.

U.S. Small Business Administration(415) 744-6820 or answerdesk@sba.gov
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is congresionally mandated to assist the nation's small businesses meeting their financing needs. The agency's finance programs enhance the ability to lenders to provide long and short-term loans to small businesses that might not qualify through normal lending channels. Daily, SBA and its nationwide network of partners such as SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) and women business centers, help millions of potential and current small business owners start, grow and succeed. SBA resources and programs targeted for small businesses effectively compete in the marketplace and strengthen the overall economy.


Resources for Memberships, Networking, and Miscellaneous Services

Bay Area Council Economic Institute
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, government, university, labor and community leaders develops analyses and implements programs to strengthen the region's competitive economy and quality of life.

Bay Area Industry Education Council
The Bay Area Industry Education Council (IEC), a community-based alliance of business, labor, and education, has established itself as an intermediary organization whose purpose is to bring industry and education together around future workforce preparation, and incumbent worker skills upgrade and training.

Better Business Bureau (408) 278-7435
This non-profit, non-government organization is deidcated to promoting and fostering the highest ethical relationship between business and the public through consumer and business education and voluntary self-regulation. Being a member of the BBB (indicates to the public that your company is committed to setting the standard of ethical business practices and exceptional customer satisfaction).

BusinessOwnerSpace.com
This online resource offers the following business support services:

  • Business Consulting & Mentoring
  • Business Planning & Technical Assistance
  • Hiring and Human Resource Assistance
  • Permitting and Regulatory Assistance
  • Access to Capital

Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network is a non-partisan civic catalyst that provides a neutral forum in which community members can create solutions to the challenges facing our region. Our vision is to build a sustainable community collaborating to compete globally.

Moffet Park Business Group infor@ympbta.org
The Moffett Park Business Group is a nonprofit organization comprised of developers and employers located in the Moffett Park area of Sunnyvale, California. These companies and agencies have joined together to act as a common voice in the advocacy of traffic mitigation solutions and other mutual business interests.

San Jose U.S. Export Assistance Center 152 N. 3rd Street, Suite 550, San Jose; (408) 271-7303
United States Commercial Service is the global business solutions unit of the United States Department of Commerce. Commercial Service offers valuable assistance to help your business export goods and services to markets worldwide. In addition, Commercial Service supports U.S. firms, particularly small and medium-sized companies, in their efforts to increase their exports, strengthen the American economy and create jobs.  Through its worldwide network of Export Assistance Centers the Commercial Services provides information on foreign markets, international partnering with potential buyers and distributors, cost-effective trade mission and trade show exhibition opportunities, and government to government advocacy.

Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA)
SVEDA is a cross-community effort to nurture Silicon Valley’s unique “habitat” for innovation. The Alliance is a regional partnership of economic development professionals bringing together public and private resources to ensure the success of business in Silicon Valley. SVEDA is committed to fast-tracking businesses’ needs, whether through local government policy and streamlined permitting processes, or linking businesses to other resources that add value and help companies grow.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Silicon Valley Leadership Group is organized to involve principal officers and senior managers of member companies in a cooperative effort with local, regional, state and federal government officials to address major public policy issues affecting the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. Currently, SVMG addresses the following five core issues: affordable housing, comprehensive transportation, reliable energy, quality education and a sustainable environment.

STATE RESOURCES

Association of Bay Area Governments
ABAG is one of more than 560 regional planning agencies across the nation working to help solve problems in areas such as land use, housing, environmental quality and economic development.

California Association of Local Economic Development
CALED is a team of service professionals committed to excellence in supplying members with the tools necessary to develop their local economies.

CalGOLD
CalGOLD serves employers, corporate real estate executives and site location consultants considering California for new business investment and expansion.

California Business Portal
Very helpful! A portal of agencies business entities may need to ensure compliance.

California Business Roundtable
The California Business Roundtable is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization composed of chief executive officers of leading California businesses. Since 1976, the Roundtable has provided essential leadership on high-priority public policy issues. Through its "big picture," proactive focus on key business issues, combined with the prestige and influence of its members, the Roundtable is a powerful and compelling advocate for a strong economy and a healthy business climate in California.

California Council of Science & Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is the leading partnership of industry, academia and government that identifies ways that science and technology can be used to improve California's economy and quality of life.

California Department of Employment Development (EDD)
EDD can help your business find skilled workers, stay competitive and make informed decisions. They offer an array of job placement services, up-to-date inoformation on the labor market and emerging occupations, tax and hiring incentives and more.

Calfornia Department of Corporations
The department licenses and regulates a variety of businesses that affest your life including security brokers and dealers, investment advisers and financial planners and certain fiduciaries and lenders.

California Franchise Tax Board
If you're doing business in California or you plan on starting a California business, here's information that may be helpful.

Employment Training Panel
The Employment Training Panel is a California State agency created in 1982 as a cooperative business-labor program to retrain workers.  This employer-supported training is used to improve the economic climate by training new workers and retraining workers in danger of being laid off as a result of technological advancements in the workplace, and because of foreign and domestic competition.

For more information, contact:
Employment Training Panel
1100 J Street, 4th Floor
Sacramento, CA 958141
Phone: (916) 327-5262
Fax: (916) 327-5280

Milken Institute
The Milken Institute was founded in 1991 with a mandate to step outside the box and find new ways to create jobs and generate capital for entrepreneurs both locally and globally. Its researchers work in diverse but related economic fields to improve the lives and economic conditions of diverse populations in the U.S. and around the world by helping business and public policy leaders identify and put into practice innovative ideas for creating broad-based prosperity.

Public Policy Institute of California
Since its earliest history as a state, California's economy has beeb driven by innovation and dynamism in key factors. Whether high technology, entertainment, or agriculture the forces of innovation and growth have propelled the larger economy.  PPIC research explores the sate's key sectors seeking to identify those such as biotechnology, that may shape the state's future, and the factors within them, such as entrepreneurship that affect their performance.

State Board of Equalization
The State Board of Equalization serves the public through fair, effective, and efficient tax administration. Currently the tax programs administered by the Board are concentrated in four areas: sales and use taxes, property taxes, special taxes and the tax appelate program.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

BusinessUSA
Using technology, BusinessUSA provides a collection of resources the federal government provides to  U.S. businesses regardless of which agency or office offers the services.

SCORE Counselors to America's Small Businesses
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and email business counseling. Workshops are also offered.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help entrepreneurs start, run, and grow their businesses.  SBA's resource centers provide businesses with the tools for enhancing and growing their businesses including management and technical assistance to more than one million small business owners.

United States Commercial Service U.S. Export Assistance Center, 152 N. 3rd Street,  Suite 550, San Jose
United States Commercial Service is the global business solutions unit of the United States Department of Commerce. It offers assistance to:

  • help your business export goods and services to markets worldwide.
  • supports U.S. firms, particularly small and medium-sized companies, in their efforts to increase their exports, strengthen the American economy and create jobs.
  • provides information on foreign markets, international partnering with potential buyers and distributors, cost-effective trade mission and trade show exhibition opportunities, and government to government advocacy. 

 

 

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