The Alameda County SBDC provides tools and expertise to business owners interested in minimizing risk and accelerating the success of their ventures. Through expert no-cost counseling, free seminars and technology training, and support in identifying resources, the SBDC guides small businesses to increased success rates. The SBDC connects small business owners with Business Advisors who work hands-on with clients to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow the clients' bottom line.
The Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, a division of Eastbay Works, is a unique joint venture of public entities, non-profit agencies, and private organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties helping businesses and job seekers meet their employment needs. Eastbay Works operates One Stop Career Centers to assist job seekers and offers recruitment and training services, along with financial incentives, for businesses looking to hire.
This City of San Leandro Staff presentation on the local economy includes information regarding employment, businesses, workforce, sales tax, and commercial vacancy. The presentation uses a variety of sources including the City’s business license database, California Economic Development Department, Dun & Bradstreet, Cassidy Turley/ BT Commercial, as well as 2010 Census information to provide an in depth look at the San Leandro economy and how it compares to the region and state.
The East Bay EDA is a public/private partnership serving the San Francisco East Bay (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties) whose mission is to establish the East Bay as a world-recognized location to grow businesses, attract capital and create quality jobs.
The East Bay EDA has released the 2011-2012 Business Resource Guide. This beautiful full-color publication highlights the tremendous assets and resources the region and its individual cities have to offer. Loaded with stunning photographs and compelling statistics the guide is an invaluable business attraction tool. The City of San Leandro received 100 printed copies which have been distributed to Council Members , the Chamber of Commerce, the San Leandro Main Library, and selected local businesses. Additional copies will be kept at City Hall at the Business License Kiosk and the Office of Business Development. The guide is also available for download by clicking here.
The East Bay EDA has also compiled an in-depth analysis of the East Bay economy entitled Building On Our Assets - Economic Development and Job Creation in the East Bay. This report was created to better understand the dynamics of the East Bay economy and provide a basis for identifying the region’s opportunities and challenges for future growth. The project team conducted an in-depth analysis of employment, business, workforce, infrastructure, and land use characteristics, augmented with interviews with business executives. On the basis of the analyses, the study provides recommendations for elected officials, workforce development and education board members, city managers, city and regional planners, economic and development specialists, regional agency commissioners, state officials, business leaders and other decision makers to plan for a prosperous region. A copy of the complete guide is available for download here.
Home to acclaimed research institutions and a highly educated and entrepreneurial workforce, the EBGC is poised to lead California in the emerging clean technology economy. The Green Corridor represents a commitment to build upon the region’s existing strength as a center for emerging green technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Established in 2007 by UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond and Emeryville, the Corridor expanded in 2009 to include the cities of Alameda, Albany, El Cerrito and San Leandro, and CSU East Bay. This has put the structure in place for broad regional collaboration.
The City of San Leandro hosted this Forum which brought together professionals from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Small Business Administration and the US Department of Commerce to educate local companies on how to export goods and services to foreign markets. Discussed topics included federal financing mechanisms created to increase exports, such as working capital guarantees, loans and export-credit insurance, and federal trade resources. To take a look at some of the presentations please click here.
Scenario Planning for San Leandro: Stories About Our Future
San Leandro is at a pivotal position in becoming a vital and thriving participant in a global economy that depends on and is driven by the high-speed transmission of data. To achieve its potential, City leaders and residents must understand some of the political and economic forces that can shape, or hinder, future development in this digital era, and the outcomes that can be anticipated in a given environment.
In order to plan for the unknown, the community engaged in Scenario planning exercises to explore and develop a better understanding of various trends and interacting forces that are at work in our evolving business environment. Scenarios work as focused, divergent hypotheses through narrative form. The resulting report is called Scenario Planning for San Leandro: Stories About Our Future and can be found here.
The United States Small Business Administration provides a wealth of information to assist entreprenuers in establishing and managing a business. The SBA also offers loans, grants, and tax-exempt bonds for qualifying business enterprises.
StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency. StopWaste.Org offers a wide range of free waste prevention and recycling services to businesses and public agencies in Alameda County.
We have a number of on-line videos to help new residents and businesses become familiar with our city.