The City and SCORE, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small business, have teamed up to provide free business training workshops and one-on-one business mentoring. Please visit SCORE's website for detailed information and please see information on local events below.
Need help with a business idea or challenge? Whether you are launching a start-up or growing an existing business, get expert advice from an experienced business counselor on a variety of topics to help you be more successful.
Mentoring sessions are available by appointment between 9 am to noon on Tuesdays at the Laguna Niguel Crown Valley Community Center. Schedule appointments with SCORE at 714-550-7369.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Orange County SBDC's services include training, access to resources, and no-charge, one-on-one, confidential consulting covering business development, operations, marketing, financing, and government and corporate contracting. Workshops, seminars, and conferences are offered on a variety of topics including access to capital, traditional and online marketing, and sales. Our dedicated team has guided small business owners and entrepreneurs to achieve success. View the upcoming workshop schedule.
IBank Small Business Finance Center
IBank's Small Business Finance Center features a loan guarantee program designed to assist small businesses that experience capital access barriers. The Small Business Loan Guarantee program encourages lenders to provide funds to small businesses to help them grow and prosper.
Economic & Business Recovery Call Center
Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses navigate the current economic climate. These resources will support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.
Socal Edison Economic Development Resources
SCE’s Economic Development Advisors provide one-on-one, specialized consulting service at no cost to you. After assessing your unique business issues, SCE proposes a package of available incentives, tools and programs to reduce your operating costs and help make your business more competitive.
So whether you’re looking to expand your business, your current lease is expiring, you’re planning a move to Southern California, or have considered leaving California, talk to SCE first at email@example.com. See the link below for more information.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration assists you in filing a return and paying taxes, registering for a permit, viewing tax and fee rates, and more. See the link below for more information.
Cal Gold Permit Assistance
Cal Gold Permit Assistance assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits. See the link below for more information.