Resources and Workshops

Small Business Administration (SBA) Training
The SBA offers a variety of classes for business owners in their Entrepreneur Center: 455 Market St., 6th Flr. San Francisco. Click here for more information or to register, or contact Kathleen Butler Tom: (415) 744-6777,

SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business
Business training seminars, online assistance, and free business counseling. 455 Market St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone: 415-744-6827, Website:
Workshops & Seminars: Online registration:

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Training
Renaissance offers exciting educational opportunities available to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. For more information on workshops for business owners and to register, go to: 

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Training
The Northern California Network of Small Business Development Centers help individuals start, manage and grow their businesses. For more information, including the training schedule by location, go to:

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) Training
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) provides business training and consultation services in both English and Spanish to entrepreneurs in San Francisco.  Entrepreneurs must be moderate income or below and own (or plan to own) a microenterprise in San Francisco to be eligible for our free services.  Please visit or phone 415-282-3334 x132 for more information and to register for a program orientation. 

IRS Small Business Tax Workshops and Business Resources
Local workshops, sponsored and presented by IRS partners who are federal tax specialists, offer everything from a general overview of taxes to information on specific topics.
For more information and a list of workshops, visit the IRS website at

Women's Initiative for Self Employment
The Women's Initiative for Self Employment is a Bay Area non-profit which provides high-potential, lower-income women the training, resources and on-going support to start and grow their business. Classes and services are provided in English and Spanish. For more information, visit or call (415) 641-3460.

Urban Solutions
Urban Solutions is a non-profit organization that provides individual technical assistance and workshops to small businesses seeking help with business plan development, financial projections and management, loan packaging, and marketing strategies. Our support services include identifying retail spaces, helping businesses with becoming green, and buying a building or making major renovations with SBA 504 loans. See for details or call (415) 553-4433.

Working Solutions
Working Solutions is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization committed to serving new and existing businesses by providing access to capital, including micro loans, business coaching, advising, and more. The organization administers the San Francisco Revolving Loan Fund (RFL). These loans range from $5-25K for new businesses and $25-50K for established businesses with 2+ years in business. If you are interested in the RLF, please review the details found on the website and contact Tammy Magid at Working Solutions at 415-655-5473 or e-mail her at to discuss your business and determine eligibility. For Chinese assistance, contact Agnes Cheung at (415) 655-5471 or For Spanish assistance, contact Lorena Roman at (415)-655-5448 or Click here for details on eligibility requirements.

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE) is an economic justice project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. LSE provides free business legal services to low-income individuals, including women and people of color, who want to start or develop for-profit businesses and certain for-profit businesses committed to community economic development. The legal services provided by LSE are limited to business law matters and do not include services related to disputes, claims, or lawsuits.

Southeast Asian Community Center
SEACC is a small business technical assistance provider and designated SBA 7(m) Microloan Lender in San Francisco. SEACC provides one-on-one technical assistance to businesses needing financing, marketing, business planning, lease assistance, start-up/ permit assistance and management advice.
SEACC makes Microloans of $1,000-35,000 to small businesses for working capital, equipment, inventory, and leasehold improvement. 4 year terms at commercial interest rate. SEACC staff and consultants can provide services to business owners who speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese. We provide services to any small business owner in San Francisco regardless of ethnicity. 415-885-2743

Gellert Family Business Resource Center
The goal of the University of San Francisco's Gellert Family Business Center is to provide family-owned businesses with access to networking, create an open exchange of strategic and practical family business information and advance the field of family business research, education, and scholarship. The Gellert Family Business Resource Center supports academic programs of interest to family-owned firms. Students from our undergraduate and graduate programs assume leadership in family businesses, large and small, around the globe.

San Francisco Public Library Small Business Center
The Library’s Small Business Center offers free access to valuable business information resources. Find industry overviews, market research, financial ratios for benchmarking, specialized trade directories, market demographics, full text trade publications in a wide variety of business fields, and more.

• Pacific Community Ventures
Business Advising: PCV recruits California’s brightest business minds to volunteer their expertise to help promising small businesses grow and create jobs in lower-income communities. On PCV’s website, entrepreneurs can find an ever-expanding library of relevant tools and resources to help them grow their businesses. As well, through partner organizations, PCV provides workshops to its network of small business owners that cover a range of subjects including access to capital, legal advice and marketing.

Insight: Insight provides policy research, analysis, social performance due-diligence and evaluation so that investors and business owners can earn competitive financial returns while generating verified social benefits and policymakers can craft innovative policies to support entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities.

Equity Funds: Pacific Community Management, an affiliate of PCV, manages three private equity funds, investing capital in high-potential businesses in underserved areas to yield financial returns for investors and quality jobs for residents of lower-income communities. For more information feel free to visit the fund’s website or contact me at any time. 

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco (CCCS)
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco (CCCS) is a non-profit service that provides comprehensive financial counseling and education to help consumers achieve financial independence through debt reduction, homeownership, and improved money management skills. Please visit their website at