Businesses and Nonprofits
Business Technical Assistance Programs
Small businesses in Sacramento now have access to free technical assistance programs designed to mitigate impacts the pandemic brought to their operations. Through the following nine partners, small businesses can receive assistance building their resiliency and developing new business plans to aid in their recovery efforts.
Streetsense is a Retail & Hospitality Consulting firm providing one-on-one consulting sessions to restaurants, bars and independent retail operators to validate and augment their Covid-19 Response strategy. Streetsense team offers a Pandemic Response Guide for Restaurants and Bars and a Pandemic Guide for Small Retail Operators best practices for a wide variety of pandemic related business challenges through interactive webinars conducted prior to individual consulting sessions.
Managing Director, Hospitality / Eat+Drink
Alchemist CDC provides technical assistance to food business entrepreneurs to develop a business plan and gain knowledge and skills to help grow a resilient food business. Their online program consists of twice weekly classes covering fundamental food business topics such as finance, marketing, HR, legal considerations, and more.
To apply for this program click here.
Small Fitness Facilities
Erica Castillo Consulting provides small fitness facilities with technical assistance to help small fitness facility owners receive industry specific support, services, and advocacy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual seminars features industry experts will cover topics such as:
- Accounting Assistance
- Assistance in Virtual Content Creation
- Digital Marketing & Public Relations
- Real Estate & Lease Negotiations
- COVID-19 Workplace Best Practices
General Business Help
The Sacramento Inclusive Economic Development Collaborative (Sac IEDC), a program of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, provides the following services for Sacramento small businesses:
- Webinars based on essential business recovery needs.
- 1:1 consulting to small business owners to assist them with a multitude of immediate needs.
- A Spanish language specific portfolio of services presented by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that is tailored to meet the needs of the City’s Latinx small business owners.
- Geographical support for the businesses located in one of the nine property and business improvement districts (PBIDS) who are members of the Sac IEDC. Those PBIDS include Del Paso Boulevard Partnership, Florin Road Partnership, Franklin Boulevard Business District, Greater Broadway Partnership, Mack Road Partnership, Oak Park Business District, Power Inn Alliance, The River District, and the Stockton Boulevard Partnership.
Program info at www.sac-iedc.org
The Downtown Sacramento Partnership and Midtown Association are providing technical and marketing assistance to small business operators located in their districts to retool, reopen and revive operations.
The California Capital Financial Development Corporation is providing ongoing online training classes to provide skills development opportunities covering business planning and adapting business practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with follow-up direct technical support.
Berkeley Strategy Advisors provides business fundamentals training and technical assistance through online business training workshops and one-on-one consulting on the following business topics:
- COVID-19 Best Business & Safety Practices
- Marketing & Social Media
- Access to Capital, Govt Procurement
- Business Plans & Strategic Advising
- Needs Assessments
- Business Location & Permits Assistance
The Black Small Business Association of California Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will help Black-owned small businesses successfully navigate the economic challenges of COVID-19. Services include business education programs, targeted communication and digital advocacy, legal compliance, and social media training.
The CA Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic empowerment. CBCC represents hundreds of small and emerging businesses, affiliates and chambers of commerce throughout the state. The CBCC will provide “Technical Assistance for Small Business” and targeted training to build the capacity of micro-businesses in the City of Sacramento, especially businesses operated by African Americans. Classes will be held via Zoom three days a week, a total of 7-8 class sessions weekly.
Forgivable Loan Recipients
The Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides wrap around services to the 1,400 recipients receiving funding from the COVID-19 forgivable loan program.
Director, Small Business Development Center
One Capitol Mall, Suite 700, Sacramento, CA 95814
View a list of virtual business assistance events by clicking the calendar button below.
Small business supportive services offered in this effort include:
- One on one consulting for small business owners.
- Webinars focused on essential business recovery needs.
- Retail and Hospitality consulting services to evaluate and augment COVID-19 response strategies for restaurants, bars and independent retail operators.
- Small fitness facility industry specific supportive services, including assistance in virtual content creation, fitness facility COVID-19 operating standards, employee training and retention, and advocacy.
- Spanish language specific services tailored to meet the needs of the City’s Latinx small business owners.
We invite you to help spread the word about this program by using outreach materials available in the Business Technical Assistance outreach toolkit. Click here to access the toolkit.