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California Competes Tax Credit

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 The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that  want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and approved by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. Each fiscal year, 25% of the available credits are reserved for small businesses. Applications are accepted online and there is no fee to apply. Click here to view the flyer CalCompetesFlyer.pdf

 
U.S. Small Business Administration

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New Year, New Business
Are you thinking about starting a business this year? It involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. The U.S. Small Business Administration has 10 steps that can help you plan, prepare and manage your business.  Click below to view as a webpage  http://content.govdelivery.com

The Intentional Entrepreneur 1/20 – Tuesday 6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Oakland, CA.  Small business training program for Veterans conducted in Oakland, CA.  Interactive, three-hour workshop guides participants through the process of new business.  Participants will assess their entrepreneurial interest, identify their personal and professional goals, and develop the action steps necessary to make business ownership a reality.  Space is limited.  Registration required by 1/6/2015.  For information, contact Noah Harris – Veterans Programs at 510-830-3227 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it     Click here to register

 
Free Legal Clinic

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 Legal Services for Entrpreneurs presents: Free Legal Clinic at the Business Assistance Center
•    Can someone explain a contract or lease to me?
•    Should my business be an LLC, partnership, or S-corp?
•    Do I need a trademark? Copyright? Patent?
Find out the answers to these very important questions.
 Thursday, February 19, 2015 5pm-7pm
 270 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 94612

Registration required: www.lccr.com/events.php (415)543-9444 ext. 217

 
Small Business Loans

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  Kiva Zip is an Internet platform, launched by Kiva, that enables individual lenders around the world to “crowd fund” interest-free loans directly to small business owners, micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs. Loans are currently interest free and allow borrowers with strong business plans but that are not eligible for conventional lending to raise up to $5,000 and eventually be eligible for up to $50,000 in loans on the Kiva Zip platform. As a Kiva Zip trustee, the City of Oakland is interested in endorsing micro enterprises that demonstrate growth opportunities and unique business enterprises that meet a community need or offer employment opportunities for the entrepreneur or other Oakland residents, especially low- or moderate-income individuals, or a micro-enterprise that is interested in locating in Oakland’s underserved commercial areas. We strongly encourage all Oaklanders to help grow our local economy by helping businesses through the innovative Kiva Zip Lending program. We are now actively seeking candidates to endorse for a Kiva Zip Loan. If you are a local business interested in finding out more details please contact Juno Thomas (510)238-4727 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  



 

 

 
Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

ATTENTION: Small Business Owners
It is not too late to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit!
As the March 15 corporation tax deadline approaches, it is important for small business owners to be aware of the various tax laws that can help with their businesses' bottom line.  Several tax laws are impacting small business tax returns this season and providing substantial savings, including the underutilized Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.To determine if your business or tax exempt organization qualifies for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, visit http://www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org consult with your tax preparer. More than 500,000 California employers may be eligible for this tax credit and yours may be one of them! 

 
Oakland Business is Green Business
Oakland is home to more than 130 certified Green Businesses, through the Bay Area Green Business Program.

Oakland Recycles is offering free technical assistance to Oakland businesses that are interested in becoming certified green businesses. To jump start the certification process, green business experts will be contacting Oakland businesses to introduce the Green Business Program and shepherd interested businesses through the certification process.

Distinguish your business in the marketplace as an environmental leader through the Green Business Program.

Interested in a free assessment? Need to know more? Contact Oakland Recycles at (510) 238-SAVE (7283) or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Look us up on Facebook at Sustainable Oakland to keep up to date with the latest information from this project.
 
SCORE

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 The Business Assistance Center (BAC) is proud to partner with SCORE in promoting their workshops. Whether you are starting or growing your business, SCORE workshops are a valuable way to learn more about doing business and a convenient forum for networking with other business professionals who can help you succeed. These low-cost seminars focus on important small business issues, ranging from business planning and marketing to Web-based retailing. Please click on the following link http://www.eastbayscore.org/page_text.php?page_id=48 to view SCORE e-News Letters. Click on the Workshop tab to see the complete list of workshops and seminars, including the dates, times, and locations.

 
Take Your Business Global

    Small businesses seeking to grow their businesses and create jobs through exporting can turn to new, free educational videos created through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Inc. Magazine and AT&T. Through the public-private partnership, a series of video modules has been developed to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting and to educate them on how to do so.

     The video series, Take Your Business Global features five main topics that guide small businesses through the process of exporting:

  1. Getting Started in Exporting
  2. Planning for Export Success
  3. Connecting with Foreign Buyers
  4. Financing
  5. Five Case Studies of Successful Small Business Exporters
     The videos are posted at www.inc.com/exporting/.
 
Community Voices

As a small business person are you taking advantage of what Oakland offers. Click the link below to view a very informative article on the Business Assistance Center.

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