Business Services


Richmond Main Street Initiative is dedicated to strengthening Downtown Richmond’s economic base through business retention, targeted recruitment, social entrepreneurship and financing, trend monitoring and education, and new equitable development.

We actively partner with the local business community, anchor institutions, and service providers to provide a wide range of technical assistance services to small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs. Whether you’re the owner of an established enterprise who wants to revamp your business practices or you’re an entrepreneur ready to take the next step, Richmond Main Street is here to help.

Our Current Small Business Assistance Programs

Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Workshop Series: How to Become Certified for Contracts with Anchor Institutions

Next Workshop: August 20, 2018  *Save the Date! More Info & Registration Coming Soon* Sign-up for our Small Business Mailer to receive updates.


Richmond Business Bites is a workshop series offered throughout the year featuring panelists of small business owners, advisors, City of Richmond representatives, and others offering their expertise on a range of entrepreneurship topics. The How to Become Certified for Contracts with Anchor Institutions series is a two-part, hands-on course designed to get local, small, and minority-owned businesses ready for doing business with anchor institutions.

Cost: Free

More Information & Resources

SESSION 1: Introduction to Certification Workshop

Certification and procurement experts from UC Berkeley’s Supplier Diversity Program, State of California Department of General Services, and Small Business Administration, as well as colleagues from Contra Costa Small Business Development Center, will present an introduction to certifications, providing guidance on document requirements and other strategies to improve outcomes for local small business to become certified with anchor institutions. UC Berkeley Law’s New Business Practicum will provide a legal checklist for entrepreneurs.

Resources & Materials

Session 2: Get Certified! Hands-On Certification Workshop

Representatives from State of California Department of General Services and Small Business Administration will be lead online, hands-on workshops to get your business registered with state and federal portals. Colleagues from UC Berkeley Supplier Diversity Program and Contra Costa SBDC will also be on hand to offer guidance on small business certifications. The workshop will be held in a computer lab; each participant will have access to a computer.

Hands-on sessions to get your business set-up to do business with anchor institutions:

State of California

Get your State of California small business certifications and register your business with Cal eProcure, the new online portal designed to improve the experience of businesses selling products and services to the state of California. Presented by State of California Department of General Services.

U.S. Federal Government

Register your business with The System for Award Management (SAM), the official website of the U.S. government. Presented by Small Business Administration.


This workshop is the 2nd session of a 2-part series. Organizers highly recommend that participants for this workshop have taken the 1st session or are otherwise prepared to begin these registration and certification processes. Please review the VERY IMPORTANT information below so that you can come prepared to Get Certified! 

Information you need to bring:

Resources & Materials


For More Information

Call (510) 236-4049


Sponsored by: UC Berkeley Partnership Grant. Hosted by Richmond Main Street Initiative with support from Contra Costa SBDC, UC Berkeley Law’s New Business Practicum, State of California Department of General Services, and Richmond Community Foundation.

Next Workshop:


1015 Nevin Avenue, Suite 105, Richmond, CA 94801


Interested in starting your own business? Check out First Steps to Successful Start-Ups. Learn about the attributes of a successful entrepreneur AND invaluable sources of information for the nuts and bolts of starting your business, including:

  • Licenses and permits
  • Business planning process
  • Key information sources for developing your business plan
  • How to take advantage of the Contra Costa SBDC’s free and low-cost business services
  • And much, much more!

Instructor: Vaneese Johnson, SBDC Advisor

Cost: Free

Hosted by: Richmond Main Street Initiative in partnership with Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

More Info

Questions about the workshop curriculum? Call (925) 602-6806 or visit
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email

Want to start a business? Own a business but need some help?

Currently, Richmond Main Street is not able to offer ongoing, direct business services. However, we have very strong relationships and partnerships with a variety of service providers in the area. Whether you need help developing or revising your business plan, acquiring financing, finding a storefront space, or accessing other business resources, we are here to help! Tell us a little bit about your business needs and we will happily connect you with the resources you need.
Call (510) 236-4049 or email*
Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.
In the meantime, check out our Business Resources page for helpful links and sign-up to receive our Small Business Mailer:

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