Small businesses are critical to the economy, America’s 25 million small businesses employ more than 50 percent of the private workforce,generate more than half of the nation’s gross domestic product, and are the principal sources of new jobs in the U.S. economy. Locally, over 90% of Sacramento’s 26,670 business establishments have less than 50 employees. Small businesses are essential to the local economy because they are innovative, flexible, and strongly tied to the community.
The Happy Neighborhood Project
The Happy Neighborhood Project is the brain-child of Edwin Edebiri, the Chief Happiness Officer of the I Am Happy Project. He started the I Am Happy Project in 2009 with a mission of spreading happiness globally one person at a time. That project is now in 64 cities in 18 countries. In response to increasing demand from the happy people to refer them to happy businesses, The Happy Neighborhood Project began. The Happy Neighborhood Project is connecting happy people with happy businesses while spreading happiness in the community. The Neighborhood is defined as a zip-code. For example, zip-code 95831, which is a typical Happy Neighborhood, contains 42,227 people, 15,081 households, $68,893 average income, and 441 businesses. We have Happy Neighborhood Project in different zip-codes in the Sacramento Metro Area. The Happy Neighborhood Project allows us to encourage the economic impact of happy people on local businesses.
The Happy Neighborhood Project. Telephone: (916) 542-2467 Website: http://www.happyneighborhoodproject.com/
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help entrepreneurs start, run, and grow their businesses. With a portfolio of business loans, loan guarantees, disaster loans, and venture capital. In addition to the SBA’s financial guarantee programs, SBA’s resource centers provide businesses with the tools for enhancing and growing their businesses including management and technical assistance to more than one million small business owners. The Sacramento SBA resource center offers numerous workshops and training that provide the tools and skills needed to enhance and grow business.
Greater Sacramento Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC provides group training, business workshops and personal one-to-one consulting to new entrepreneurs to help them consider and develop the management structures to support their business. The SBDC teaches and counsels in areas including licensing and business regulations, bookkeeping, accounting and tax management, promotion, marketing and sales, and acquiring financing. In addition, the SBDC provides existing business owners – generally business with 2-25 employees and under $10m in gross sales – with expert consulting resources from lawyers, CPAs, bookkeepers, brand and market enhancement specialists and change management coaches. These services are available at the SBDC or onsite at the participating business. Business counseling provided by the SBDC is subsidized through federal and state grants for economic development of the region and is offered at no-cost to the business owner.
Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) 925 Del Paso Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95815 Telephone: (916) 263-3800 Website: http://www.seta.net
Sacramento Works Career Center Greater Sacramento Urban League 3725 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838 Telephone: (916) 286-8600 • Fax (916) 561-0856
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
The Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerece is the area resource for information on business development, providing contact information for various programs and resources. The Chamber also sponsors various networking and training events. The City’s Economic Development Department also coordinates with the Chamber on business initiatives and serves on their Economic Development Committee.
917 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Telephone: (916) 552-6800 • Fax: (916) 443-2672 Website: http://www.metrochamber.org Email: [email protected] City of Sacramento Office of Small Business Development (OSBD)
Economic Development Department(Small Business Center)
1030 15th Street, Second Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 Telephone: (916) 808-7223, Fax: (916) 808-8161 Website: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/econdev/msc/small_business_center.html
The Federal Technology Center (FTC)
The FTC promotes economic development by facilitating technology transfers between government and the private sector, and by helping small businesses successfully compete for government contracts. It is their goal to facilitate beneficial partnerships between businesses and government organizations.
The Federal Technology Center 4700 Roseville Road, Suite 105 North Highlands, CA 95660 Telephone: 916.334.9388 , Fax: 916.334.9078 Website: http://www.theftc.org