East Bay SCORE Resource Center

Starting a new business is a large undertaking. Fortunately, there are numerous excellent resources online and at your fingertips. East Bay SCORE has compiled the following resources that we think will be valuable for anyone running or starting a business. 


Business-General Legal
eCommerce Marketing
Funding Professional Services
Government Social Media


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Accounting Tools  
FreshBooks Online invoicing & record keeping
Intuit QuickBooks & other accounting software applications
Outright Online bookkeeping
Business Professional & Social Media  
SEO TechniquesSEO or Search Engine Optimization Techniques (Mostly FREE) ​ A clear and concise overview of how search engines operate and how to make your site stand out.  (PDF format)


A business and employment-oriented service that provides professional networking and business connections.

SkyCastle Media

Professional design-Startup Pkgs - Websites, Media, PR
Business - General  
Choosing Your Business Entity ​ How to choose the proper Entity (Sub S, C-Corp, LLC, etc) (PDF format)
BusinessDictionary Easy-to-use free business glossary with over 20000 terms. Concise, clear, and comprehensive.
Business Know-How Info, tools & resources for home & small businesses
BusinessTown Info, tools & resources for home & small businesses
BUZGate.org Info, tools & resources for home & small businesses
Dictionary of Small Business Directory of business terms & definitions
Expertise Optimize your: Website, Social Media, Hiring & more
Inc. Info, tools & resources for small & mid-size businesses
NetMBA Reference source for general business topics & concepts
QuickMBA Reference source for general business topics & concepts
Project Mgt. Institute (PMI) Project Mgt. Videos, Articles, Certification
Residual-Rewards Directory of business terms & discussions on other topics
Small Business Trends Topical information about small business issues
Startup Savant Reference source for all business startup topics
The Small Business Advisor Info & advice on starting or running a small business
Business - Management  
American Management Assoc. General management information
BizMove.com Guides, tools & ideas to manage your business
BizFilings A full-service legal & business partner for online incorporation, forming an LLC, running a business, and more.
Zenefits HR, Payroll, Business Mgt. Software
CA HealthCare Foundation Guide to buying employee health coverage in California
Cortera Company credit & financial information
Northern California SBDC Local resources to assist ongoing businesses 

