Business Consulting Centers and Local Networking Opportunities

IX Business Consulting Centers and Local Networking Opportunities

The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA)

TVEA (the organization whom created this guide) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit strategic private-public collaborative made up of businesses, government, education and community organizations whose mission is to elevate the economic vitality and stability of our five-city region – Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Los Angeles, and San Fernando. One of TVEA’s core programs is its Business Assistance Program, which connects businesses to the resources and leadership of the Valley – all at no cost to the business. Some examples of areas TVEA can assist a business in are:

  • Permits
  • Expansion
  • Financing
  • Site Selection
  • Energy Costs
  • Tax Credits and Incentives
  • Economic Data
  • Recruitment
  • Employee Training
  • Global Opportunities
  • ADA Compliance

When it comes to business, everyone knows it’s all about who you know – and TVEA knows many great resources that will take care of your business. Reach out today for your no cost, one-on-one consultation to figure out some ways to cut your costs and increase your sales!

Los Angeles Economic Development Center (LAEDC)

The LAEDC is a private, non-profit 501c3 with a public-benefit mission.  They believe L.A. County’s future prosperity is about our people. It’s about parents looking across the dinner table, knowing they are able to provide for their families. It’s about students learning the skills the right skills to build careers in growing industries. And it’s about job creation, which sets a foundation for healthy families and thriving equitable communities.  At the LAEDC, they work to make all these things happen.

They serve the county’s 10 million people of the county’s 88 cities and 100+ unincorporated communities through their free business assistance and attraction programs, economic research and analysis, real estate advisory services, trade and investment assistance, and public policy leadership. LAEDC looks ahead to support emerging growth and innovation industries that will create the jobs of tomorrow and give critical support to the key industry clusters driving L.A. today.  And they continually improve our region’s ability to compete and succeed globally.

Chambers of Commerce

If you need help getting to know the businesses and people of the Valley – joining a Chamber of Commerce (COC) will get you started on the right foot. Each one will not only help you network with other businesses in that area, but also assist you in finding any resources you need to start and/or grow your business.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Go-Biz was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, facilitation through of regulatory compliance, small business assistance, international trade development, and assistance with state programs as well as coordination with local and regional agencies. GO-Biz includes the following:

  • California Business Investment Services (Cal-BIS)
    • The Cal-BIS Unit is comprised of a team of business development experts and specialists with in-depth insight on available resources, ongoing initiatives, and government programs that provide direct technical and financial assistance to companies interested in either locating or expanding in California.
    • Cal-BIS provides a wide array of research, consultation and facilitation services involving the application of state resources and programs, coordination with regional and local agencies, information on labor, tax credits, tax exemptions, state permits and legislative action to the benefit of commercial business enterprises and new job creators.
  • International Affairs & Trade Development
    • The GO-Biz international business unit is the State’s primary point of contact for expanding California’s international business. It functions to boost international trade through marketing support, attention to policy barriers and support for airport, seaport, and ground transportation projects proving California as the nation’s leading international gateway. It also functions to attract and support new foreign investment into the state in conjunction with Cal-BIS and the Federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. This unit is also responsible for operation of California’s foreign trade office in Shanghai, China.
  • Office of the Small Business Advocate
    • The Small Business unit serves as the primary advocate and resource provider for assistance to California’s small business community. The unit provides educational services on issues that directly affect small businesses and conducts direct advocacy on behalf of small business owners. The small business unit works in collaboration with state departments and agencies to manage interagency projects that promote regulatory compliance, outreach and assistance. The Unit facilitates resources for technical assistance, financial assistance as well as state procurement opportunities.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit is the state’s primary point of contact for promoting California’s innovation infrastructure. It functions to develop an environment encouraging entrepreneurship, promotes long term economic growth and facilitates job creation through innovation. It also serves to convene key stakeholders necessary to support GO-Biz activities throughout the state as well as stimulate entrepreneurship and the development of California’s innovation workforce. This unit is primarily responsible for the administration of California’s Innovation Hub (iHub) Program.
  • Permit Assistance
    • The Permit Assistance unit provides comprehensive permit and regulatory compliance assistance statewide for businesses in California by serving as the central source of permit guidance. The Permit Assistance unit also works with local and regional permitting agencies to provide permit identification and regulatory compliance assistance at the local level. The team will also act as a neutral facilitator between state regulatory agencies and businesses to resolve permitting issues. A project specialist may be assigned to personally guide an applicant through the permit process and will assist new business owners to identify all necessary permits required to start a new or to expand an existing business. The unit schedules pre-application meetings between businesses and the appropriate regulatory agencies to help streamline the permitting process. The services provided by the Permit Assistance unit are confidential and free of charge.
    • The on-line permit assistance website provides a listing of required, federal, state and local permits, webpage links, addresses, application forms and phone numbers.

Universities and Colleges

The universities and community colleges in the Valley typically have an economic development office or officer who can discuss a variety of customized training programs and potential incentives. Since incentives and programs change per institution, please check with individual colleges to see what programs and services may apply to your specific industry or business.


SCORE is a national network of more than 11,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives who volunteer as mentors to America’s small businesses. SCORE volunteers donated more than 1.1 million hours providing services to small business clients. SCORE leverages decades of experience from seasoned business professionals to help entrepreneurs to start and grow companies and to create jobs in local communities. SCORE does this by harnessing the passion and knowledge of individuals who have owned and managed their own businesses and want to share this “real world” expertise with you. For the Los Angeles area, SCORE’s regional office is located at 330 N. Brand Blvd., Ste. 190 Glendale, CA 91203.

The National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA)

The NAWBO-LA is one of the organization’s leading and innovative chapters since its beginnings in 1979. The mission of NAWBO-LA is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective changes in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.

Founded in 2000, the NAWBO-LA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) institution dedicated to accelerating initiatives that promote women’s entrepreneurship worldwide. We accomplish this by: supporting programs and initiatives that propel women entrepreneurs into positions of leadership and power; disseminating information and knowledge through research and education; and working with the business community to build a legacy for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Closest office to the Valley: 515 S. Flower St., 36th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Minority Business Development Agency

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center – Los Angeles, is operated by the University of Southern California (USC) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Mayor’s Office of Economic & Business Policy (OEBP).  They work throughout the Nation to link minority-owned businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow. They advocate and promote minority-owned business with elected officials, policy makers, and business leaders. Serving as subject matter experts and advocates for the minority business community, MBDA conducts high quality research and cultivates domestic and international relationships.

The Los Angeles agency is one center with two locations, and is a part of the national network of over 40 MBDA Business Centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Agency. The MBDA Business Center-Los Angeles offices are located at University of Southern California and at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Closest office to the Valley: 2801 South Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90089


In collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Business Source and SET, ICON CDC offers free training and assistance to small business owners seeking to improve their operation and profitability in order to succeed, grow and remain competitive and services for local entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business. Their services include: skill-building workshops, access to capital, credit counseling, licensing and permits, and business and marketing plan development.

California Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC)

CMTC offers a wide range of high quality, professional consulting services in the following areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Lean Enterprise
  • Quality Management and Manufacturing
  • Lean Hospital / Lean Physician Office Space
  • Lean Logistics and Warehousing


Los Angeles Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

PTAC provides workshops and training for businesses on selling goods and services to the County, the State and the federal government. It also provides information on certifying your business and other technical assistance. Its website provides links to information on licenses and permits required when starting a business, upcoming events, and how to register to be a County, State, and/or Federal vendor.