As a non-profit organization, CMTC’s mission is to serve as a trusted advisor to manufacturers providing solutions which will grow both their businesses and the California economy. To help fulfill this role we have compiled list below of state and federal agencies with programs and services to assist manufacturers. 

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California Programs, California Small Business Development Centers (listed by region), California Economic Development Districts, California Area Planning Grantees, California Revolving Loan Fund Grantees, California Workforce Development Boards, Federal Programs

California Programs

Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exclusion (STE) Program

California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA)

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) offers a full sales and use tax exclusion to manufacturers that promote alternative energy and advanced transportation.

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Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Program

California Department of Toxic Substances Control

This program provides low-interest rate loans between $200,000 and $900,000 for financing cleanup activities of sites by eligible public or private property owners, including government agencies, private property owners as well as non-profit organizations.

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California Capital Access Program

California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA)

This program encourages lenders to make loans to small businesses that may have difficulty obtaining capital. These credit enhancement mechanisms minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans.

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California Competes Tax Credit

California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to come, stay, or grow in California.

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California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) CLEEN Center 

The IBank established the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center to offer financing to public agencies and non-profit corporations to help achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase market confidence in green investing.

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California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA)

The California Pollution Control Financing Authority provides tax-exempt bond financing for pollution control projects. The securities pay for acquisition, construction or installation of qualified pollution control, water furnishing, waste disposal, waste recovery facilities, and equipment.

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California Preservation Incentives 

Office of Historic Preservation

A wide variety of local, state and federal incentives are available for property owners who opt to repair and rehabilitate historical resources rather than turn to demolition and new construction. To learn more, visit the Office of Historic Preservation website.

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California’s Workforce Development Board

The California Workforce Development Board works to serve employment and training needs for companies. Employee recruitment and technical assistance services are predominantly provided through regional One-Stop Career Centers at no cost.

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Cool California Funding Wizard

The Funding Wizard can help you find grants related to energy efficiency upgrades and rebates, with a particular emphasis on sustainable and environmentally-friendly business practices.

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Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Certification

DGS General Services

Disabled veteran business enterprises are eligible for special benefits in the state contracting process.

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Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

California Community Colleges

Led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Doing What Matters initiative works to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success and get Californians into open jobs.

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Economic Development Rate Program

California Public Utilities Commission

This program gives special utility discounts for businesses that require high-energy loads to operate, or continue operating, in California.

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Employment Training Panel 

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to well-paying, long-term jobs.

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Export-Import Bank

This bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. Its mission is to ensure that U.S. companies — large and small — have access to the financing they need to turn export opportunities into sales.

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Industrial Development Bonds

Industrial development bonds provide financing for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipping of manufacturing and processing facilities for private companies.

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Joint Venture Program

This program allows companies to establish enterprises inside California’s prisons to employ inmates. Employers pay comparable wages, but save substantially on employment benefit costs. Employees selected to participate have a strong desire to work and learn job skills.


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JumpStart Loan Guarantee Program

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

The program provides microloans for low-wealth entrepreneurs located in a low wealth community or disaster area.

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New Employment Credit

State of California Franchise Tax Board

The New Employment Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that hire qualified full-time employees within designated geographic areas.

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Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE) Program

California Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board offers financing opportunities for off-road vehicles, fleet vehicles, and equipment used in freight movement.

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Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program


This program provides attractive loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture their products and are located in a zone.

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Research & Development Tax Credit

State of California Franchise Tax Board

A business may qualify for an income tax credit if it paid for or incurred qualified research expenses while conducting qualified research activity in California. Qualified research expenses include wages, supplies, and contract research costs.

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Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration administers a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases.

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Self-Generation Incentive Program

California Public Utilities Commission

This program provides rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer’s side of the utility meter. Qualifying technologies include wind turbines, waste heat to power technologies, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion engines, microturbines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and advanced energy storage systems.

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Small Business Certification Program

DGS General Services

Certified small business (SBs) and microbusinesses (MBs) are entitled to benefits in the state contracting process.

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Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

Small Business Finance Center

This program provides “access to capital” that may not have been available to growing businesses without this guarantee.  The guarantee minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans.

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Teleproduction Exemption 

Sales & Use Tax Exemptions

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration offers a partial sales and use tax exemption for the sale, storage, use or other consumption of machinery, equipment including component parts to a qualified person used primarily in teleproduction or other postproduction service.

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The California Apprenticeship Initiative

Apprenticeship offers the right blend of “learning by doing” and theoretical instruction “in-class” to produce workers who have the necessary skills for each industry. This initiative is administered by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in close partnership with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, to provide businesses with guidance for setting up an apprenticeship program.

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California Small Business Development Centers (listed by region)

Alameda County - SBDC

New location coming soon!

We work with local small businesses to accelerate their growth and success.

Oakland, CA
Phone: 510-208-0410

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Bixel Exchange - Emerging Technology Center

Funded in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the Startup LAunch Program empowers tech entrepreneurs on the road to independence with non-equity and no-cost incubation to launch and sustainably scale their companies.

350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-580-7584

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Butte College SBDC

Our Mission is Your Success - Serving Butte, Glenn & Tehama Counties.

221 Main Street, Suite 301, Salinas, CA
Phone: 831-424-1099

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Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation

The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development of technology-focused ventures by providing high-quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies. We help entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment.

872 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA
Phone: 805-756-5171

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Capital Region SBDC

We help small businesses in Sacramento do big business and offer no-cost workshops for everyone interested in small businesses.

One Capitol Mall, Ste. 300, Sacramento, CA 
Phone: 916-319-4268

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Central Valley SBDC

The Valley Community Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Fresno, Tulare, Madera, and Kings Counties.

390 W. Fir Avenue, Suite 303, Clovis, CA
Phone: 559-324-6421

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Coachella Valley SBDC

Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed.

44-199 Monroe Street, Suite B, Indio, CA
Phone: 760-848-4096

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College of the Canyons SBDC

Our SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons serves Northern Los Angeles County including the Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley. We help entrepreneurs, prospective and existing small business owners start new businesses,  manage and grow existing businesses.

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, University Center, #258, Santa Clarita, CA
Phone: 661-362-5900

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Contra Costa SBDC

The Contra Costa SBDC delivers localized programming and personalized advising, in collaboration with community partners, to qualified individuals to promote economic impact and human capital development.

4071 Port Chicago Highway, Suite 250, Concord, CA
Phone: 925-671-4570

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CSU Bakersfield SBDC

The CSU Bakersfield Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties. 

1631 17th Street, Suite 200, Bakersfield, CA
Phone: 661-654-2856

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Economic Development Corporation - Ventura County SBDC

The SBDC, hosted by Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) in Ventura County, serves both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties with professional consultants and trainers available in convenient outreach centers across the region.

1601 Carmen Drive, #215, Camarillo, CA
Phone: 805-384-1800

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El Camino College SBDC

The mission of the Small Business Development Center hosted by El Camino College is to be the number one service provider of no-cost, expert entrepreneurial consulting, education and access to capital assistance to the small business community in the greater South Bay and Los Angeles area.

13430 Hawthorne Boulevard , Hawthorne, CA
Phone: 310-973-3177

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Growing the Tech Ecosystemin the Inland Empire

UC Riverside’s EPIC SBDC provides early stage tech entrepreneurs and companies support to grow their businesses at no cost. Services include specialized consulting, training programs and workshops, access to capital and SBIR/STTR assistance.

3403 10th Street Suite 120, Riverside, CA
Phone: 951-468-5026

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Imperial Valley SBDC

The Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center helps local small businesses prosper by delivering no cost business assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs through one-on- one counseling and workshops to help start and grow small businesses.

3051 North Imperial Avenue Suite 102, El Centro, CA
Phone: 760-312-9800

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Inland Empire SBDC

Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed
We are a distinguished provider of small business consulting, education and resources. Our network strives to deliver high-quality expertise through our team of consultants, so we can help you achieve long-term success for your business.

3780 Market Street, Riverside, CA
Phone: 951-781-2345
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Launchpad - SBDCtech

Driving Innovation and Growth by Connecting People, Resources and Capital

LaunchPad SBDC is an award-winning and nationally recognized high-tech development service provides business guidance and creates access to capital growth resources through its network of investors, companies, subject matter advisors and academics. LaunchPad works with ventures in the med-tech, information, lifestyle and clean tech sectors.

