Best Small Business Resources in the Sacramento 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 Sacramento 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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Hacker Lab

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Product Development

Description

Hacker Lab is a coworking space primarily geared towards tech and art businesses. Its amenities include a woodshop, metal shop, textile lab, computer/electronics lab, 3D printers, etc. It also hosts classes on various art and technology techniques. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1715 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-514-7044
contact@hackerlab.org


California Capital Financial Development Corporation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1792 Tribute Rd., Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95815
916-442-1729


Capital Region SBDC

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:

One Capital Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-4268


Center for Entrepreneurship

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Research
  • Product Development

Offers Free Service

Description

The Center for Entrepreneurship is located at California State University in Sacramento. Its incubator program provides local entrepreneurs with workspace, marketing, and tech consultations, and the help of student interns. 

Restrictions

To participate specifically in the New Venture Incubator program, your business must be a startup less than one year old that projects significant growth.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
916-278-5258
ceship@csus.edu


InnoGrove

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

InnoGrove is a coworking space with basic office amenities. They also host workshops and seminars on a regular basis, many of which are free. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 20
Elk Grove, CA 95758
916-714-5335
info@innogrove.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON -FRI: 9 am -3 pm 


Outlet Coworking

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

This coworking space offers basic office amenities (reception services, full kitchen, conference rooms, etc.) as well as access to networking events with other local entrepreneurs. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2110 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
916-476-9606
admin@outletcoworking.com


Sacramento Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The SPL offers online databases in addition to books and articles to help you with starting your business. You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian who will help you get the most out of the library's resources. 

Restrictions

Library card required for some services.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-264-2700
director@saclibrary.org

HOURS OF OPERATION:

 

MON: 10 am - 6 pm

TUE: 10 am - 8 pm

WED - FRI: 10 am - 6 pm

SAT: 10 am - 5 pm


Sacramento 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.