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 Workshop Calendar

2020 Workshop Calendar in the Works

Richmond Main Street Initiative is dedicated to strengthening Downtown Richmond’s economic base by hosting workshops and events for our small business and entrepreneur community. Big thanks to everyone who completed our 2020 Small Business Workshop survey. We greatly appreciate your feedback and we are working hard to plan a workshop calendar to fit your business needs.
Due to current coronavirus COVID19 pandemic, and per the current shelter in place guidelines, our office is closed until further notice, with our staff working remotely and available during our normal business hours of Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. The best way to reach us is via email or our website’s contact form. Kindly allow up to 5 business days for a response.

Our Work & Commitment Right Now

  • Monitoring the situation closely and adjusting our work to meet the needs of our community
  • Actively exploring web-based solutions to hosting meetings and workshops
  • Supporting our local businesses by engaging with our Downtown merchants and community partners to better understand the needs of our business community, promoting those that remain open, and connecting businesses with resources through our Community Resource Directory, weekly Main Street News & Small Business Mailer, and social media accounts Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Standing up for businesses on Macdonald Avenue and beyond through our membership in the California Main Street Alliance, collaboration with community partners and City departments, and contacting our elected representatives

Want to start a business? Need help with an existing business?

 Currently, our capacity to offer ongoing, direct business assistance is limited. 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:

Thank you to our economic vitality sponsors and partners

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