65 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA
Phone: 949-330-6565

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Long Beach City College SBDC

Assisting Clients in Long Beach and the Gateway Cities

The SBDC has been hosted by Long Beach City College since 2006 and in that time has helped thousands of area business owners increase their sales, obtain loans, streamline operations, utilize new technologies, expand into new markets, and position themselves for long-term growth.

4900 E. Conant Street, Building O2, Suite 108, Long Beach, CA
Phone: 562-938-5100

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Los Angeles Regional SBDC

Elevating L.A.'s Tech Ecosystem

Bixel Exchange is Los Angeles' Center for Innovation and Technology. We are hosted at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-580-7584

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Marin SBDC

Providing guidance for business growth and vibrant local economies

As part of the Northern California SBDC network, the Marin SBDC serves all of Marin County and is currently hosted by Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line. 

79 Acacia Avenue, 104 Bertrand Hall, San Rafael, CA
Phone: 415-755-1100

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Mendocino SBDC (Fort Bragg)

We serve entrepreneurs and micro business owners in Northern California

The Mendocino SBDC mission is to provide business owners and managers with information, training and expert individual consulting. We are here to help you succeed, and through your success, to help stimulate our local and regional economy.

Mendocino Coast Office
760 B Stewart Street, Fort Bragg, CA
Phone: 707-964-7571

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Mendocino SBDC (Ukiah)

We serve entrepreneurs and micro business owners in Northern California

The Mendocino SBDC mission is to provide business owners and managers with information, training and expert individual consulting. We are here to help you succeed, and through your success, to help stimulate our local and regional economy.

Mendocino Inland Office
185 E. Church Street, Ukiah, CA
Phone: 707-964-7571

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Napa-Sonoma SBDC (Napa)

Get funding to achieve your start up or small business goals

s part of the Northern California SBDC network, the Napa-Sonoma SBDC serves all of Napa and Sonoma counties and is hosted by Napa Valley College. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Bldg 3300, Napa, CA
Phone: 707-256-7250

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Napa-Sonoma SBDC (Sonoma)

How can we help your small business succeed?

As part of the Northern California SBDC network, the Napa-Sonoma SBDC serves all of Napa and Sonoma counties and is hosted by Napa Valley College. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

141 Stony Circle, Suite 110, Santa Rosa, CA
Phone: 707-595-0060

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North Coast SBDC

We help small businesses thrive on our North Coast

The North Coast SBDC serves all of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, is currently hosted by Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network.  We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line. 

520 E Street, Eureka, CA
Phone: 707-445-9720

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North San Diego SBDC

We have the knowledge, resources and skills to help you build and maintain a successful business.

The North San Diego SBDC is hosted by MiraCosta College, and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Did you know…The SBDC is a leading provider of consulting services and workshops for small businesses in North San Diego County? 

2075 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Phone: 760-795-8740

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Orange County / Inland Empire Regional SBDC

Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

The Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other private sector funds to offer no-cost business consulting, training and online courses to current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE SBDC) Network and its Lead Center are hosted by California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

800 N. State College Blvd. SGMH-4157, Fullerton, CA
Phone: 657-278-1801


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Orange County SBDC - Irvine

Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

At the Orange County SBDC, we have helped stimulate economic growth in Orange County since 1991, by providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with no cost consulting services, a wide variety of training opportunities and access to an extensive network of resources. Every year we assist more than 1,000 clients and provide business workshops to thousands of attendees across Orange County.

1 Banting, Suite A, Irvine, CA
Phone: 657-278-1801

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Orange County SBDC - Santa Ana

Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

Our Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network provides support for the growth and development of the economies of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino County by advancing job creation, job retention and business expansion. Since its inception in 2003, the OCIE SBDC Network has had a tremendous impact on the economies of the communities we serve and its small businesses.

1300 S. Bristol St. 2nd Floor, Santa Ana, CA
Phone: 714-564-5200

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Pacific Coast Regional SBDC

We Help Businesses at Every Stage (Serving the Los Angeles Area)

Every business starts with a bright idea. Whether you need help getting your idea off the ground or want to grow your business, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Pacific Coast Regional is here for you! We provide individual consulting at no cost and training at a a low-cost as needed to help you start and grow your business.

3255 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1501, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-674-2696

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Pasadena City College

We Help Businesses at Every Stage (Serving the San Gabriel Valley)

Our program is dedicated to promoting economic growth in our community. We provide confidential, no cost one-on-one business consulting to assist with business startups, growth, loans, marketing, government contracting, technology and more. We have the resources to help you start, grow or manage your business!

3035 E. Foothill Boulevard, Room 122, Pasadena, CA
Phone: 626-585-3106

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San Diego - Imperial Counties SBDC

Moving every entrepreneur towards business success

The San Diego and Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is hosted by Southwestern College, with sub-centers hosted by MiraCosta College, University of San Diego and the Imperial Regional Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to economic development.  The network provides a vast array of "No Cost" and "Low Cost" support to entrepreneurs and small businesses through our four locations in Carlsbad (North San Diego), National City (South San Diego), University of San Diego (SBDC The Brink) and El Centro (Imperial Valley). 

3051 North Imperial Avenue Suite 102, El Centro, CA
Phone: 760-312-9800

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San Diego SBDC - South

Did you know…The SBDC is a leading provider of consulting services and workshops for the small businesses in the south San Diego Region? We have experienced Business Advisor that will focus on your business’s specific needs. Our workshops are conducted by industry experts in Marketing, Procurement, Financial Analysis, and other business management topics. Whether you are operating an existing business or starting a business, we have the knowledge, resources and skills to help you build and maintain a successful business.

880 National City Blvd., Suite 7100, National City, CA
Phone: 619-482-6391

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San Francisco SBDC

We Help Small Businesses in San Francisco Do Big Business

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a results oriented program that provides expert no-cost advising and workshops in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese, to guide small businesses to success. As part of the Northern California SBDC network, the San Francisco SBDC serves all of San Francisco County and is hosted by the City and County of San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and help grow our client’s bottom line.

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Suite 110, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-937-7232

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San Joaquin Delta SBDC

Free and confidential business consulting, and free and affordable training

The Northeastern California Small Business Development Center, San Joaquin Delta College (SBDC), a Partnership Program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and other state and local partners, is located in the sunny Central Valley of California and serves San Joaquin, Amador, Alpine and Calaveras Counties.  Through free and confidential business consulting, plus free and affordable training, we are here to assist with any aspect of small business development, from starting a small business to expanding or helping with problems in an existing business.

56 South Lincoln Street, 2nd Floor, San Joaquin, CA
Phone:  209-954-5089

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San Mateo SBDC

We're Dedicated to the Success of Entrepreneurs in San Mateo County

The San Mateo SBDC serves all of San Mateo County, is hosted by San Mateo County Community College District, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network.  We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line. 

1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard, College Center Bdg 10, Rm 491, San Mateo, CA
Phone:  650-574-6402

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Santa Cruz SBDC

How Can We Help You Grow Your Small Business?

The Santa Cruz SBDC serves all of Santa Cruz County, is hosted by Cabrillo Community College, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

6500 Soquel Drive, Bldg 2100C, Aptos, CA
Phone: 831-479-6136

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SBDC @ UCI Applied Innovation - SBDCtech

A Resource for Ventures From Idea to Exit

We offer access to a team of experienced consultants that take a hands-on approach in providing highly-tailored, relationship-focused solutions to the business growth challenges and opportunities of their clients. The Center is especially focused on fundraising assistance, taking advantage of the wealth of resources and relationships cultivated throughout the Cove @ UCI and the surrounding community. The focus of SBDC @ UCI Applied Innovation is on high-technology, high-growth, scalable ventures from Orange County and the UCI ecosystem, including life science, med-tech, and med-device.

5141 California Ave, Suite 250, Irvine, CA
Phone: 949-824-6835

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SBDC Hispanic Satellite

Helping Small Busineses Do Big Business

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Hispanic Satellite is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost consulting, low cost workshops and small business trainings in in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment. The SBDC Hispanic Satellite serves all of Santa Clara County, is hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

1887 Monterey Road, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA
Phone: 408-385-9800

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Shasta-Cascade SBDC

Shasta Cascade SBDC consultants work with business clients in a confidential, one-on-one relationship. Consultants offer their guidance and expertise to help build better businesses. We also offer special programs for start-up businesses.

