Small business startup resources in San Jose, CA

Learn how you can kick start your small business in the Capital of Silicon Valley.

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SJ Makers’ workshops can help get you in the mindset of building your business from the ground up.

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Setting out to start your own small business might be the biggest decision of your life — but it won’t be the last. Whether you’re navigating your idea’s early launch stages or are years into the journey, there are plenty of resources in San Jose that can steer you to success.

SJ Makers

Get your feet wet with SJ Makers’ free business workshops — in partnership with Prosperity Lab — hosted every Monday at 6 p.m. Learn topics ranging from business planning and applying for grants, to tax obligations and permitting. RSVPs are not required, but encouraged.

San José Public Library

Build your business with SJPL Works’ resources like:

  • Computers, tablets, and laptops with business software
  • Research assistance for trademarks and patents
  • A recommended list of books for starting a business and creating a plan

The main center operates out of the third floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, and virtual resources are also available for your convenience. Note: Online help will require an eLibrary Card.

    Northern California Small Business Development Center

    Unsure where to start financially? Set up a client profile with the NorCal SBDC Finance Center and access free advising on working, expansion, and growth capital, real estate investments, startup financing, and more. You can also find other general startup services on its website.

    Latino Business Foundation of Silicon Valley

    This foundation’s Latino Business Council is aimed at helping small and micro business owners access legal advice, human resource compliance, workers’ rights training, and more. Navigate to its Small Business Resource Center, and find specific help for your current situation — whether it be for an open business, a temporarily closed business, or a business idea.

    Looking for even more help? Check out San Jose Economy’s list of recommended resources.

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