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Business Development Links and Resources

Business Development Links and Resources

This page provides a listing of organizations that we partner with to facilitate Business Development efforts in San Leandro.

Alameda County Small Business Development Center

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.

Alameda County Workforce Investment Board

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.

Business Association of South San Leandro

The Business Association of South San Leandro (BASSL) provides an opportunity for local business people to discuss concerns and provide suggestions for improvements that enhance business opportunities, particularly in the East 14th Street corridor. The association's Executive Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month and meetings of the full membership are held quarterly. For more information, call (510) 289-9526. 

City of San Leandro and East Bay Ecomony Presentation

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.

Downtown Association

The mission of the San Leandro Downtown Association (SLDA) is to create a positive, cooperative and inclusive atmosphere in the downtown area that encourages and promotes commerce. The SLDA meets once monthly, the 4th Friday of each month, at the Englander Restaurant, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. The meetings provide all businesses with the opportunity to fast track concerns through City Hall, and membership provides cross motion marketing participation via Downtown events and a presence on their website. Police Department representatives attend the monthly meetings, making themselves available to hear our feedback and concerns. The SLDA produces a series of events in the downtown including BikeSL each May, the Sausage & Suds Music Festival each October, It’s a Wonderful Night each December and is a sponsor of the very popular seasonal Farmers’ Market taking place each May – October on Parrott Street. For more information call (510) 357-1370.

East Bay Economic Development Alliance

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 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

East Bay Green Corridor

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. 

Global Access Forum

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.

San Leandro Chamber of Commerce

The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 1,000 business members, promotes the City's business community. The Board of Directors serves on a volunteer basis representing local business interests at City Council, School Board, and commission meetings. With the support of a professional staff, Chamber committees advise members on business, community development, redevelopment, traffic safety, land use, and workforce development. For more information, call (510) 317-1400. 

San Leandro Shoreline Business Association

Located at the San Leandro Marina Area, the Shoreline Business Association (SLBA) consists of the Marina Inn, Horatio's and El Torito restaurants, San Leandro Yacht Harbor and Monarch Bay Golf Club. The San Leandro Marina area is only 7 minutes from Oakland International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown San Francisco. With spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and Bay, this is the place to plan your next event. Please call 1-866-YOUR BAY. 

Small Business Administration

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

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.