5800 Airport Road, Redding, CA
Phone: 530-222-8323

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Sierra SBDC

Sierra Small Business Development Center Helping Businesses Thrive

The Sierra SBDC serves a 7 county region comprised of Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Lassen, Modoc, Placer and El Dorado counties. We serve small and medium businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including new ventures, growing companies and mature businesses. We provide direct, no cost one-on-one consulting that enables businesses to improve and expand their companies, solve problems, strengthen management, develop new ideas for products or services, or investigate business opportunities.

10183 Truckee Airport Rd., Ste. 202, Truckee, CA
Phone: 530-582-5022

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Silicon Valley SBDC

We Help Small Businesses in Silicon Valley Do Big Business

The Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising, low cost workshops and small business trainings, to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment. We serve the Greater Silicon Valley Area, which includes Santa Clara and South San Mateo Counties, is hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, and is part of the Northern California SBDC network. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

1887 Monterey Road, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA
Phone: 408-385-9800

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Siskiyou SBDC

Our mission is to facilitate business growth, retention, and attraction to promote community prosperity. Since its inception in 1985, the SEDC has developed strategies that result in the constructive, balanced economic growth of our region.

1512 S. Oregon St., Yreka, CA
Phone: 530-842-1638

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Solano College SBDC

We Help Small Businesses in Solano County Do Big Business

The Solano Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising, low cost workshops and small business trainings to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment.  We serve all of Solano County and is part of the Northern California SBDC network. We work hands-on with entrepreneurs and business owners to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our client’s bottom line.

1111 Webster Street, Fairfield, CA
Phone: 707-646-1071

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Tech Futures Group

The Free Advisory Board

Tech Futures Group (TFG) is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program focusing exclusively on advising qualified technology clients located in the NorCal SBDC network coverage area. Funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and others allows TFG to pay its advisors and provide free services to its clients.

2120 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Phone:  415-494-7232

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the Brink

Business Incubators and Accelerators

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Innovation at University of San Diego offers world-class business consulting, and relevant and insightful guidance to growth-oriented, innovation-based entrepreneurs, who are running small businesses. SBDC focuses on providing support to businesses that have fewer than 500 employees, that are innovation focused and that are looking to impact not only economic growth but also prosperity for the region through the penta-bottom line approach (profit, people, planet, peace, prosperity). 

5998 Alcala Park MRH-101, San Diego, CA
Phone: 619-260-4547

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University of La Verne

Helping Businesses Start, Grow and Succeed

The Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network includes the Lead Center, eight local Service Centers and more than 20 satellite locations. It is among the top 10 funded networks in the country. Our SBDC network assists small business owners throughout the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. We increase sales, obtain loans, streamline operations, utilize new technologies, expand into new markets, and position our clients for long-term growth. 

2180 Third Street, La Verne, CA
Phone: 909-448-1567

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Valley Sierra SBDC - Merced

Find out how we can help you to start, grow and succeed!

The Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties, thereby enhancing individual, family, community and regional prosperity.

1735 M Street, Suite 111, Merced, CA
Phone: 209-386-1008

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Valley Sierra SBDC - Modesto

Find out how we can help you to start, grow and succeed!

The Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties, thereby enhancing individual, family, community and regional prosperity.

1625 I Street, Modesto, CA
Phone: 209-422-6416

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California Economic Development Districts

Central Sierra Economic Development District

We are a five county Economic Development District that serves the Counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne along with the Cities of Sonora and Angels Camp. We are administered by Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT) staff and we partner with MLJT and local economic development offices to bring workforce and economic development assistance to businesses and residents throughout the Mother Lode Region.

197 Mono Way, Suite B, Sonora, CA 
Phone: 209-533-3396

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Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District

Whether you just need a quick answer to a business start-up question, or you'd like help with the entire process of starting or growing your business, we are just a phone call away. Call our Business Assistance Hotline for access to all EDB services, plus information about other business resources in Sonoma County than can help your business.

141 Stony Circle, Suit 110, Santa Rosa, CA
Phone: 707-565-7170

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Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp)

Serving a five-county region, including Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and part of Alpine Counties, SEDCorp is a 40-year-old, private, non-profit, regional economic development organization that (1) supports the jurisdictions in the multi-county service area, (2) is the premier business trainer in the region, and (3) provides direct access to capital for small businesses by being intermediary lenders for a number of public and private funding sources.

414 13th Street 200 B, Oakland, CA
Phone: 415-744-2383

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Superior California Economic Development District

Superior California Economic Development (SCED) provides loans to small and mid-sized businesses, financing growth and job creation.  SCED is a Joint Powers Authority formed in 1979 for the purpose of providing economic development planning assistance to communities within the four county district of Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity.

350 Hartnell Avenue, Suite A, Redding, CA
Phone: 530-225-2760

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3Core Economic Development Corporation

Cultivating Healthy Businesses Because People Matter

3CORE is a private, non-profit corporation that works as the economic development planning and coordinating agency for the Tri-County region, composed of Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties and the nine member cities located therein. We will help you secure your next small business loan.

1430 East Avenue, Suite 4A, Chico, CA
Phone: 530-893-8732

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Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation

Business Solutions. Simplified

The Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation's (YSEDC's) mission is to improve and enhance the diversification and sustainability of the economy by assisting the community in retaining and creating jobs, and by enhancing development opportunities and facilitating business investments in the region.

 950 Tharp Road, Suite 1303, Yuba City, CA
Phone: 530-751-8555

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California Area Planning Grantees

Imperial County

The Community and Economic Development Department's mission is to work in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies to develop greater economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for all Imperial County residents. The Department also assists with the improvement of neighborhoods and supports economic growth by securing the financing for housing project programs, water and wastewater treatment plants, roads improvements, public services, and other projects.

940 W. Main Street, Suite 203, El Centro, CA
Phone: 442-265-1100

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Round Valley Indian Tribes

A Sovereign Nation of Confederated Tribes

Our Mission:
To promote the social and economic welfare of the members of the Tribe; Protect the rights of our members; Protect our land, timber, fish, wildlife, water and natural resources; Preserve and protect our heritage including our cultural values and traditions, build a stronger tribal government; Promote honor, dignity and respect among the Tribe; Acquire additional lands for the benefit of the Tribe and its members, promote tribal business and enterprises; Preserve, secure and exercise all the inherent sovereign rights and powers of an Indian Tribe.

77826 Covelo Road, Covelo, CA
Phone: 707-983-6126

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Karuk Community Development Corporation

The mission of the Karuk Community Development Corporation is to strengthen, sustain, and diversify our tribal economy and to improve the quality of life in our communities.

PO Box 1016, Happy Camp, CA
Phone: 530-493 - 1485

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Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

Guiding American Business Toward Success

Established in 1978, the Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (Western TAAC)  supported by a Department of Commerce grant, assists U.S. manufacturers to improve their international competitiveness. Our mission is to provide matching fund grants for technical services through independent industry consultants with expertise in broad areas such as marketing, management, engineering, and quality systems for import impacted firms.

3716 South Hope Street , Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-821-1403

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California State University, Chico- Center for Economic Development

Empowering North State Leaders to Make Informed Decisions

The Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico provides regional leaders with accurate and timely information to address the socio-economic challenges and opportunities facing the region. By conducting high-quality research and leveraging the academic resources of CSU, Chico, we empower regional leaders to make effective and informed decisions to best serve the needs of their clients, constituents, and communities.

35 Main Street, Suite 203, Chico, CA
Phone: 530-898-4598

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Fresno State – Office of Community and Economic Development

We have a regional perspective of connectivity.

The Office of Community & Economic Development at Fresno State connects the University to the community throughout the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley. We connect the community to the resources of Fresno State, through data, research, industry insights, and connections to collaborators, investors, researchers, affiliates, and new markets. We administer the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center, San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative, San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium, and the Community and Regional Planning Center located on the Fresno State campus.

550 E Shaw Avenue, Suite 230, Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-278-0721

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California Revolving Loan Fund Grantees

Berkeley, City of

The City of Berkeley's Revolving Loan Fund can provide limited financing in situations where private financing is unavailable and when the loan will result in increased jobs. The Revolving Loan Fund offers loans to businesses with interest rates and terms that are below market, available for use in funding business expansion, fixed assets, equipment, working capital, and real estate.

2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA
Phone: 510-981-7530

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California Association for Local Economic Development

Growing Local Economies To Increase the Value of Life

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) is the premier statewide professional economic development organization dedicated to advancing its members’ ability to achieve excellence in delivering economic development services to their communities and business clients. CALED’s membership consists of public and private organizations and individuals involved in economic development: the business of creating and retaining jobs. 

550 Bercut Drive, Suite G, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-448-8252

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CDC Tulare County

The Certified Development Corporation dba Business Finance Center of Tulare County's primary mission is to assist small businesses within the State of California. This will be accomplished through financing programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 504 fixed asset financing, other federal and state financing programs. The BFC works collaboratively with governmental agencies, lending institutions and businesses throughout the State of California to bring a unified effort to expand and diversify the business community.

161 No. M Street, Tulare, CA
Phone: 559-688-6666

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Del Norte Economic Development Corporation

The DNEDC is a non profit corporation formed in 1976.  We are considered a lender of last resort, a gap filler.  We are here to assist the borrower who has a project that is not bankable at this time or to fill the gap between what a bank or other financial institute will lend on the project and the actual project cost. 

882 H Street, Crescent City, CA
Phone: 707-464-2169 

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Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County

When Business Thrives, Our Community Prospers

Today, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center, the EDC is regional asset for economic vitality in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, giving businesses, community partners and civic leaders the resources they need to succeed. By leveraging public and private funds, the EDC has become a key player in delivering business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives that support the regional economy.

4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite A-1, Camarillo, CA
Phone:  805-409-9159

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El Centro, City of

The Community Services Department is responsible for all activities and public services associated with the Economic Development Division, Parks and Recreation Division, and the Public Library Division.  Economic Development Division includes business development, community development, and housing programs and services.

1275 W Main Street, El Centro, CA
Phone: 760-337-4543

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Fame Assistance Corporation

Family - Dignity - Empowerment - Community

FAME Financial Services (FFS) is a service collaborative designed serving both consumers and small business owners. Through a series of yearly workshops and trainings, FFS provides business owners and entrepreneurs with free consulting and coaching providing clients with effective financial concepts and strategies.

1968 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 323-643-1675

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Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation

Your Connection to Success

Our Technical Assistance Program assists small business entrepreneurs in starting or expanding their business. This program provides assistance to small business owners in developing their business plan step-by-step and answering many questions such as, what licenses/permits does your business need and how to obtain them and what financing opportunities are available. Whether you are looking to start a business or already have one, the Technical Assistance Program will address your business needs.

1444 Fulton, Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-222-8705  

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Fresno Certified Development Financial Institution

Financing Small Business

Access Plus Capital, formally Fresno CDFI, is a mission-driven small business loan fund. Our mission is to grow businesses and jobs in underserved communities. Since our inception in 2009 we have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

1920 Mariposa Mall, Suite 111, Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-263-1351

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Fresno, City of

Fresno - More than a City

Revolving Loan Fund – Business must be within limits of City of Fresno and be unable to obtain full project financing from a conventional lender. Funds can be used for inventory, working capital, equipment purchase, and/or leasehold improvements. There is typically a job creating requirement of 1:$35,000 loaned.
Inquire about our other loan programs.

2600 Fresno Street, Room 2075, Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-227-1158

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Hoopa Valley Development Fund

Lending to Hoopa Tribal Members and the Hoopa Community

Hoopa Development Fund is comprised of two divisions; The Credit Division and the EDA Loan Fund Division. We are a certified CDFI Lending Institution and are a last resort lender. Therefore, criteria for loan approval through Hoopa Development Fund differs from conservative lending institutions.

12473 State Highway 96, Hoopa, CA
Phone: 530-625-5565

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Kings County Economic Development Corporation

New and expanding businesses can increase their bottom line through EDC assistance

The EDC Business Loan Program assists with a variety of financing options for business startups and expansions, including financing to acquire real property, equipment, and working capital.

120 North Irwin Street, Hanford, CA
Phone: 559-585-3578

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Long Beach, City of

Need Capital To Launch Or Grow Your Business? The City Of Long Beach Manages Multiple Loan Programs That Can Help To Get Your Business Off The Ground Or Help Take Your Business To The Next Level.

333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
Phone: 562-570-6099

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Los Angeles County Community Development Commission

The CDC offers competitive loan programs created to assist a variety of established businesses located in Los Angeles County. Business owners and leaders want to make smart, sound financial decisions. By working directly with CDC’s SMART Funding, businesses can access capital with low-interest and customizable loan terms. SMART Funding loan programs are led by experienced loan officers with the desire to assist local businesses.

700 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA
Phone: 626-586-1856

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Los Angeles, City of

Financing programs and development incentives for small and large businesses are vital tools for distressed urban neighborhoods. These programs have helped create new businesses, jobs, housing, education and healthcare opportunities for thousands of Americans. The City of Los Angeles offers various programs to assist private business, property owners and developers to be successful and in turn benefit low income communities, create jobs and provide goods and services in our communities.

1200 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-744-7300

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Merced County

CMTC - Merced County Logo Document

The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is administered by The Alliance Small Business Development Center (SBDC) through a partnership with Merced County Community and Economic Development Department following guidelines set by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). This financial assistance program is available to businesses located within Merced County.

2222 M Street, Second Floor, Merced, CA
Phone: 209-385-7434

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Monterey County

Cal Coastal is a Certified Development Company (CDC). A nonprofit corporation set up to contribute to the economic development of its community. CDCs work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and private-sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses.

1441 Schilling Place - North Bldg., Salinas, CA
Phone: 831-755-5390

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Oakland, City of

The Economic & Workforce Development Department works to bring about a vibrant, innovative, globally competitive economy in Oakland. Our mission is to increase investment in Oakland in a way that contributes to the growth of the City’s economy, fosters fiscal sustainability, expands job opportunities for all Oakland residents, and enhances the City’s sense of place and quality of life.

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
Phone: 510-238-3627

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Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation

At Pacific Coast Regional Corp, we offer a variety of loan programs to fit your financing needs. PCR works with approximately 35 banks throughout Southern California. If you are looking for financing for your small business, PCR is the place to start.

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 866-301-9989

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Redwood Region Economic Development Commission

The Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) is a collaboration of Humboldt County communities dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Humboldt County.We create opportunity and support the growth of local businesses. We lead projects of regional significance, make loans, and offer business consulting through our partner, the North Coast Small Business Development Center.

520 E Street, Eureka, CA
Phone: 707-445-9651

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Riverside County

To carry out the Economic Development Agency's mission to improve the local economy, Riverside County offers low-cost, long-term financing to qualified businesses expanding, upgrading existing facilities or relocating their facilities to Riverside County.  For information on the various types of financing select from the categories below.

3403 10th Street, Suite 400, Riverside, CA
Phone: 800-984-1000

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San Diego, City

The City of San Diego offers business incentives that are aligned with City Council Policy 900-12, giving companies an edge in the marketplace and helping them expand and prosper. 

1200 Third Ave., 14th Floor, San Diego, CA
Phone: 619-236-8350

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San Francisco, City of

We offer a variety of local, state and federal Tax Credits and Incentives.

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 448, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-554-6969

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San Joaquin County

A proud partner of the America's Job Center Network of California

Business Finance Services offers technical assistance to businesses located in or expanding to San Joaquin County that create or retain jobs. The professional staff works with local lenders, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Tracy/San Joaquin County Certified Development Corporation and the County's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to select the best source for financing. Loans may be arranged for the startup, retention or expansion of business activities in San Joaquin County.

Courthouse - Room 707 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA
Phone: 209-468-3619

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Success Capital Expansion & Development Corporation

We make SBA Loans simple!

The Stanislaus County Revolving Loan Fund which provides loans designed as gap financing to meet the capital needs of eligible Stanislaus County businesses. The intent of the RLF program is to provide assistance to businesses that create full-time jobs and thereby enhance the county’s overall economic base.

1100 14th Street, Suite B, Modesto, CA
Phone: 209-521-9372

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Superior California Economic Development District

SBA 504 Loans - The Best Kept Secret in Commercial Real Estate Financing

As a business owner, the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program is the best tool for purchasing or constructing owner-occupied commercial real estate. By using the SBA 504 you will be able to finance your project with the lowest down payment and a 20-year fixed rate term. SCED is licensed by the SBA to market, package and service SBA 504 loans in California.

350 Hartnell Avenue, Suite A , Redding, CA
Phone: 530-225-2760

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Valley Economic Development Center

Get Your Small Business on Track to Success.

Since 1976, VEDC has been helping small business owners achieve their dreams of entrepreneurship. Whether through low-interest financing and industry-leading partnerships with local banks, or graduating thousands of the best from our workshop academies, VEDC is the #1 resource for business owners.

5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 300, Sherman Oaks, CA
Phone: 800-304-1755

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California Workforce Development Boards

Alameda County Workforce Development Board

Leaders in Workforce

The Alameda County Workforce Development Board (ACWDB) is a 27 member employer-led oversight body of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I programs in Alameda County (outside the city of Oakland). ACWDB sets local program policies in alignment with the WIOA and ensures that there are comprehensive WIOA services for job seekers, youth, and employers.

24100 Amador St., 6th Floor, Hayward, CA
Phone: 510-259-3843

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Anaheim Workforce Development Board

The Anaheim Workforce Development Board oversees funding, provides strategic planning and develops policies that enhance workforce objectives. We do this by facilitating a framework that puts public policy to work on workforce development issues. That means special funding, laws, and programs can go to work for our community faster and more effectively. We promote partnerships among businesses, local agencies, educational institutions, and the community, coordinating resources and working together to strengthen our community, businesses, and workforce.

201 South Anaheim Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Anaheim, CA
Phone: 714-765-4350

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Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board 

The Workforce Development Board brings together leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, community-based organizations, and public agencies to align a variety of resources and organizations to enhance the competitiveness of the local workforce and support economic vitality in our region.

4071 Port Chicago Highway, Suite 250, Concord, CA
Phone:  925-671-4560

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Foothill Workforce Development Board 

Investments That Count - Job Seekers, Business & Industry, Youth, Community

The Foothill Workforce Development Board (FWDB) serves employers and job seekers in the San Gabriel Valley, by making investments in workplace skills development and job-specific training to help workers gain skills or obtain education and credentials that employers value. In turn, we build relationships with businesses to understand their hiring needs and match qualified workers. 

1207 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA
Phone: 626-796-5627

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Fresno County Workforce Development Board – Workforce Connection

Your one-stop connection to job search assistance, training opportunities and business services.

Workforce Connection One-Stop Centers is the place that brings everything together! Our diverse menu of services are designed to connect you with job search, assistance with writing your résumé, retraining for a new position and/or referrals to partnering agencies and community resources throughout Fresno County.

3302 N. Blackstone Avenue, Suite 155, Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-230-3600

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Golden Sierra Workforce Development Board

Working together to keep our local economy strong.

The Golden Sierra Workforce Board convenes industry leaders and key partners to identify workforce initiatives, create innovative solutions, and measure the success of systems’ ability to meet industry and workforce needs.

115 Ascot Drive, Ste. 100, Roseville, CA
Phone: 916-773-8540

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Humboldt County Workforce Development Board 

Through regional collaborative efforts, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Humboldt County brings together community members from the private sector, local government, non-profits, labor unions, education, and public agencies to meet employer and employee needs, to advance the prosperity of our communities.

520 E. St., Eureka, CA
Phone: 707-445-7745

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Imperial County Workforce Development Board

The Imperial County Workforce Development Board is comprised of 25 leaders from the private industry, economic development agencies, education, community-based organizations, and labor organizations. The board is charged with funding job training programs that strengthen job seekers' skills to meet local workforce needs and ensuring coordination of Imperial County's Local Workforce Development Plan with the State's strategic workforce goals.

2799 South 4th Street, El Centro, CA
Phone: 442-265-4969

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Kern, Inyo, & Mono County Workforce Development Board

Serving Kern, Inyo & Mono Counties

America's Job Center of California (AJCC) is the local One-Stop Center within the County of Kern which serves as the recruitment and training center for local employers and job seekers. AJCC provides basic training courses and also partners with Employers' Training Resource (ETR) for more in-depth training courses.

1600 E. Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA
Phone: 661-325-4473

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Kings County Workforce Development Board 

Please visit our website for information on training and employment opportunities, business expansion, and business location services. As an integrated office of workforce and economic development, we are here to serve both job seekers and employers.

120 North Irwin Street, Hanford, CA
Phone: 559-585-3576 

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Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board 

The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) oversees the expenditure of more than $50 million in public funds annually through the the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The federal WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

1200 West 7th Street, 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-744-7164

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Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board 

On July 1, 2015, a new law, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) was implemented to replace the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIOA created a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet the needs of both career seekers and businesses. Because LA County America’s Job Center of California is funded through WIOA dollars, most services are available at no cost. These services are provided through America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs) located throughout the state.

3175 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 888-226-6300

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Madera County Workforce Assistance Center

The Workforce Development Board of Madera County is focused on the economic health of our residents, businesses, and communities. Our investments in skills development and job training are flexible and responsive to the needs of business and industry, while elevating the success of our workforce and driving our region’s ability to compete in California and beyond.

2037 W Cleveland Ave, Madera, CA
Phone: 559-662-4500

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Merced County Workforce Development Board 

The Merced County Workforce Development Board (WDB) serves as the convener and facilitator for influencing policy and standards relating to the workforce development system to ensure that Merced County remains a growing and prosperous community.

1205 W 18th St., Merced, CA
Phone: 209-724-2000


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Monterey County Workforce Development Board 

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB) serves as a vehicle to mobilize and integrate private and public partners to effectively educate, train and place individuals with the necessary resources and skills to fulfill employer needs. We offer a dynamic and comprehensive workforce development system through our America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM delivery system throughout Monterey County located in Salinas, Marina and Greenfield.

1441 Schilling Place - North, Salinas, CA
Phone: 831-796-6434

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Mother Lode Job Connection [Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa & Tuolumne

The Mother Lode Workforce Board is an economic advisory, planning and policy board. The principle behind the Workforce Board is simple: By assisting local businesses in the recruitment and development of a skilled workforce and by making services available to the business to promote stability and growth, we provide benefit for the business, workers, and our local communities. The Mother Lode Workforce Board serves Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.

10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, Sutter Creek, CA
Phone: 209-223-3341

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North Central Counties Consortium [Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, & Yuba Counties]

Supporting economic vitality in the counties of Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba

North Central Counties Consortium (NCCC) is a joint powers agency that administers the federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs in the Counties of Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba. North Central Counties Consortium is dedicated to supporting economic vitality in NCCC's communities by assuring that the highest level of workforce development services are provided to local businesses and job seekers through our comprehensive One Stop service delivery system.

1110 Civic Center Blvd. Suite 402 A, Yuba City, CA
Phone: 530-822-7145

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North Valley Job Training Consortium (NoVa) [Cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale & County of San Mateo] 

NOVA provides customized services to the jobseekers of Silicon Valley through its three job centers in Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and San Bruno. NOVA staff are dedicated to providing you with the necessary tools to enter or re-enter Silicon Valley’s unique workforce. Our job is not complete until your job begins.

505 W. Olive Ave. #550, Sunnyvale, CA
Phone: 408-730-7232

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Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) [Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama & Trinity Counties]

The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC), is a consortium of eleven Northern California Counties established to address the needs of job seekers and businesses in our region. We believe that a healthy business community creates economic vitality, and we are dedicated to strengthening and supporting area businesses in order to create jobs and encourage economic prosperity.

525 Wall St., Chico, CA
Phone: 530-892-9600

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Oakland Workforce Development Board

The Economic & Workforce Development Department works to bring about a vibrant, innovative, globally competitive economy in Oakland. Our mission is to increase investment in Oakland in a way that contributes to the growth of the City’s economy, fosters fiscal sustainability, expands job opportunities for all Oakland residents, and enhances the City’s sense of place and quality of life.

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315, Oakland, CA
Phone: 510-238-3627

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Orange County Workforce Development Board 

Community Investment Division serves as the administrative support to the Orange County Development Board (OCDB) and is primarily responsible for administering programs and activities of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Orange County. The WIOA assists individuals who are employed, unemployed and underemployed, to increase their self-sufficiency and/or improve their ability to meet the demands of Orange County businesses and employers.

