Links & Resources

Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(510) 302-2222
Provides services that can match you with a pre-screened attorney qualified to help you with legal issues (ie. contracts, partnerships and business disputes).

Alameda County Small Business Development Center
(510) 208-0410
Provides expert consulting, seminars, and links to resource providers and business planning services.

Anew America
(510) 540-7785
Serves primarily low-income new citizens, immigrants, and refugees residing in he Bay Area. Comprehensive three-year program for new start-up entrepreneurs including microbusiness incubation, asset building, and social responsibility.

California Board of Equalization
Toll-free: (800) 400-7115 (TTY: 711)
Seller’s permit information.

California Chamber of Commerce – Human Resources
Designed to help California business thrive while complying with complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

California Franchise Tax Board Business Tax Credits and Exemptions

Govenor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Business Permit assistance within California

Inner City Advisors
(510) 271-0142
Recruits corporate partners who donate expertise at no charge to deliver consulting, business advisement, and technical assistance. Business must be located Oakland, Ca and have potential to generate revenue and create good jobs.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Resources for small businesses and the self-employed include information on filing or paying taxes. 

The Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
(415) 543-9444 x217
Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights offers free business law services to low-income entrepreneurs in the Bay Area.

Nolo
Series of self-help legal books for non-lawyers, including “The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California,” a guide to starting a business in California.

Oakland Business Assistance Center
(510) 238-7952
Provides information on licenses, permits, and zoning in Oakland.

Operation HOPE
(510) 535-6700
Small Business Empowerment Program serves small businesses located in under-served communities with 12-week business development training, funding assistance, and accounting and business plan assistance.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
(510) 273-6611
Provides business mentorship counseling and specialized assistance for free.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Employer Information and posters.