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Welcome to the Concord Business Community!

These resources will help you with starting and growing your business. All businesses are encouraged to visit the SBDC - where you will receive one-on-one help for business plans, research, financing, strategic planning, and much more.

Start a Business

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Valuing a Business

 

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) provides free counseling and low-cost classes. They have a Concord chapter located at the Concord Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit click here or call 925.685.1181.
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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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Personalization Strategies to Attract Customers

 

The Contra Costa Small Business Development Center provides free one-on-one help to businesses looking to expand their business or improve its profitability. The SBDC can help you identify the best marketing strategies, understand your financial situation, and expand your business through social media. Their services are free. Contact them at 925.602.6806 or visit http://www.contracostasbdc.org
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  • Business Tune-Up

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Grow your Business

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The most important thing you can do to reduce stress

 

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Sexual Harassment Training video (30 minutes)

 

East Bay Works can find employees for your business at no cost. The Workforce Center can advise you on whether there is funding for training for new or existing employees. Call them at 925.602.6804 or visit http://www.eastbayworks.com/employers/

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  • Business Tune-UP: HR

  • Create a Healthy Workplace

Hire Employees

Business & Employee Training

  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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Soft Skills

 

The Contra Costa Small Business Development Center provides entrepreneurial training. Contact them at 925.602.6806 or visit http://www.contracostasbdc.org/calendar

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  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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    • What's Your Footprint

      Calculate your Business' Carbon and Water Footprint

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Greening your Business

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Securing Capital for your Small Business

 

The Contra Costa Small Business Development Center can help you prepare your financial information so you can apply for a business loan. The SBDC can also provide information on sources of loans for your business. Contact them at 925.602.6806 or visit http://www.contracostasbdc.org
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  • Business Tune-Up

    Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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    • Prevent Fraud

      Protect your Business from Fraud. It happens more than you think.

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Protect your Business

Government Requirements

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Legal Requirements for Small Businesses

 

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) provides free counseling and low-cost classes. They have a Concord chapter located at the Concord Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit click here or call 925.685.1181.
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Woman Owned Small Business Advantage

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  • Minority/Women

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    Contracting Opportunities for Veterans

     

    The Contra Costa Small Business Development Center provides free one-on-one help to veterans seeking to start a business. The SBDC can help you develop a business plan, find funding, work with you on government contracting, and more. Their services are free. Contact them at 925.602.6806 or visit http://www.contracostasbdc.org/

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  • Agriculture

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    Interpreting Financial Statements and Measures in Agriculture

     

    UC Extension Service can help you with both production and the business part of your agribusiness. Their services are free. For more information, visit http://ucanr.edu/
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    Lab Safety Lesson 6: Other Hazards
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    Fall Protection
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    QuickBooks for Construction Contractors

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  • Sell Globally

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    Take your Business Global

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    Backing Accidents: Safety Video
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  • Logistics

    Manufacturing

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    Introduction to Lean Six Sigma video series

     

    MANEX is a part of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership. MANEX helps manufacturers improve their processes and profitability. There are costs for their service, but MANEX is a non-profit. Contact them at 925.807.5100 or visit http://www.manexconsulting.com

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    Manufacturing Fundamentals

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    Best practices for cleaning and disinfecting stainless steel commercial food equipment
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    Secrets of the Caterer

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  • Markup Calculator 

    List Price Markdown Calculator 

    Layaway Calculator 

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    Courage to Coach - Retail
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  • Retail

    Selling to Government

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    HUB Zone Primer

     

    California Capital in Sacramento is one of the state's Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC). PTACs help businesses with government procurement on both the federal and state levels. Their services are free. Contact them at 916.442.1729 or visit http://cacapital.org/ptac/

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