Need to finish your business plan or repair your credit before you apply for a loan? Whether you're looking for additional support with getting started or expanding your business, here is a list of our community partners offering services covering everything from debt reduction to legal services and finding an office space. 

Training & Workshops

Alliance for Community Development

PROPEL is a 9 month program that helps selected businesses develop and execute a key growth strategy and achieve a major milestone in annual revenue. Low cost monthly payment
Location: Bay Area-wide, office in Oakland

Centro Community Partners

Entrepreneurs Readiness Program is a 14-week program for underserved entrepreneurs ready to launch or grow their businesses. Their free Centro Business Planning Tool app can guide you through writing a business plan.
Location: Bay Area-wide, office in Oakland

ICA Fund Good Jobs

The ICA Entrepreneurship Institute helps selected entrepreneurs develop practical solutions to real small business. ICA emphasizes creating goods jobs.
Location: Bay Area-wide, office in Oakland

Operation HOPE

The Small Business Empowerment Program combines business training and financial counseling with lending services, including a 14-week Entrepreneurial Training program, Small Business Development & Access to Capital Workshop, and Credit & Money Management Workshop
Location: Nationwide, office in Oakland


Free templates for business plans, free or low-cost online and in-person workshops for startups and existing businesses.
Location: Nationwide, offices in San Francisco, East Bay, Silicon Valley, North Coast

Small Business Administration

Free articles, guides and online assistance with starting & managing a business, loans and grants, and contracting. Local office provides free workshops, and online learning center provides videos and live chat.
Location: Nationwide, district office in San Francisco

Anew America

In-depth business incubator model integrates business incubation, asset-building and social responsibility to start and grow businesses.
Location: Bay Area-wide, offices in Berkeley (HQ), San Jose, Richmond and Oakland

Fit Small Business

Free online articles and tools for starting a business, marketing, operations, and software and services. 

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

Workshops to help you prepare a business plan, start and expand your business, lease negotiation, customer retention, commercial loan applications, and personal finance. 
Location: Bay Area-wide, office in San Francisco

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Training includes an in-depth 14-week business planning class, as well as workshops on topics such as Quickbooks, Advanced Marketing, and a legal series. Serves all income levels and stages of business.
Location: Bay Area-wide, offices in SoMa, Bayview, Marin, Mid-Peninsula

SF LGBT Center

Free in-person workshops
Location: Bay Area-wide, office in San Francisco

SF Made

Membership-based organization for San Francisco designers and manufacturers that provides certification and access to tools designed to help connect more powerfully with the customer base.
Location: San Francisco

Small Business Development Centers

Free online tutorials and instructor-led courses; in-person seminars and workshops at the local offices for all stages of business. 
Location: Nationwide, offices in all 9 Bay Area counties

Advising & Consulting Services

Centro Community Partners

A team of volunteer MBA Advisors work with underserved entrepreneurs in the Bay Area
Location: Bay Area, office in Oakland

ICA Fund Good Jobs

Pro bono management consulting on business growth strategies and talent management for ICA member companies.
Location: Bay Area, office in Oakland

Marin Economic Forum

Provides reports, news and advising for Marin County business owners, and a forum for collaboration in improving the area's economic vitality while enhancing social equity and protecting the environment. 

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Business incubator program and virtual incubator program provides working space, monthly consultations and workshops. Financial resource center provides free one-on-one consulting to help business owners understand growth options, loan packaging and access to financing.

SF LGBT Center

Free small business counseling with a specialist, and pairing with an expert mentor in their industry sector to help businesses advance. 

Small Business Development Centers

Free individualized advice and guidance regarding the formation, management, financing and operation of your business.
Location: Nationwide, offices in all Bay Area counties.

Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Free personalized one-on-one assistance to help new and existing businesses understand and fulfill permitting, licensing, registration and regulatory requirements, find financing, and resource referrals.
Location: Sonoma, office in Santa Rosa

City of Napa Economic Development Division

Business liaison services help businesses navigate the permitting and licensing processes and find available commercial and office spaces.
Location: Napa

La Cocina

Cultivate low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. 

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs

Free legal services to low-income entrepreneurs, including legal representation, counseling, and workshops on issues including intellectual property, entity formation, employment issues, and contracts. 
Location: Bay Area, office in San Francisco


Free resources on a variety of business topics including banking and insurance, and 'Ask an Advisor' forums to get your critical questions answered by an expert.

Pacific Community Ventures

Small business advising program provides one-on-one advising, strategy roundtables, educational events and promotional opportunities.
Location: Bay Area, office in San Francisco


Offers free one-on-one advising and mentoring in person or via email for all stages of business.
Location: Nationwide, offices in San Francisco, East Bay, Silicon Valley and North Coast

Credit Counseling & Repair

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco

Free help to pay off debt and avoid bankruptcy, guidance in designing a spending and savings plan, and buying a first home.
Location: Nationwide, office in San Francisco

Operation HOPE

Free credit counseling, home buyer and foreclosure counseling, financial literacy teaching.
Location: Nationwide, office in Oakland

Money Management International

Financial education resources including webinars, in-person, phone and online debt counseling to set goals, develop a budget, and discuss debt repayment options.
Location: Nationwide, offices in Fremont, Oakland, and Concord


Guidance on debt payments, budgeting, obtaining and understanding your credit report, and accessing low-cost banking services.
Location: Offices in American Canyon, Baypoint, Fairfield, Fremont, Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco