Best Small Business Resources in the Fresno Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. California has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Fresno area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in California.

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Water, Energy, and Technology Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

WET is an accelerator dedicated to spurring economic growth in the water, energy, and agricultural technology industries. They facilitate networking among local members to foster organic collaboration. Their Valley Ventures program is a startup accelerator that offers close mentoring and technical support through industry connections, among other startup services. Services are grant-funded and therefore are free to startups. WET is a program run by BlueTechValley, a region-wide entrepreneurial support organization.

Restrictions

Startups must be in the water, energy, or agricultural technology sectors

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2911 E. Barstow Ave.
Fresno, CA 93710
559-278-4540
hellep@mail.fresnostate.edu


BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Product Development
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

The Innovation Cluster is a region-wide network of entrepreneurial and innovation support organizations. They offer a broad range of support, from idea commercialization to business plan competitions. Tangible means of support include workspace, product testing, and funding. Admittance to the Innovation Cluster (and its resources) begins with a "Shark Tank" style interview where teams pitch their concept to a panel of subject matter experts.

Restrictions

Focused on energy, water, and agricultural technology companies.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5370 North Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA Fresno
559-278-2066
bluetechvalley@csufresno.edu


Fresno County Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Fresno County Library has several business research databases of local resources and small business tools. In addition to the databases, they also have traditional print resources that may be of use.

Restrictions

A library membership may be required to access certain services

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721
559-600-7323


Fresno SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Fresno State SBDC Fresno-Madera Counties

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 5010 N. Woodrow Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740


Hashtag

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

The Hashtag is a modern coworking space in the heart of Fresno. They offer several levels of flexible memberships that grant access to the space's many amenities, such as conference rooms, a kitchenette, and complimentary coffee and tea. Hashtag is a program of the much larger Bitwise organization.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2125 Kern St.
Fresno, CA 93721
661-549-3231
carley@hashtagfresno.com


Workspace

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

Workspace is a flexible coworking space housed in the Pacific Southwest Building in downtown Fresno. They offer several membership tiers to accommodate a variety of work needs, from solo desks to private offices. Amenities include conference rooms, coffee, mail service, and bike storage. Members have 24/7 access to the space and access to events as well. They host a few events each month on education and small business topics. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1060 Fulton Mall #916
Fresno, CA 93721
559-441-7777
Thebankersballroom@gmail.com