17891 Cartwright Rd., Ste. 100, Irvine, CA
Phone: 949-341-8000

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Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Network [Long Beach] 

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board represents the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. The Board is responsible for oversight of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act resources, leveraging robust and responsive business solutions and One-Stop Career center systems in Pacific gateway's service area that deliver workforce and economic development services to diverse communities.

3447 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA
Phone: 562-570-3700


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Richmond Workforce Development Board 

Since its inception, the Richmond Workforce Development Board (WDB) has been actively involved in promoting and overseeing the local workforce system. Through the leadership of its Board and the participation of subcommittee members, we are seeking creative solutions for meeting the current and future needs of both job seekers and employers.

450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA
Phone: 510-307-8023

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Sacramento Employment and Training Agency 

Preparing people for success in school, work and life.

The Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA), a joint powers agency of the City and County of Sacramento, was formed in 1978. From its inception SETA has been an effective force in connecting people to jobs, business owners to quality employees, education and nutrition to children, assistance to refugees, and hope to many Sacramento area residents.

925 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-263-3800

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San Benito County Workforce Development Board

Check out our website for details about our services!

1111 San Felipe Road, Ste. 107, Hollister, CA
Phone: 831-637-5627

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San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board 

Transforming lives and strengthening business.

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board is a body of volunteers who supervise the allocation of federal funding to strengthen the skills of our local workforce. The Board is led by local business owners and includes public partners, educators, labor leadership and community-based organizations.

658 East Brier Drive, Suite 100, San Bernardino, CA
Phone: 800-451-5627

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San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

We take a people-centered approach to enhancing the region’s economic health and stability through programs we run, research we do and the people we bring together. We recognize the uniqueness of individuals and businesses and connect them with the specific resources they need to succeed.

3910 University Avenue, 4th floor, San Diego, CA
Phone: 619-228-2900

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San Francisco Workforce Development Board

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco's ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce.

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 44, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-554-6969

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San Joaquin County Workforce Development Board

It is the mission of the Workforce Development Board to take the leadership role in...Bringing together the resources of the community to help job seekers find the right jobs and help employers meet their business needs.

631 E. Oak Street, Lodi, CA
Phone: 209-331-2081 

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San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board of San Luis Obispo County is an economic advisory, planning and policy board that was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The principle behind the San Luis Obispo Workforce Development Board is simple: The more we can do for local businesses and workers, the more we can benefit San Luis Obispo County.

3433 So. Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA
Phone: 805-781-1908

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Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Barbara County (SBWDB) develops innovative workforce strategies that help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in Santa Barbara County.

130 East Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Phone: 805-681-4453

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Santa Cruz Workforce Development Board 

Workforce Santa Cruz County is a fully integrated workforce development system that maximizes human and business capital by promoting a well trained workforce for Santa Cruz County employers, insuring individual economic security and community vitality. Led by a dynamic Board that is empowered to effect change, WFSCC is committed to customer satisfaction and standards of performance in meeting the needs of job seekers, incumbent workers and local business alike.

18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA
Phone: 831-763-8700

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San Jose/Silicon Valley WIN – Work 2 Future 

Strategically positioned within the City of San Jose Office of Economic Development, work2future addresses the workforce and economic development needs of our local area, in collaboration with small and large businesses, educational institutions and community-based organizations. 

1601 Foxworthy Ave, San Jose, CA
Phone: 408-794-1100

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Solano County Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Solano County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides employment-related services for job seekers and businesses in Solano County. The WDB oversees federally-funded workforce services through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 on behalf of Solano County. Services include the American Job Center of California System, called the Solano Employment Connection in Solano County, and intensive programs to support the talent development of the county.

320 Campus Lane, Fairfield, CA
Phone: 707-863-3500

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Sonoma County Workforce Development Board

Job Link offers a variety of free services to Sonoma County job seekers, employers, and youth.  We provide job search assistance, training funds for new careers and opportunities to connect employers with qualified job seekers.

2227 Capricorn Drive, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA
Phone: 707-565-8079

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South Bay Workforce Development Board

Serving the Cities of El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, & Redondo Beach

The South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) is comprised of 51 members representing business, labor, education, economic development, the One-Stop partners and other local workforce system stakeholders. The SBWIB embraces comprehensive strategies to meet the needs of business for a skilled workforce, while creating opportunities for workers to prepare for and enter into well-paid careers.

11539 Hawthorne Blvd., 5th Floor, Hawthorne, CA
Phone: 310-970-7700

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Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board

Serving the Cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, & Norwalk

Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (SELACO WDB) mission is two-fold. We specialize in business solutions for employers seeking a trained workforce and the funds to access upskill training for existing and new employees. SELACO also specializes in career solutions for job seekers as they gain the skills necessary to secure long term employment.

10900 E.183rd Street, Suite 350, Cerritos, CA
Phone: 800-481-6555

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Stanislaus River Valley Alliance

Our team is dedicated to serving the needs of businesses in Stanislaus County. We do this in a variety of ways. We provide services to businesses that will help you grow and succeed.

1625 I St., Modesto, CA
Phone: 209-422-6420

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The Workforce Development Board of Tulare County 

Driving Economic Success

Our investments and funding strategies advance Tulare County's economic vitality by growing the skills and talent of our workforce. Because of our skilled workforce talent, Tulare County businesses continue to thrive.

309 W. Main St., Suite 120, Visalia, CA
Phone: 559-713-5200

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Ventura County Workforce Development Board 

Visit our website for a list of our services and programs.

855 Partridge Drive, Ventura, CA
Phone: 805-477-5306

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Verdugo Workforce Development Board

Serving Glendale, Burbank, and La Cañada-Flintridge

Visit our website for a list of our services and programs.

1255 South Central Avenue, Glendale, CA
Phone: 818-409-0476

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Workforce Alliance of the North Bay

Serving the Counties of Napa, Lake, Marin and Mendocino

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay’s network of career centers, employment and training initiatives, and programs result in a regional talent pool that drives economic growth for businesses and social mobility for workers and career seekers in the North Bay.

1546 1st Street, Napa, CA
Phone: 707-337-5292

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Yolo County Workforce Development Board

Visit our website to learn about our services and programs.

625 Court Street Woodland, Woodland, CA
Phone: 530-661-2710 

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Federal Programs

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program

Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loans support the development of advanced technology vehicles (ATV) and associated components in the United States. The ATVM Loan Program is currently accepting applications. 

U.S. Department of Energy LP 10
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington D.C. 20585

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Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit

If you purchase a fuel cell motor vehicle (such as electric or hybrid car) and start driving it during the tax year, you can use Form 8910 to claim up to $4,000 in credit on your individual federal taxes for lighter vehicles and up to $40,000 for heavier vehicles. The credit attributable to depreciable property (vehicles used for business or investment purposes) is treated as a general business credit.
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Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit

If your company produces, sells, or uses biodiesel or renewable fuels, you can use Form 8864 to claim a credit on your federal taxes that far exceeds the federal tax on the fuel. This credit can be claimed for sale or use of the following fuels: biodiesel, renewable diesel, biodiesel mixture, renewable diesel mixture, and small agro-biodiesel producers.


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Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Online Training Room

Where industry and security intersect.

BIS offers a number of on-line training tools, including free videos, training modules, and archived webinars for exporters interested in learning more about export control topics, including introductory videos, compliance tips, information on embargoes and sanctions, and other updates. Online topics include presentations given at recent BIS Update Conferences and training videos on specialized topics.


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Business & Industry Loan Guarantees

This program bolsters the existing private credit structure through the guaranteeing of loans for rural businesses, allowing private lenders to extend more credit than they would typically be able to.


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Business Physical Disaster Loan

Following a natural disaster, Physical Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available to qualified businesses or private, nonprofit organizations of any size to help restore or replace damaged real estate, inventory, machinery, equipment, and other business assets to their pre-disaster condition. 
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Challenge is a listing of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 80 agencies across federal government. These include technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions where the U.S. government seeks innovative solutions from the public, bringing the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems. More than $220 million in prize money has been offered since 2010, along with valuable and unique incentive prizes.


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Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program (Title XVII)

The Title XVII Innovative Clean Energy Projects Loan Program provides loan guarantees to accelerate the deployment of innovative clean energy technology. This covers a wide range of energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Loan guarantees are made to qualified projects and applicants who apply for funding in response to open technology-specific solicitations. Eligible projects must utilize a new or significantly improved technology, avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases, be located in the United States, and have reasonable prospect of repayment.


