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Alameda County Permit Portal

Alameda County is launching its new Permit Portal, a one-stop online guide to ease the permitting process for completing major property upgrades, starting businesses or undertaking many other tasks regulated by local government. Alameda County is launching its new Permit Portal, a one-stop online guide to ease the permitting process for completing major property upgrades, starting businesses or undertaking many other tasks regulated by local government. The Alameda County Permit Portal, available at permit.acgov.org , simplifies the permit process by allowing users to search based on address or need. The new Permit Portal provides information about all locally issued permits – not just those required by Alameda County,        but by cities and special districts as well.   PERMIT PORTAL

California Competes Tax Credits

GO-Biz Now Accepting Applications for California Competes Tax Credits
Two Free Webinars Offered in January
- The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced that it is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax CreditCCTC). There are $75 million   in tax credits available during this application period for businesses that are expanding and adding jobs in the state. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, January 25, 2016, at       11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov .
Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance.  In addition, an application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and a video explaining how to create an account are available at www.business.ca.gov/CalCompetes.aspx .  For applicants that are reapplying, the FAQs include instructions on how to copy information     from a previously submitted application.
Businesses interested in learning more about the CCTC can participate in free webinars on Thursday, January 7, 2016, (Details and Registration) and Tuesday, January 19, 2016,         (Details and Registration).
If you have any questions regarding the CCTC program or application process, please call       (916) 322-4051 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
GO-Biz serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov .  

Top 10 Financial Tools for Small Business Owners

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Many times financial tools are overlooked as a way to help increase a company’s bottom line. Financial tools have the ability to transform a company’s operations, improve productivity, reduce costs and increase profit margins. It’s essential for small business owners to take advantage of the right tools and resources to more effectively plan for the future and overall success of the business. Here are the top ten financial tools for small business owners. Click here to view: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/top-10-financial-tools-small-business-owners
Free Legal Clinic


 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 11, 2015 5pm-7pm
 270 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 94612

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

City of Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance
Minimum Wage Increase – Effective Friday, January 1, 2016, Oakland’s Minimum Wage goes up to $12.55 per hour. Measure FF, the voter-initiative ballot measure passed in November 2014, provides annual increases to Oakland’s Minimum Wage based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). In light of the increase, employers must be aware of the following:

    By Tuesday, December 15, 2015, employers are required to provide notice to employees and prominently display posters on the new Minimum Wage;
    On Friday, January 1, 2016, the rate goes up 30¢ to $12.55; and
    The other benefits mandated by Measure FF – paid sick leave and payment of service charges – remain the same as when the employment law took effect on March 2, 2015
Notification posters in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese are available for download at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityAdministration/d/MinimumWage/OAK051451
 . A roster of upcoming business briefings offered by our partners, answers to frequently asked questions and details on outreach efforts are also on the web page. The next business briefing scheduled is:
For more information, please visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityAdministration/d/MinimumWage/OAK051451 or contact the Contracts & Compliance Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (510) 238-6258.


15 Ways To Compete
As Jack Welch famously said, "If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete".        And that competitive advantage is how you can differentiate your business in the eyes of your customers. To help you start thinking about this very important issue, here are 15 Ways To Rise Above The Competition that other entrepreneurs have used. Click below to view.                http://smallbiztrends.com

In Need of a $10,000 Small Business Loan?

Kiva is a non-profit in the Bay Area providing 0% interest loans of up to $10,000.
These loans are crowdfunded by people around the globe who want to invest
in your success - connecting you with customers, community, and capital.

As a Kiva Zip Borrower, you’ll be able to:

  • - Access 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 with no fees
  • - Promote your business to thousands of potential customers
  • - Qualify for loan matching, allowing you to fundraise twice as fast
  • - Connect with resources that will help your business succeed



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.
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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