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Small Business Resources

We Know Running A Small Business Isn't Easy

We are committed to connecting you with the best resources San Jose has to offer. Below we've outline a carefully curated list of business resources you're sure to get tons of value from. Want access to more helpful business resources?


What Does Your Small Business Need Help With?

Permitting Assistance

Permitting Assistance

  • The City of San Jose has a handy check list for what you will need to have prepared, purchased and permitted in order to do business in the city of San Jose.

  • The Permit Center provides no-cost advice on what your project needs. The Planning, Building, Public Works and the Fire Prevention Bureau are the four City divisions that assist with permits and plan review. Click here for a step by step approach to opening a business in San Jose.

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Establish Your Business In San Jose

  • San Jose’s Office of Economic Development is committed to providing an integrated, solutions-based approach to business assistance that creates a foundation for entrepreneurs and companies to develop new ideas and foster economic opportunities for generations to come.

  • is San Jose-Silicon Valley’s most accessible, comprehensive, and useful one-stop resource for launching and growing a business in the greater San Jose metropolitan area.

Granting Patents

Granting Patents & Registering Trademarks?

  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks, and the Silicon Valley, as one of the most prodigious and innovative entrepreneurial communities in the country, was selected as the west coast presence to assist the USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation.

Expert Counseling

Free Expert Counseling

  • The Silicon Valley SBDC offers services, including no-charge expert counseling, low-cost training, information resources, events and seminars.

  • SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Entrepreneurs can access free, confidential business mentoring in person, remotely via email, phone and video. SCORE mentors, all experts in entrepreneurship and related fields, meet with their small business clients on an ongoing basis to provide continued advice and support.

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Business Services

  • Office Depot is focused on supporting small business growth and engagement at the local level. They have a business savings program with access to better pricing, tools, and solutions to help them grow

  • Insperity offers full service Human Resource solutions including: employee benefits, HR admin and payroll, risk management, HR related compliance and talent management.



  • Spectrum Business Financing is a recognized company serving the business financing needs of small to medium- sized businesses. Most banks can't lend to those companies with less-than-perfect credit. Additionally, many banks are one-dimensional and only do one type of financing.


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