Online personnel & payroll management service

Business - Networking  
American Express Open Forum Small business online networking community
Biznik Info sharing among local entrepreneurs
Business Operations - Restaurants  
Allfoodbusiness.com  General info about the food & restaurant industry
CA Restaurant Association Info, resources & networking opportunities
Golden Gate Restaurant Association Info, resources & networking opportunities
Restaurant Equipment World Equipment sales, design & installation
Restaurant Management Center Resources & info on all aspects of restaurant mgt.
Restaurant Owner Resources & info on all aspects of restaurant mgt.
Restaurant Realty Company Source for buying, selling & leasing restaurants
RestaurantReport Resources & info on all aspects of restaurant mgt.
Restaurants For Sale Online Source specializing in buying & selling & restaurants
 Restaurant 12 Month PLWorksheet ​ 12 Month Profit & Loss Worksheet (Excel worksheet)
Business Operations - Retail  
Retail Expenses Category Listing ​ Retail Startup expense categories (MS Word document)
Apparel Search Apparel & textile industry directories
The Retail Owners Institute Focus on retail finance, inventory mgt. & cash flow
Business Opportunities - Buy  
BizBen Listing of small to mid-size businesses for sale
bizjournals Listing of small to mid-size businesses for sale
CA Association of Business Brokers Listing of small to mid-size businesses for sale
Business Opportunities - Franchise  
FranChoice Finding the right franchise to buy
FranNet Finding the right franchise to buy
Business Opportunities - State  
CA Department of Financial Institutions Info on selling to the State of California
Business Plans - Samples  
Bplans Free sample business plans & general information
Entrepreneur Free sample business plans & general information
SamplePlan Business plan templates (fee-based)
Business Plans - Software  
Fundable Plans Web-based planning & financial forms
JIAN Macintosh & Windows compatible
PlanWare Various business planning software products 
Business Plans & Tools  
Business Planning Tools for Non-Profit Organizations Covers multiple aspects of running a non-profit, including how to manage and recruit volunteers.
BulletProof Business Plans Business plan software, samples & information
Center for Business Planning Business plan software, samples & information
MasterCard Several easy to use business guides
The One Page Business Plan Co. Business plan software, samples & information
SWOT Analysis An Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis
Debt Payoff Calculator The Simple dollar debt payoff calculator
Business - Sourcing  
Better Business Bureau Provides a listing of accredited businesses that pledge to adhere to the BBB Code of Business Practices.
ThomasNet Industrial manufacturers, distributors and services directory
MacRAE's Blue Book Directory of industrial suppliers
Process Register Online industrial buyer\'s guide
Business Start-Ups  
Wicked Start Turn Your Idea Into a Business - FREE Service
Steve Blank Startup Guru, Lean Startup
About.com:Small Business General small business information
AllBusiness.com Info & tools to help small business start-ups
Business Owner's Toolkit Info & tools to help small business start-ups
MWBE.com Support for minority & women business entrepreneurs
SME Toolkit Info, tips & resources on all aspects of business
StartupNation Variety of info on all aspects of starting a business
Powerful Presentations Communicate Better, get your point across, get noticed
The Entrepreneur's Help Page Info & tools to help small business start-ups
WomanOwned Info, tools & networking opportunities for women
Renaissance Entrepreneurs Support for Bay Area entrepreneurs
PitchForce Entrepreneur Pitch Events 
PitchEnvy Gallery of Successful Pitch Decks
Founders Institute Entrepreneur Training & Startup Launch Program
Y Combinator Incubator provides seed funding for startups
SeedCamp Incubator for early stage companies
GSV Labs Accelerate global innovation
Plug & Play Global Business Accelerator


eCommerce - Marketing  
MarketingTips Online business marketing resources & training
Multichannel Merchant Online business marketing resources & training
eCommerce - Payment  
2CO Internet payment service
Elavon Internet payment service
PayPal Internet payment service
Square Internet payment service
eCommerce - Security  
VeriSign Tools & services to protect online transactions
DocuSign Secure electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services.
Online Selling  
craigslist Community of buyers & sellers
eBay Community of buyers & sellers
Etsy Community of handmade merchandise buyers & sellers
Shopify Shopify is the best ecommerce platform that has everything you need to sell online, on social media, or in person.
Amazon PRO Selling Sell like a Pro


Funding - Angel Investors  
Keiretsu Forum All Types, $250K-$5Mil, Randy Williams CEO
DreamFunded Invest or sell private shares, Manny Fernandez CEO
Life Science Angels, Inc. Bio/Life Science, $200k-$700K, Allan May Chairman
Funders Club Online funding
Investors' Circle Green/Solar, $200k-$500K, Deb Parsons Co-Director
Angels' Forum All Types, $250K-$500K, Carol Sands Manager
Band Of Angels  Tech/Bio/Mobile, $300-$1Mil, Ian Sobieski Director
North Bay Angels Tech/Mobile, $250-$1Mil, David Hehman Chairman
Angel Capital Association Directory of angel investor organizations
Funding - General  
BizBuyFinancing Info on various sources for business loans
BusinessFinance.com Info on various sources for business loans
Consumer Credit Counseling Services Local credit counseling & debt consolidation advice
Main Street Launch Local commercial loan sources and services
Prosper Online peer-to-peer lending service
CrowdFunding Sites  
goFundme The worlds #1 personal fundraising site
indiegogo The largest global fundraising site
KickStarter Largest project fundraising site
CrowdRise Raise money for any cause that inspires you
Funding - Grants  
Foundation Center Source for non-profit funding & grant writing information
Funding - Microloans  
Kiva Local Local community microloan program
Opportunity Fund Local community microloan program
Pacific Community Ventures Local community microloan program
Working Solutions Local community microloan program
Kabbage Small Business Loans
Lighter Capital Small Business Loans
Funding - Venture Capital  
DFJ Global Venture Funding, Contact Mohanjit Jolly
Garage Technology Ventures Funding for California hi-tech start-ups, Bill Reichert CEO
Google Ventures Venture Capital
SamSung Ventures Venture Capital
Microsoft Ventures Venture Capital
vFinance Directory of venture capital firms
Seed Round Term Sheets Seed Round Term Sheet Templates
Anti-Dilution Term Sheet Understanding the term sheet (PDF format)