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Credit for Increasing Research Activities

This federal tax credit is designed to encourage businesses to increase the amount they spend on research and experimental activities from year to year. You can use Form 6765 to determine how much credit you can claim; the form instructions include details on what research activities qualify for this credit.


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Credit for Small Employer Pension Plan Startup Costs

As a small employer, when you set up a qualified retirement plan for your employees, you may be able to claim 50 percent of your setup and administration costs as a tax credit for the first 3 years of the plan. 


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Deducting Business Expenses

Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business, including the cost of goods sold, employees’ pay, retirement plans, property rent, interest on business loans, some taxes, and insurance. You can usually deduct these expenses from your taxes if your business operates to make a profit. 


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Distilled Spirits Credit

This tax credit is available to distillers and importers of distilled spirits and eligible wholesalers of distilled spirits.


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Domestic Production Activities Deduction

If you hire employees in the United States or base your production and manufacturing activities here, you may be able to claim a 9 percent deduction off your taxes. This deduction is designed to encourage domestic production and covers a broad range of production activities, including selling items manufactured in the United States, construction services, engineering and architectural services, and software development. 


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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

USCIS administers the EB-5 Program. Under this program, entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they: Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. 


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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are working capital loans available to qualified small businesses, private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, and small agricultural cooperatives that suffered financial losses because of a natural disaster, regardless of physical damage. This assistance is administered by the Small Business Administration. 


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Employment Training Administration Grants

The Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor awards numerous grants to help businesses recruit and train their workforce. Their website includes information on all grants currently accepting applications, as well as past and upcoming programs. 


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Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction

The Commercial Building Tax Deduction expired in January 2015, but may be extended by Congress. This tax deduction relates to expenses incurred for energy efficient building expenditures made by a building owner, such as improvements to interior lighting, HVAC and hot water systems, and building envelope systems. 


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Environmental Exports Program

EXIM provides financing to help mitigate risk for U.S.-based environmental companies, and offers competitive financing terms to international buyers for the purchase of U.S.-made environmental goods and services. 


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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

The SBIR program funds small businesses and helps translate innovative ideas into commercial products that address environmental problems. 


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Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Decision Tree Tools

BIS offers online tools to help exporters determine the requirements for the export, reexport or transfer of items subject to the EAR. Exporters can use BIS tools to help determine 1) the classification of an item subject to the EAR, 2) if an item is specially designed under the EAR, 3) if an item is eligible for shipment under License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization, and finally, 4) if a non-U.S.-made item that is located outside the United States is subject to the EAR. 


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Export Control Regulatory Compliance Assistance

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) provides regulatory, policy, and procedural guidance to businesses to help them understand and comply with their regulatory obligations for the export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). BIS provides educational seminars nationwide in addition to free one-on-one counseling assistance to companies via online form or by phone at (202) 482–4811 or (949) 660–0144. BIS also maintains a list of recent changes to the EAR. 


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Export Trade Certificate Review Program

 This program helps U.S.-based businesses reduce their export costs and enhance their competitiveness in export markets. It enables the formation of U.S. export joint ventures that help firms achieve economies of scale, boost their negotiating power, fill large export orders, and reduce shipping costs, while also enjoying substantive federal antitrust protection. 


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Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives

This program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. 


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Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)

The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) provides information to agricultural producers and businesses to help them comply with food safety related federal regulations for commercial production and supply of meat, poultry and egg products. 


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Foreign Market Development Program (FMD)

The Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program, also known as the Cooperator Program, helps create, expand and maintain long-term export markets for U.S. agricultural products. Under the program, FAS partners with U.S. agricultural producers and processors, who are represented by non-profit commodity or trade associations called “cooperators,” to promote U.S. commodities overseas. Each year, FAS announces the FMD application period and criteria in the Federal Register. Organizations apply for the FMD program through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) process, which allows applicants to request funding from multiple USDA market development programs through a single, strategically coordinated proposal. 


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HUBZone program

The HUBZone program helps small businesses located in distressed urban and rural communities, known as Historically Underutilized Business Zones, gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. 


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The Industry University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC)

The Industry University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) program provides the funding opportunity for universities and industry to initiate and grow long term partnerships for conducting pre-competitive research on topics of mutual benefit in an educational environment. Businesses interested in access to faculty, students, facilities, and infrastructure at all Center sites, as well as lower risks and accelerated R&D benefits from the sector-identified pre-competitive research, can contact any I/UCRC in their econoimc, technology, or manufacturing center to explore the membership process. 


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International Business Partnership Program

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) organizes worldwide conferences and workshops to connect U.S.-based firms with foreign project sponsors. These sector- or region-specific events are designed to showcase Made in America goods, services, and technology to foreign buyers. 


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International Buyer Program (IBP)

The International Buyer Program (IBP) promotes international attendance at major U.S. industry exhibitions, helping U.S. exhibitors interested in exporting to meet with qualified prospective overseas trade partners. The IBP also supports U.S.-based companies at these exhibitions with a variety of services, including export counseling, marketing analysis, and matchmaking services. 


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Inventors Assistance Center

The Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) engages in a range of educational and outreach services to help inventors in understanding the value of protecting their intellectual property and how to navigate the patent process. Staffed by former Supervisory Patent Examiners and various IP specialists and attorneys, the IAC answers questions and assists independent inventors with filling out necessary forms. 


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Investment Credit for Property Owners

As a property owner, you can use Form 3468 to claim tax credits for investing in certain improvement projects on your property. Eligible types of projects include restoring, preserving, or upgrading an older building); producing and storing alternative energy such as wind, solar, or geothermal; generating clean electricity using coal; converting coal, petroleum, or biomass into usable gas; and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


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Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel Production Credit

Qualified small business refiners may use Form 8896 to claim a tax credit for producing low sulfur diesel fuel. 


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Manufacturers' Energy Efficient Appliance Credit

Companies that manufacture dishwashers, washing machines for clothes, or refrigerators can claim a tax credit for each type of qualified energy efficient appliance they produce. The credit amount is based on the type of appliance, its energy efficiency, and for dishwashers and clothes washers, the amount of water it consumes. 


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Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a nationwide network of centers providing services from innovation strategies to process improvements to workforce development, with a focus on helping small manufacturers develop new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products. 


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Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Funding Opportunities

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) advocates Federal Funding Opportunities (FFO) for projects designed to enhance the productivity, technical performance and global competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturers. FFO's are implemented through MEP's National system consisting of; 60 Centers, 440 Service Locations, 1,300 Center Staff and over 2,100 Service Providers. These opportunities help encourage the creation and adaption of improved technologies and provide resources to develop new products that respond to changing market needs. 


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Meduium and Long-Term Loan Guarantees

The guarantees are designed to help U.S.-based exporters secure competitive financing for their international buyers. EXIM guarantees term-financing, generally up to 12 years, to creditworthy international buyers in both the private and public sector, and finances local costs up to 30%. 


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National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Unsolicited Funding Proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) encourages businesses, organizations, and individuals to submit self-generated, unsolicited funding proposals that are relevant to DOE’s research and development mission. DOE considers proposals in all areas of energy and energy-related research and development with emphasis on long-term, high-risk, high-payoff technologies.


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National Institute of Health's Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Grants

The National Institute of Health (NIH) SBIR and STTR programs are an integral source of capital for early stage U.S. small businesses that are creating innovative technologies to improve health. These competitive programs help small businesses break into the federal research and development (R&D) arena, create life-saving technologies, and stimulate economic growth. Both the SBIR and STTR programs are divided into three phases. NIH has special technical assistance and gap-funding programs to help small businesses move their technologies from the lab to the market. 


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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Grant Programs

The NIST mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life. NIST offers grants to encourage extramural work in specific fields in support of intramural programs: precision measurement, fire research, and materials science. It also has extramural opportunities in advanced manufacturing, wireless innovation, and trusted identities in cyberspace. Grants/awards supporting research at industry, academic, and other institutions are available on a competitive basis through several different NIST offices. 


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NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

NOAA's Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Program is seeking highly innovative products with excellent commercial potential. All SBIR proposals must directly benefit the NOAA mission of understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts while conserving and managing marine ecosystems and resources, but should also be responsive to the greater market demands in order to be successful. 


