Richmond Main Street Initiative - Business Assistance

Richmond Main Street Initiative is dedicated to strengthening Downtown Richmond’s economic base through business retention, targeted recruitment, social entrepreneurship and financing, trend monitoring and education, and new development.




Our Current Small Business Assistance Programs





A series of workshops offered throughout the year featuring panelists of small business owners, advisors, City of Richmond representatives, and others offering their expertise on a range of entrepreneurship topics.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Workshop Series:

How to Become Certified for Contracts with Anchor Institutions

Tuesdays, November 7 & 14, 9am - 12pm
Where: Catholic Charities of the East Bay, 217 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94801
Cost: Free

SESSION 1: Introduction to Certification Workshop
Certification and procurement experts from UC Berkeley’s Supplier Diversity Program, State of California Department of General Services, and Small Business Administration, as well as colleagues from Contra Costa Small Business Development Center, will present an introduction to certifications, providing guidance on document requirements and other strategies to improve outcomes for local small business to become certified with anchor institutions. UC Berkeley Law's New Business Practicum will provide a legal checklist for entrepreneurs.

Resources & Materials

SESSION 2: Get Certified! Hands-On Certification Workshop
Tuesday, November 14, 9am – 12pm

Representatives from State of California Department of General Services and Small Business Administration will be lead online, hands-on workshops to get your business registered with state and federal portals. Colleagues from UC Berkeley Supplier Diversity Program and Contra Costa SBDC will also be on hand to offer guidance on small business certifications. The workshop will be held in a computer lab; each participant will have access to a computer.

Hands-on sessions to get your business set-up to do business with anchor institutions: 
State of California
Get your State of California small business certifications and register your business with Cal eProcure, the new online portal designed to improve the experience of businesses selling products and services to the state of California. Presented by State of California Department of General Services.
U.S. Federal Government
Register your business with The System for Award Management (SAM), the official website of the U.S. government. Presented by Small Business Administration.
This workshop is the 2nd session of a 2-part series. Organizers highly recommend that participants for this workshop have taken the 1st session or are otherwise prepared to begin these registration and certification processes. Please review the VERY IMPORTANT information below so that you can come prepared to Get Certified! 

Information you need to bring:

Resources & Materials

For More Information
Call (510) 236-4049


Sponsored by: UC Berkeley Partnership Grant. Hosted by Richmond Main Street Initiative with support from Contra Costa SBDC, UC Berkeley Law's New Business Practicum, State of California Department of General Services, and Richmond Community Foundation.

Richmond Main Street is able to provide these low-cost and free resources due to generous support from Chevron, City of Richmond, and Contra Costa Small Business Development Center.

We strive to realize this goal through a number of collaborative programs, such as our Richmond Business Bites workshops and our annual Summer Youth Entrepreneur Program, which provide business training to entrepreneurs and youth job seekers, respectively. We actively work with local business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. Whether you’re the owner of an established enterprise who wants to revamp your business practices or you’re an entrepreneur ready to take the next step, Richmond Main Street is here to help.






Want to start a business? Own a business but need some help?

Currently, Richmond Main Street is not able to offer direct business services. However, we have very strong relationships and partnerships with a variety of service providers in the area. Whether you need help developing or revising your business plan, acquiring financing, finding a storefront space, or accessing other business resources, we are here to help! Tell us a little bit about your business needs and we will happily connect you with the resources you need.
Call (510) 236-4049 or email* 
Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.
In the meantime: check out our Small Business Resources page for helpful links.

Additional Certification Workshop Series Coming SPRING 2018.
Dates TBA.