Government - County  
Alameda County Fictitious name registration
Contra Costa County  Fictitious name registration
Solano County Fictitious name registration
Government - Federal  
Business.usa.gov Info & tools to help small business start-ups
Internal Revenue Service Tax info, forms & EINs (employer identification numbers)
Small Business Administration Services, tools & tips for small businesses
Government - General  
State and Local Gov. on the Net Directory of U.S. state, county & city government websites
CourtSystem.org Directory of Legal and Law Enforcement addresses
Government - State  
CA Business Portal Info about starting a business in California
CA Employment Development Dept. California payroll tax information & forms
CA Franchise Tax Board California corporate tax information
CA Sec. of State - Business Programs General information about doing business in California
CA State Board of Equalization California business tax & fee information
CalGold California business permits information
California Tax Service Center Guides to California income, payroll, sales & use taxes
State of California General information about California
Intellectual Property  
U.S. Copyright Office Copyright information
International Trade - Exporting  
Export.gov Info about exporting from the U.S.
International Trade Administration Government assistance programs for exporters
International Trade - Financing  
Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Info about financing small business exports
INCOTERMS  Explanation of international terms of sale 
International Trade - General  
CalChamber Resources & contacts for California exporters & importers
Port of Oakland Directory of Northern California resources
International Trade - Importing  
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Info about importing into the U.S.
International Trade - Partners  
Federal Maritime Commission Directory of licensed U.S. freight forwarders 
Global Sources Database linking buyers & sellers worldwide
Kompass Database linking buyers & sellers worldwide
NCBFAA Directory of Customhouse Brokers & Freight Forwarders
International Trade - Research  
Alibaba.com Online source for products, suppliers & buyers
PIERS Commodity, exporter & importer information
TradePort California export & import data & trade leads
USA Trade Online U.S. export & import census data
Inventors - General  
InventNET Info & advice about developing & marketing inventions
Small Business Investors Alliance Local networking organization for prospective investors
Will It Sell? General information for inventors
Inventors - Patents  
Delphion Patent search
FreePatentsOnline Patent research & general information
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent & trademark information


Legal - General  
BusinessLaws.com Legal documents & information
FindLaw Legal documents & information
LegalZoom DIY Legal documents & information
Nolo DIY Legal documents & information
Legal - Employment Law  
LawRoom Employment Legal documents & information
Legal - Incorporation  
CA Department of Corporations California business incorporation information 
Harvard Business Services Delaware Business incorporation information & services
MyCorporation Business incorporation information & services
The Company Corporation Business incorporation information & services
Legal - Startups  
Royse Law Firm Roger Royse provides Legal services for early stage companies
Start-Up Forms Library Key legal forms to start and grow your company
CooleyGo Startup legal resources
WilmerHale Launch Explore - Grow - Launch
Founders Workbench Building on your ideas
Startup Company Lawyer Resources, Forms, Answers 


