Need advice to start or grow your business?
A network of mentorship and support around your business is critical to success. Kiva is dedicated to providing our entrepreneurs with resources and organizations that provide technical assistance and support for you to be more successful.
MicroMentor connects entrepreneurs with relevant volunteer mentors that are in your same industry. It’s completely free, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with people who can provide guidance and support!
SCORE is a network of over 300 chapters around the United States that provides face to face mentoring with a US-network of over 10,000 mentors who are former entrepreneurs and business executives.
The City of Oakland aims to foster sustainable development that embraces the three principles of environment, economy and equity to residents, workers, businesses and property owners through the implementation of projects, programs and the provision of services in order to improve the physical landscape and economic environment of the Oakland Community. The City has effectively implemented a variety of different programs, such as the Business Assistance Center, Enterprise Zone, and the Tenant and Facade Grant Programs.
Contact: Juno Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org), Phone: (510) 238-4727
BusinessAdvising.org (BA.org) matches small business owners with volunteer business advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to help small businesses grow and create quality jobs across the nation.
BA.org is a program of Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that creates economic opportunity in underserved communities.
Contact: Jarlene Choy (email@example.com), Phone: (415) 442-4318
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (Renaissance) helps Bay Area entrepreneurs launch and grow sustainable small businesses. We provide comprehensive small business training and support services including introductory and business planning classes, technology and skill building workshops, individual consulting, business incubation, networking and special programs for women. We deliver our services in English and Spanish through our Centers in South of Market and Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco, East Palo Alto, San Rafael and Richmond, CA.
Contact: Yamilet Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org), Phone: (415) 430-640
The mission of La Cocina is to 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. They focus primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities.
Contact: Geetika Agrawal (email@example.com)
The San Francisco Small Business Development Center helps individuals start, manage and grow their businesses. They provide free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese to established businesses and certain start-ups in San Francisco. They support businesses in a variety of industries.
Contact: Angel Cardoz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Phone: (415) 554-6489
Operation HOPE is the private banker for the working poor, the underclass and the struggling middle class. The mission is 'silver rights,' or making free enterprise and capitalism work for all. Financial literacy is the tool, financial dignity is the goal and financial inclusion is the way. Operation HOPE provides technical assistance, training and credit counseling for start up and young businesses.
Contact: Yolanda Butler (email@example.com), Phone: (510) 434-5491
Youth Business USA helps young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 29 make their business idea a reality. Entrepreneurs receive the following free services by joining the Youth Business USA community:
1. Expert business coaching (in-person, by phone or online) plus access to entrepreneurship training smart phone app and peer community of talented young entrepreneurs.
2. YBUSA finances up to 25% of the Kiva loans of young entrepreneurs in the USA from the organization's loan fund.
3. At least one year of business mentoring from a vetted, trained business owner or manager, plus free services from lawyers, accountants, marketers, graphic designers, etc. to help you grow your business.
Contact: Bo Ghirardelli (firstname.lastname@example.org), Phone: (510) 379-8952
Centro Community Partners’ mission is to teach underserved women and minorities to become effective entrepreneurs by providing access to one-on-one advanced entrepreneurship education, credit repair, capital and technical assistance. Centro Community Partners strives to be innovators in the entrepreneur development arena, responding to the personal needs of each client and working with them to address any concerns.
Contact: Naldo Peliks (email@example.com), Phone: (415) 350-7707
Run in part by the Department of Small Business Services. The Business Solutions Centers serve all business from Pre-startup to Operating Businesses located in NYC's five boroughs. Some of their services include: Business Courses, Financing Assistance, Recruitment, Training, M/WBE Certification Assistance, Legal Assistance, Incentives, Navigating Government, & Selling to Government.
Contact: see website for contact for your borough.
QEDC works to create and retain jobs through programming that grows our neighborhoods, assists small businesses and promotes tourism and business development. They offer entrepreneurs business courses and advising, including: Food Incubator referrals, Pop-up retail, Business Counseling & Workshops, MWBE assistance, Financing assistance, Webdesign service, and Business Classes.
The Ben Appelbaum Foundation (BAF) provides education, mentoring and support for small business owners and nonprofit founders to help move their initiatives forward. They focus on early-stage small business owners and nonprofit founders who have already launched their initiative.
The BedStuy Restoration Plaza offers: One-on-One Business Coaching; Access to Capital; Mentoring; Business Planning Classes; Assistance Preparing MWBE Applications; Help Writing Business Plans; Workshops & Seminars; Pro Bono Legal Services provided by Third Party LAw Firms; to entrepreneurs and managers of existing organizations and start-ups in NYC.