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Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Funding Opportunities

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works with businesses, industry, universities, and other organizations to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. EERE encourages the growth of these technologies by offering financial assistance and funding opportunities for their development and demonstration. 


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Office of Science Grant Contract Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science provides grants, contracts, and other forms of assistance covering basic and applied research and related research activities. Recent research subjects have included fusion energy, nuclear theory, plant feedstock genomics, advanced computing, and atmospheric systems. 


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Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization assists, counsels, and advises small businesses of all types (small businesses, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small businesses, economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses, veteran owned small businesses, service disabled veteran owned small businesses, and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones) on procedures for contracting with Treasury. 


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Office of Texticles and Apparel (OTEXA) Export Promotion Program

The Textiles and Apparel Export Promotion Program provides specialized assistance to businesses interested in exporting in the textiles industry through export counseling, seminars, business matchmaking, sponsorship of trade missions, USA pavilions in major international trade events, and research identifying key export opportunities in selected markets. 


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Orphan Drug Credit

As a pharmaceutical company, if you work to develop treatments and cures for certain rare diseases, you can use Form 8820 to claim a tax credit of 50 percent of your clinical drug testing costs under Section 505(i) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. 


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Patent and Trademark Resources Center

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is a nationwide network of libraries trained to provide free informational assistance in all areas of intellectual property. These centers include access to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) site and other intellectual property websites, PubWest (a USPTO examiner-based search system), computer-based training, and public programs and instructional classes on searching patents and trademarks. 


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Patent Pro Bono Program

The Patent Pro Bono Program provides free legal assistance to under-resourced inventors interested in securing patent protection for their inventions. Available in all 50 states, the program attempts to match the inventor with a local volunteer patent attorney to represent the inventor, based on eligibility criteria. 


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Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Credit

If you purchase a car, light truck, or motorcycle that draws energy from a rechargeable battery, you can use Form 8934 or 8936 to claim a tax credit of up to $7,500, depending on the capacity of the battery. 


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Pro Se Assistance Program

The Pro Se Assistance Program is the USPTO’s comprehensive pilot to expand outreach to inventors who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent (also known as pro se filing). 


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Regional Innovation Clusters Initiative

The SBA is investing in 50+ regional innovation clusters throughout the United States that span a variety of industries, from energy and manufacturing to health IT and biotech. These clusters provide matchmaking, business training, counseling, mentoring, and other services to help small businesses expand and grow, while fostering regional networks of small and large businesses, university researchers, regional economic organizations, stakeholders, and investors. The advanced manufacturing clusters also assist small businesses with commercialization of R&D, export readiness, international and domestic marketing, and strengthening supply chains. 


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Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants

This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. 


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Small Business Export Credit Insurance

This insurance is designed to protect an exporter’s accounts receivable. It provides important benefits including risk reduction – safeguarding against catastrophic losses from buyer nonpayment, and improved liquidity – accelerating cash flow by borrowing against foreign receivables. With this security in hand, companies can increase their global competitiveness by offering credit terms needed to win sales. 


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Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Employers

As an eligible small employer with fewer than 25 full-time employees, you can use Form 8941 to claim a tax credit of up to 50 percent of premiums paid for your employees’ health insurance. 


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Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages U.S.-based small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. The program provides access to funds committed by federal agencies with large extramural research and development budgets, including the Department of Defense, Energy and Health and Human Services, among others. 


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Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF)

The Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) provided capital to qualified community banks and community development loan funds (CDLFs) to encourage these institutions and Main Street businesses to work together to promote economic growth and create new jobs. Through the SBLF program, Treasury invested over $4.0 billion in 332 institutions, structured to incentivize increased small business lending. This page features an interactive map of participating lending institutions. 


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Small Business Technology Transfer Program

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. 


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Special Employer Incentives (SEI) Program

The Special Employer Incentives (SEI) program, which typically lasts up to 6 months, encourages companies to hire eligible veterans identified by VA to provide training and practical hands‐on experience. VA facilitates the process by identifying suitable placements and coordinating efforts between all parties. Benefits include: reimbursement of up to 50 percent of the Veteran’s salary during the SEI program, VA‐provided tools, equipment, uniforms and other supplies, appropriate accommodations based on individual needs of the Veteran, and VA support during training and placement follow‐up phase to assist with work or training‐related needs. Employment is expected to continue following successful completion of the program. 


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State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program

State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) Program: The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program is an export initiative to make matching-fund awards to states to assist small businesses enter and succeed in the international marketplace. Activities to support small business exporting under the STEP Program are provided to eligible small business concerns (“STEP Clients”) located in states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The program’s objectives are to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that export and to increase the value of exports by small businesses. 


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Tax Incentives in Renewal Communities (RCs) and Empowerment Zones (EZs)

For businesses that hire local residents, upgrade their equipment needs, and build or rehabilitate commercial property, there is substantial cash savings possible on taxes paid through special federal tax incentives reserved exclusively in Renewal Communities (RCs) and Empowerment Zones (EZs). These employer incentives include yearly employment and work opportunity tax credits, as well as accelerated depreciation through commercial revitalization deductions (CRDs). There are also substantial capital gains tax savings available to qualifying businesses in Renewal Communities and Empowerment Zones, and incentives for businesses that upgrade their equipment needs. 


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Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that offers free help to guide business owners through the process of resolving tax problems that you haven’t been able to solve on your own. Each U.S. state and territory has at least one Local Taxpayer Advocate who is independent of the local IRS office and reports directly to the National Taxpayer Advocate. 


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The Advocacy Center

The Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S.-based exporters bidding on public-sector contracts with overseas governments and government agencies. The Advocacy Center helps to ensure that sales of Made in America products and services have the best possible chance competing abroad. Advocacy assistance is wide and varied but often involves companies that want the U.S. government to communicate a message to foreign governments or government-owned corporations on behalf of their commercial interest, typically in a competitive bid contest. 


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The Consolidated Screening List (CSL)

The Consolidated Screening List identifies parties for which the United States Government maintains restrictions on certain exports, re-exports, or transfers of items. Exporters can use the CSL search engine to help screen potential parties to regulated transactions. In the event that a company, entity or person on the list appears to match a party potentially involved in your export transaction, additional due diligence should be conducted before proceeding. 


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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

The TAAF program helps U.S.-based businesses develop and implement business recovery strategies by providing financial assistance to manufacturers affected by import competition. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this cost-sharing federal assistance program pays for half the cost of consultants or industry-specific experts for projects that improve a manufacturer’s competitiveness. 


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Trade Compliance Center

The Trade Agreements Compliance (TAC) program is an international trade complaint center that helps U.S.-based businesses reduce barriers to international trade. Once a trade barrier is identified, TAC develops a strategy to address the problem by working directly with affected companies or industries, ensuring that U.S. trade agreement rights are safeguarded and the full benefits of our trade agreements are realized by U.S. businesses. 


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Trade Missions Programs

The U.S. Department of Commerce organizes regular overseas trade missions for U.S.-based firms to explore export opportunities by meeting directly with potential buyers in their markets. Through its overseas Foreign Commercial Service offices, the Department of Commerce also supports certified trade missions organized by state and private sector organizations. 


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Trademark Assistance Center

The USPTO Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) provides free information about the trademark registration process and responds to inquiries about the status of trademark applications and registrations. 


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U. S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) provide front-line outreach and service operations for U.S.-based exporters through the assistance of International Trade Specialists, based in more than 100 locations throughout the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. 


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U. S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Program

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) are designated locations in the United States where businesses can enjoy reduced duty and customs-related costs by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other cost savings. 


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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

As an employer, if you hire individuals from certain target groups, you can use Form 5884 to claim a tax credit covering 25 to 50 percent of those employees’ wages. Eligible targeted groups have consistently faced significant barriers to employment, and include certain veterans, certain ex-felons, recipients of SNAP assistance (food stamps) and various other assistance programs, designated community residents, and vocational rehabilitation referrals. 


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Working Capital Loan Guarantee

EXIM's Working Capital Loan Guarantee does not replace an exporter’s regular bank; rather, it works with lenders to provide a loan guarantee that backs the borrower’s debt in the event something goes awry. EXIM provides a 90% loan-backing guarantee, decreasing repayment risk and increasing the lender’s willingness to extend a loan. With EXIM support, exporters can borrow more with the same collateral, secure performance and bid bonds necessary to win projects, and increase their global competitiveness. 


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