Market Research - General  
Alameda County Library Access to various databases & other information
Hoovers Basic information about thousands of companies
ReferenceUSA Business & consumer database - available @ libraries
U.S. Census Bureau Business & consumer information & projections
Market Research - Location  
City-Data.com Detailed city & zip code information
ePodunk In-depth information about communities & counties
New Geography Demographic & economic information
Market Research - Statistics  
Statista Find statistics, consumer survey results and industry studies from over 22500 sources on over 60000 topics on the internet's leading statistics database
Bizminer Industry research & data (subscription-based)
BizStats Financial & operating data for business planning
STAT-USA/Internet Source for U.S. business, trade & economic information
Marketing - General  
Huthwaite Techniques for business-to-business (B2B) selling
Marketing Teacher Source of information on a variety of marketing issues
Professional Services Marketing Marketing & communications for professional services
Marketing - Promotion  
Area's Best Business Alternative solutions to reaching potential customers
Chief Marketer General advice & information on promoting your business
GoLogo Logo advice & design
PR Toolkit Info, tips & tools for effective company communications
Marketing - Survey Tools  
QuestionPro Online survey tools and information
Survey Monkey Online survey tools and information
Zoomerang Online survey tools and information
Marketing Plans  
Mplans Free sample marketing plans & general advice

Professional Services

Professional Services - Financial  
CalCPA Directory of California certified public accounts
California Board of Accountancy Directory of various financial service providers
CPAdirectory Directory of California certified public accounts
Echx Payroll outsourcing service
Paychex Payroll outsourcing service
Professional Services - Insurance  
Insurance Information Institute General information for business insurance
Professional Services - Legal  
Alameda County Bar Association Directory of Alameda County lawyers
American Bar Association General information for legal services
Contra Costa County Bar Association Directory of Contra Costa County lawyers
Attorneys.com Matches local Attorneys to your legal issue
Lawyers.com Directory of legal services
Martindale Checkout Attorney's background & qualifications
Solano County Bar Association Directory of Solano County lawyers
Professional Services - Real Estate  
Loopnet Commercial real estate resource
Zillow Commercial & Residential real estate resource
Cityfeet Commercial real estate resource

Social Media

Social Networking  
jabezenterprisegroup Resources to help you setup social networking
Add This Tools to spread & track web content
Delicious Bookmark organizing tool
Digg Web content evaluation
Social Marketing - Blogs  
Blogger Blog set-up
Copyblogger Develop creative writing & content marketing skills
LiveJournal Crossover social networking & blog platform
Moveable Type Variety of social publishing platforms & services
WordPress Open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.
Social Marketing - Email  
Constant Contact Email platform & templates
Lyris Email platform & templates
Social Marketing - General  
2hats Consulting Tools & support for small business owners
Boot Camp Digital Live & online training programs 
eMarketer General information about digital marketing & media
Grow Smart Business Info, tools & insights on how businesses use social media
Mashable Info, tips & resources to using social media
Bay Area Green Business Program Resources to help small businesses become sustainable
Earth 2017 Practical advice on becoming a sustainable business
Triple Pundit Info on the triple bottom line - people, planet & profit
Trade Shows  
BizTradeShows.Com Industry-specific trade show information
Trade Show News Network Industry-specific trade show information
Trade-Show-Advisor.com Info, resources and tips on trade show participation


Website - DIY Development   
Squarespace Build your website for FREE
Wix Build your website for FREE
CoffeeCup Website information, software & support
HTML Goodies Website information, software & support
Weebly Build your website for FREE
HTMLCenter Website information, software & support
Website - Domain Names  
checkdomain.com Establishing a domain name for your website
Sedo Source for buying & selling domain names
Website - Free Hosting  
Bravenet Website information, tools & support
Netfirms Website information, tools & support
Webs Website information, tools & support
Website - Keywords  
Good Keywords Info & software to maximize keyword results
Google AdWords Improve your Google search results
Website - Linkage  
Onlywire Info & software to integrate with social networks
Website - Management  
Google Analytics Tools to analyze website traffic & marketing effectiveness
LinkPopularity Search engine optimization training, tools & tips
searchengines.com Search engine optimization training, tools & tips
SEO Book Search engine optimization training, tools & tips
Website - Paid Hosting  
1&1 Full-service website support
Go Daddy Full-service website support
Hostway Full-service website support