Business Assistance

Get the help you need to take your business to the next level. Here are some helpful local resources for business coaching, business planing, and to help you get the insight you need to succeed.


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Their network of 11,000+ volunteers, who are retired executives and entrepreneurs, provide their services at no charge or at very low cost. They provide mentoring, counseling, tools and workshops. Visit their website to get paired with your personal business mentor with expertise in your industry.

Sacramento Valley SBDC

The Sacramento Valley SBDC is the leader in providing all small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful. With direct and personalized business assistance to entrepreneurs through one-on-one consulting as well as satellite offices in eight counties across the region, they offer professional consulting in all aspects of small business management. Visit their website to learn how they can help your business and to request their services.

Sacramento State Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center provides entrepreneurs with the skills and resources needed to launch a venture and to identify and cultivate solutions to entrepreneurial problems, the network structure to bring the plan to fruition, and the technical training to grow the enterprises. The main purpose of Center for Entrepreneurship is to create a new venture incubator and developing entrepreneurship curriculum and programs for a broader audience, such as nascent entrepreneurs, in the Sacramento region. Visit their website for more details.


Trying to navigate your way through the County permitting process? Look no further, Sacramento County has resources available that take the guesswork (and stress) out of environmental management compliance and health department regulations.

One-On-One – The Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) is a FREE one-stop-shop permit assistance center to help Sacramento County businesses understand and comply with federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

For more information and resources provided by BERC click here.

Sacramento Public Library

If you’re starting a business, have a great idea, or just want to know more about what the Sacramento Public Library can offer you, book an appointment with a Business Librarian to find the information you need. They’ll help you get started with a business plan, explore funding options, connect you with local resources to help you succeed, or discuss any business questions you might have.

Appointments are from 12 pm – 1 pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. Call 916-264-2920 to book an appointment or register online on the event calendar. Get started today with online business resources that are available 24/7 with your library card.


City of Sacramento Economic Department

Since Sacramento’s success depends on a healthy business climate, the EDD has multiple resources to help all business types. Dedicated to making sure businesses thrive in Sacramento, they help guide those looking to start a business, business owners looking to expand, and those who are looking to relocate to the city. Valuable information about small business, entrepreneurial resources, demographics, project profiles, and opportunity sites are located at

California Board of Equalization – Townhalls

The California BOE hosts telephone town halls throughout the year. Visit their website for the dates and topics. 

California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that  want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer,the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules. 

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