Local

Coachella Valley SCORE

SCORE is a national non-profit organization, a resource partner with the Small Business Association, dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s new and existing small businesses. Your local chapter is located in Palm Desert and offers free confidential counseling and low cost workshops for the Coachella Valley. Visit www.scorecv.org or call (760) 773-6507 for more information.

Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center

The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center provides practical assistance and quality services to small businesses. Through the administration of one-on-one consulting, business education, and supporting services, our clients can stabilize and grow their business, and contribute to the economic growth of the community. Visit www.cvsbdc.com or call (760) 340-1575 for more information.

Small Business Administration Financing

A federal program created by Congress in 1953, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) exists to aid small businesses with financing, training and advocacy. SBA works with a number of lending institutions in order to provide entrepreneurs with funding by guaranteeing major portions of loans made to such businesses. To see whether or not your business would qualify for assistance, or for additional information, please visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov. Or contact one of the many local financial institutions to inquire about SBA 504 financing opportunities.

Job Training Partnership (JTPA)

Riverside County staff can assist employers in obtaining JTPA funds through the Private Industry Council (PIC). The PIC provides employers with a trained workforce of screened people. Supplements up to 50% of the employee’s wages, tax incentives and customized training programs are available to employers.

For information on Economic Development, please call Sean Smith at (760) 324-4511 Ext. 299.

State

GO-Biz

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“GO-Biz”) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, facilitation through of regulatory compliance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state programs as well as coordination with local and regional agencies.

The State of California – Business Investment Guide serves as a reference document to highlight California’s strategic business advantages, new state-sponsored initiatives, incentives as well as existing technical and financial assistance programs currently in effect.