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Business Readiness Assessment - Evaluate your business

Locating Business Space - Search LoopNet database to locate available retail & commercial space

Business Plan Template - Create a business plan


Procurement Opportunities - Find out how government and private contracting works

EconoVue - Access local and national economic datasets


Just Ask BOS - Search our entire site for information regarding your business problems

Green Assessment Tool - Evaluate how Green your business is

Forum - Collaborate with entrepreneurs and our Business Services Staff

Online Library - Search our online library for useful business information

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Small Business Ignite

Join a Small Business Ignite session to learn from industry experts, network with other owners of local businesses, develop your business plans and marketing strategies and expand your customer base through social media. Small Business Ignite offers free in-person training and networking sessions paired with virtual mentoring with private sector industry leaders for small businesses in the City of San José.

Santa Clara County Placarding/Scoring Program

On April 29th, 2014 the County Board of Supervisors voted and approved the combined placarding and scoring system. The Restaurant Placarding/Scoring System includes posting colored placards (green, yellow, red) at food facilities and detailed inspection results with numerical compliance scores online.

03/07/2015 09:00 AM PST
QuickBooks Seminar (Two Days of Class)
The class teaches QuickBooks fundamentals for beginners and for users in need of a refresher course. The course takes you through all the main screens and transactions and gives you real-time practice in how to make entries. The seminar is designed to show "how to use QuickBooks" and to give the participant ample time for hands-on practice.
03/10/2015 05:30 PM PST
Drop-in Business Counseling
Representatives from the City of San José's Office of Economic Development and SCORE will be available to answer your business questions related to the basics of starting a business, how to write a business plan, marketing your business, basic real estate, permit, tax requirements, and others such as: • What should be considered before signing a lease or buying property • What kinds of permits are needed for my business • How long does the process take and what is it going to cost • What are the City of San José and Santa Clara County tax requirements • How long does the process take and what is it going to cost • Should I finance with traditional bank loans, crowd funding or other sources • What is the difference between Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, and LLC