District Specific Small Business Resources

California Business Portal

California Business Portal is an online computer platform where businesses can search and find custom information related to your business. There is a Service Desk with answers to common questions and a search tool to help you identify local, regional, state, and federal license and permitting requirements. The California Business Portal was developed and is maintained by GO-Biz.

Center for International Trade and Development

The California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance services to companies and individuals in the state of California. They invest in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Orange County CITD
2323 N Broadway #328
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 564-5415
www.orangecountycitd.com

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

GO-Biz serves as a one-stop resource for information on business development and services. Working through a network of local and regional economic development entities, GO-Biz can assist businesses with a range of issues from starting a business, identifying permit requirements, and reaching potential customers in foreign markets.

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
1325 J Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (877) 345-4633
www.business.ca.gov

Office of the Small Business Advocate

The Office of Small Business Advocate provides information and assistance to small businesses to help them succeed in the California marketplace. The Office hosts a variety of summits, forums and interagency meetings. It also maintains a comprehensive list of resources for small business technical assistance, financing and state procurement.

http://www.business.ca.gov/Programs/Small-Business-Assistance/Office-of-Small-Business-Advocate

Small Business Administration District Offices

SBA’s District Offices are responsible for the delivery of a range of federal programs and services including marketing information, customized referral to other business resources, and accessing capital.

General website: https://www.sba.gov/
Local assistance website: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

Santa Ana District Office (serving all of Orange County)
5 Hutton Centre Drive, Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (714) 550-7420/ TDD (800) 877-8339
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ca/santa-ana

  • Lender Relations Specialist Stephen Leung is available to assist business owners attempting to obtain financing.
    (714) 560-7450 or Email stephen.leung@sba.gov
  • Veterans Business Development Officer Doug Dare is available to assist military veterans.
    (714) 560-7467 or e-mail douglas.dare@sba.gov

SCORE – Business Mentoring

SCORE is a national network of over 14,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives who volunteer as mentors to America’s small businesses.

Website: https://www.score.org/

Orange County SCORE Chapter
5 Hutton Centre Dr., Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (714) 550-7369
https://orangecounty.score.org/

Small Business Development Centers

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) management and technical assistance network offers free one-on-one expert business advice and low-cost training by qualified small business professionals to existing and future entrepreneurs. In addition to its core services, the SBDC program offers special focus areas such as green business technology, disaster recovery and preparedness, international trade assistance, veteran’s assistance, technology transfer and regulatory compliance.

Local assistance website: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

Lead Center for the SBDC Region
800 N. State College Blvd., SGMH 4157
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: (657) 278-3672

Orange County Hispanic SBDC
2130 E. 4th Street, Suite 160
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 953-4289
Website: https://www.ochispanicsbdc.org/

Orange County SBDC
2323 N. Broadway, Ste. 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 564-5200
Website: https://orangecountysbdc.org/

LaunchPad SBDC - Specialized Assistance for Tech-based Companies
65 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (949) 330-6569
Website: https://launchpad.octaneoc.org/

Women's Business Centers

The Women Business Center program delivers business training, coaching, mentoring and other assistance geared toward women, particularly those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Local assistance website: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

Inland Empire Women's Business Center (serves Orange County)
3780 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (909) 890-1242
http://www.iewbc.org/

Veteran Business Outreach Center

The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOC) delivers entrepreneurial development services to eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. There are two VBOCs in California, each providing a range of programs, including online workshops and materials. It may be useful to check both VBOCs for services.

Veterans Business Outreach Center IX
4808 Duckhorn, Drive, Sacramento, CA 95834
916-527-8400
Email: admin@vbocix.org
http://www.vbocix.org/

SO CAL Veterans Business Outreach Center
2075 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
760-795-8739
Email: centerinfo@maricosta.edu
http://www.socalvboc.com/

Office of Native American Affairs, Small Business Administration

The Office of Native American Affairs mission provides on-line and on-site training and counseling services to assist Native Americans start and grow businesses. The Office also engages in numerous outreach activities, such as tribal consultations, development and distribution of educational materials, attendance and participation in economic development events.

Website: http://www.nativesmallbusiness.org/index.html

LGBT Business Outreach Initiative, Small Business Administration

The SBA offers targeted business assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community.

Email: lgbt@sba.gov
www.sba.gov/LGBT

Young Entrepreneurs, Small Business Administration

Young entrepreneurs and small business owners play an important role within the California economy. The SBA offers different activities and resources throughout the year aimed at aspiring young entrepreneurs, including social media outreach and customized online courses available at www.sba.gov/learning .

General Website: www.sba.gov/young

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), designated by the federal Department of Defense, offer training on how to contract with federal, state, and local governments.

Local assistance website: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

San Diego County Regional PTAC (serves Orange County)
4007 Camino del Rio South, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92108-4189
Phone: (619) 285-7020
http://www.ptac-sandiego.org

American Indian Chamber Education Fund (serves Native American entrepreneurs statewide)
The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California is the designated PTAC for Native American entrepreneurs in California, as well as Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
633 West Fifth Street, 26th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-440-3232 or Email: ptacinfo@aicccal.org
http://www.aicccal.org/PTACWEBSITEs/PTACHome3.htm

U.S. Export Assistance Center

Each U.S. Export Assistance Center is staffed by trade specialists from the SBA, Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations. Their mission is to provide technical assistance to help small and medium sized businesses compete in today's global marketplace.

Website: http://www.sba.gov/content/us-export-assistance-centers

U.S. Export Service - Serving Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii
2302 Martin Court, Suite 315
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949-660-1688
https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/map/state/CA

Financial Development Corporations

The Small Business Financial Development Corporations (FDCs), designated by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, offer a range of financial products from loan guarantees to direct loans. Many FDCs are also certified to offer financial services from federal programs, as well.

Local assistance Website: http://www.ibank.ca.gov/ibank/programs/what-is-the-sbfc#FDC

Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County
271 N. Sycamore Street
Santa Ana, CA. 92701
Voice: 714 571-1900
Email: mocasio@sbfdoc.com
www.sbfdoc.com

Small businesses serve as important economic drivers within the California economy. Please contact Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva's district office, if we can be of assistance. 714-521-6505