CalOSBA in Northern California

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalSOBA) serves as the voice of small business, representing your views and interests and advocating for equitable access to capital, markets and resources.

CalOSBA’s regional teams live and work near you so we can participate in local events and get to know our small business communities from the inside out. We want to meet you, answer your questions and support your events.

Local & Regional Economic Conferences | Ribbon-cuttings | Workshops & Webinars |

Chamber of Commerce Meetings | Lending Events | & More

Northern California Team

Clair Whitmer

Clair Whitmer

Jermaine Carter-Gibson

Jermaine Carter-Gibson

Jamie Winters

Jamie Winters

Shruti Narain

Shruti Narain

Grants and Loans

Discover grant and loan programs for small businesses. On our website you can:

  • Get details on upcoming grant and loan programs
  • Find current grant and loan opportunities
  • Learn how to apply for a funding program

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Small Business Support Centers
California funds a network of Small Business Support Centers that provide no-cost one-on-one consulting and no-cost or low-cost training services and programs to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Their expert advisors can assist you with all stages of your business including startup business plans, access to financing, growth, resiliency plans, e-commerce, marketing and more.

State of California Procurement Marketplace

Cal eProcure
Cal eProcure is an online portal that gives businesses access to state bidding, contracting and certification resources in one location. Learn more at the Cal eProcure website

Department of General Services
The Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division (PD) sets state procurement policies and provides purchasing services. It delegates purchasing authority to state departments; certifies small and/or disabled veteran businesses to do business with the state; and provides innovative purchasing methods that save taxpayers’ dollars, integrating quality solutions to meet customers’ needs. Learn more at the DGS website.  

Source Diverse Source Local

Source Diverse Source Local is a public-private collaboration to foster an inclusive procurement process and a resilient California-based supply chain. Source Diverse Source Local supports diversity, equity and inclusion in California’s procurements by increasing state dollars spent with diverse and/or local California businesses.

This initiative aims to develop new and existing small businesses through procurement readiness programs to obtain manufacturing, government and/or corporate contracts.

Learn more here.

Don’t Be Scared, Get Prepared

Outsmart Disaster provides California businesses and nonprofits with the training and resources needed to prepare for and recover from all types of business interruptions.

  • Download and customize your Business Resiliency Roadmap
  • Attend an online training webinar
  • Schedule an in-person training for your community

Trainings available in Spanish!

​Small Business Success Stories from California’s Small Business Center Network

CalOSBA’s small business support partners and grant programs provide California’s small businesses with no-cost or low-cost 1:1 consulting and training to help them get started, manage, and grow. Learn how business-owners in a community near you took advantage of these services to improve the outlook for their businesses.

SOL Learning Institute 

SOL Learning Institute 

CalOSBA had an opportunity to catch up with Travis Duckworth, the director of SOL Learning Institute, which has a year-round, skill-based enrichment program designed to introduce young adults to the three pillars of sustainable agriculture, architecture, and economics…

Shoppe Serendipity

Shoppe Serendipity

Kristina Taylor, Karuk Tribe Member and Owner of Shoppe Serendipity, runs a delightful gallery gift shop in the historic downtown of the far northeast city of Yreka. Yreka, the county seat of Siskiyou County, is a beautiful mountainous town located off the I-5 near the Oregon border. Whether you’re a local, or…

Breakers Breakfast

Breakers Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch

Robby Bancroft and his father Steve, Co-Owners of Breakers Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, received small business guidance from the Northern California SBDC Network to help them rebound after they opened their business in 2014 but had to close their doors for nine….

Correa Logistics

Correa Logistics

Correa Logistics is a small business based out of Santa Rosa, California. They develop and market innovative medical products and services to multiple industry sectors around the world. Their mission is to provide preventable disease solutions that will enhance patient outcomes and ….

GK Promos

GK Promos

When Gerardo Zaragoza, Chief Executive Officer, and Kathy Gutierrez, Co-President, opened GK Promos, their main challenges were needing more income to sustain themselves and the business, a lack of social media presence, and developing backend infrastructure…..

Hella Nuts

Kami and Mieko Scott founders of Hella Nuts started their plant-based journey in 2018. Their goal was to come up with vegan options that had no chemicals, fillers, or soy. Nothing but all natural ingredients. As a black-owned and women-owned business, Hella Nuts aims to…

Accelerate California Inclusive Innovation Hubs in Your Region

Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Hosted by the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State, the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Growth Alliance (SEGA) focuses on supporting the region’s cleantech industry with programming such as CleanTech Funding Foundation Series


ChicoSTART provides innovation support by fostering technology development, establishing business partnerships, integrating university expertise and services, facilitating funding acquisition, and promoting university-to-industry technology transfer across the northernmost 17 counties of California.


San Francisco
Humanmade is a business incubator and advanced manufacturing workforce development training center offering training in professional design, prototyping, and fabrication. Humanmade supports entrepreneurs building shoot-for-the-moon-style tech, as well as small businesses focused on handmade goods.

Siskiyou EDC Agccelerator

The Agccelerator addresses challenges facing the agriculture businesses including wildfires, droughts, and supply chain disruptions. The SEDC provides expert industry consulting, conducts workshops, and initiates succession planning for farmers and ranchers in Siskiyou, Shasta, and Trinity counties.

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