East Bay EDA

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is a unique cross-sector partnership of private, public and nonprofit leaders in the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, helping to make the East Bay one of the most dynamic, globally competitive and sustainable business environments in the world.

Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

The Contra Costa SBDC, in collaboration with community partners, delivers small business advising and training to promote economic and human capital development.

Our workshops and individualized advising are always no-cost and our business/strategic planning classes are very low cost We proudly serve the entire County of Contra Costa and support current and aspiring small business owners with access to capital, government contracting/procurement, exporting and management consulting assistance on myriad topics including marketing, operations, human resources and finance.

Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports the economic wellbeing of its members and provides them with maximum business networking opportunities. The association of businesses was created to build a strong local economy by advocating a sound government and maintaining an informed membership and community.

California SBDC, Los Angeles Regional Network

The Small Business Development Center, hosted by College of the Canyons, is an award winning, SBA chartered, non-profit small business consulting / training / research service. Fifteen professional business advisors are on staff to provide expert advice, coaching and the tools of success to entrepreneurs through focused, results-oriented consulting engagements, trainings, and access to a multitude of business resources.

Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, as a way for the region’s business community and like-minded individuals to concentrate and coordinate their efforts, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the regional voice of business in the Bay Area.

Asian Business Association, San Diego

ABA San Diego is a non-profit membership organization established in 1990. ABASD provides a strong voice on business cultural and political issues of interest to San Diego’s Asian & Pacific Islander community. Mainstream in our focus, we facilitate the growth and development of member businesses through ongoing entrepreneurial education, communication and business networking programs.

Why D.C. small businesses support paid leave

Paid leave has been a hot topic lately, with several new initiatives and laws in the works around the country and in the D.C. region. Maryland’s Montgomery County recently approved a law allowing employees to accrue a limited number of paid sick days, and D.C. is weighing a law that would provide up to 16 weeks of family leave. Some critics are arguing that paid leave laws are bad for small businesses – but the reality is that many small business owners believe paid leave policies help them attract and retain talented employees, which is good for their bottom line.


Rise, shine, and have a nightcap with Slipstream

Combining the favored adult beverages of the morning and evening, Slipstream blends together crafted coffee and libations to create a unique, trendy bar going experience in Washington, D.C.

Owners Miranda Mirabella and Ryan Fleming were inspired by the specialty coffee scene while living together in San Francisco. As the quality of coffee continued to rise, they realized they lacked a sufficient means of truly exploring and learning about what tickled their palettes.


How one entrepreneur went from briefcases to cake pops

One D.C. entrepreneur made the rare decision to forfeit her high-paying career at a law firm and embrace her creative side by going into the kitchen and whipping up cake pops. That daring leap led Yael Krigman to open the area’s first-ever store dedicated to cake pops, a cakepoppery called Baked by Yael.

As a buttoned-up law firm associate, Krigman’s desire for a more lighthearted work environment began when she started a tradition known as “Monday Treats,” where she would bring in baked goods she made from scratch to counteract the doldrums of her office environment.