Advisors & Classes

Alameda county Clerk

County Recorder’s Office
To file a fictitious business name: Online form

1106 Madison St.

Oakland, CA 94607

Alameda county Small Business Development Center

The Alameda county Small Business Development Center provides expert consulting, top-notch seminars, linkages to other resource providers and business planning services to business owners interested in accelerating the success of their ventures.

1330 Broadway, Suite 705
Oakland CA 94612


At any of 13 One-Stop Business and Career Centers, employers can connect with qualified employees, find out about business opportunities, research state and federal regulations, explore the state’s economic development services, and much more.

1212 Broadway, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is located at the University of California Berkeley and supported by the Hass Business School’s faculty. The Center provides resources and information of interest to entrepreneurs and is focused on technology-based entrepreneurship, new venture financing, social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation, and regional entrepreneurship acceleration The Center’s website includes an Entrepreneurs Forum, a series on best practices, and compiles resources, programs, and references available to entrepreneurs in the University and in the community at large.

University of California
Walter A. Haas School of Business #1930
Berkeley, CA 94720-1930
Room F450

ServCorps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Going it alone in a small business is difficult at best, but in these tough economic times the challenge can be substantial. For many, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is the best source of free, confidential, real-world business advice to help you build your small business - from idea to start-up to success. SCORE’s extensive national network of more than 10,500 volunteer experts provide relevant business advice and training to help small businesses through all stages of business development. Start-ups and small businesses can either meet one-on-one with a SCORE counselor at one of the local SCORE chapters or receive business advice through national on-line counseling services. In the East Bay, SCORE offers face-to-face counseling and workshops in downtown Oakland and at many of the Chambers of Commerce in Alameda, Contra-Costa, and Solano counties. We also offer low-cost workshops about starting a business, with specialized classes on retail basics, export/import, and starting a restaurant.

SCORE East Bay Chapter 506
519 17th St., Suite 240

Oakland, CA 94612

Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Information Center

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Information Center was created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The SBA also assists small businesses in meeting their financing needs. Among other products, the SBA offers the 7(a) loan program for small businesses, a loan that is administered through private or nonprofit entities and is partially guaranteed by the SBA.

455 Market St.
, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

State of California Employment Development Department (EDD)

The State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) serves the universal job seeker and employers as well as prospective business owners, operators and entities. Free services consist of training, assisting job seekers, advice to employers and seminars.

800 Capitol Mall, MIC 83
Sacramento, CA 95814

State of California Governor's Office of Economic Development

The State of California Governor's Office of Economic Development website provides a compilation of resources for new, relocating, and expanding businesses, upcoming events, business news, and links to contacting a State business specialist. The site also hosts and interactive map showing the location of financial and educational resources, and economic development zones throughout the State.

1130 K St.
Sacramento CA, 95814

State of California Secretary of State Office

To register your corporation, partnership or limited liability corporation, call 916-657-5448 or visit the website.

State of California Taxes Information Center / Small Business Assistance


Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses.

275 5th St.

San Francisco, CA 94103

Rubicon Programs’ North Cities One-Stop Business & Career Center

Rubicon’s Workforce Services assists jobseekers as well as employers in high-growth industries. Rubicon provides a host of services for employers including targeted recruitment, on-the-job training, and a a diverse candidate pool/

1918 Bonita Ave

Berkeley, CA 94704

Urban FIRE

Urban FIRE (Financial Intelligence, Responsible Entrepreneurship) is training to start and sustain a micro-business based on a proven, real world experiential system. Ignite your passion, burn the status quo and light a path to self determination.

6031 Christie Avenue

Emeryville CA 94608

US Internal Revenue Service

To establish an employment identification number with the IRS:

1301 Clay St.

Oakland, CA 94612
Direct IRS Line for Establishing EIN: 800-829-4933

Women’s Initiative (WI)

Women’s Initiative is the neighborhood business school where dreams become thriving enterprises. Our mission is to build the entrepreneurial capaCity of women to overcome economic and social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. We are a one-stop shop.

519 17th St.
Suite 110

Oakland, CA 94612