How to Start a Business

Congratulations! Visiting our website is the first step of many in starting your business.

The Silicon Valley Central Chamber and our partner organizations have many resources available to you for building your business.

Silicon Valley Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

For those just starting out on the path to creating your business, we recommend taking advantage of the Silicon Valley Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) counseling sessions. These one-hour complimentary sessions occur on the first Wednesday of each month at our offices and are available by appointment only. To schedule your counseling session, please click here and remember to choose Santa Clara as the location.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Visit the Resources provided by the Small Business Association including the 10 Steps to Start your Business or the Business Guide.

Need Funding? Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Funding Program to learn how you can receive loans, investment capital, disaster assistance, surety bond, and grants.

America’s Small Business Development Center, Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides expert no-cost advising, low cost workshops and small business trainings, to guide small businesses to success and accomplishment.

Receive business advising at no cost to you in the areas of: Business Plans, Capital Sourcing, E-Commerce/Internet Marketing, Procurement, Product Pricing, Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations/ Restaurant Operations, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & New Product Development, Human Resources, Business Start-Up/Home-Based Businesses, Retail, and
International Trade. Visit here.

City of Santa Clara

For those that already have your business plan, have funding, and are ready to open for business, please make sure to visit the City of Santa Clara's website for information on business licenses and required permits.  To reach the City of Santa Clara, please click here.

Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce

Of course, once you have completed all the necessary steps to open your business, please make sure to give our Chamber a call! We would like to share with you the many benefits and services that we offer our members to help grow their business through our core values of:

  • Educating businesses
  •  Creating a strong local economy
  •  Representing the interests of business before government
  •  Business growth
  •  Providing networking opportunities

​To find out more information, please visit our Member Benefits page by clicking here.