Visit the 2012 Symposium event webpages for info on participating finance, marketing, and many more business resources, photos and video!
An on-line "clearing-house" of information for East Bay small businesses:
How and Why Was It Founded?
The East Bay EDA's "Building on Our
Assets" report published in October 2011 found that nearly 70% of jobs in
the East Bay are created by businesses employing less than
100 people. It also found that 47% of companies
with 1-2 employees and 49% of with 3-25 employees fail
during their first five years of operation.
The East Bay Small Business Initiative was launched in 2012 to help make small businesses more successful by connecting them to resources that most were not aware of. Four Small Business Symposiums were held throughout the East Bay to connect entrepreneurs, small business startups, growing and mature business owners with resources and business professionals that could address their specific needs.
This website was created to support the Symposiums and connect businesses to sources, information and training programs being provided by the Alameda County Small Business Development Center, the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center, East Bay SCORE, international trade and other resource organizations.
By almost every measure, the Initiative was successful. Click here for the 3-pg summary or click here for a complete review of the 2012 Small Business Initiative and Symposiums.
What is the Current Plan?
We discovered that additional support was needed to make training programs available to businesses in the sub-regions of the East Bay so the support and coordination of the "Breakout Sessions" of the Symposiums have been transferred into a series of at least 12 Training Seminars.
The Symposiums have become Briefing and Networking events that provide more content from featured speakers on important topics and a Networking session in which businesses can still connect with East Bay resources with information tables and representatives.
Strategic direction, policies, and resources for these activities and EDA's other business development, expansion and attraction programs are being directed by the East Bay EDA’s Business Development and Resources Committee, through appropriate work through committees, tasks forces and work groups.
You can be! Leadership Teams for the Briefing and Networking events, the Seminars and website are open to volunteers with expertise and resources that are needed to make this all happen.
The Briefing and Networking events are being organized by the East Bay EDA and its partners that include the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, US Small Business Association and Wells Fargo.
Overall coordination of the Seminars is also being provided by a Leadership Team led by East Bay EDA, while the Seminars are being coordinated by the Contra Costa and Alameda County Small Business Development Centers and East Bay SCORE, with the support of related resource partners and host cities and chambers.
A Leadership Team will also be redesigning and enhancing this Portal and related sections of the www.eastbayeda.org website to support and engage all of the East Bay resources and assist as many business owners as possible, from startups to mature East Bay companies, and businesses looking at making the East Bay their home.
Funding partners and technical expertise and needed and welcome for each element. Come join us!
How can I connect?
Small businesses can connect by attending one of the
resources on the resources page
or look for those available by geographic area by clicking on
the resource map page, or going to the register form and request
For more information on the events or to register, see the events page or check for the East Bay small business events on the website Calendar. To be notified when events are placed on the Calendar, check the "Subscribe:iCal / RSS link under the Calendar Month and Year. Additional East Bay events and training programs for financing, marketing, use of social media and many other topics are also viewable and searchable on this Calendar.
If you would like to be emailed information on future Small Business events and programs, or if you are a small business with a need that the resources on our list cannot help with, you can use the registration form to provide your contact information and identify your need/request.
For more information or to participate as a sponsor or resource, please contact EDA staff person, Keith Sutton, (510) 272-3885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.