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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

2019 Workshop Schedule

Dates: 1st Fridays of the month (except April & July: 2nd Friday)

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801 (at Richmond BART Station)

About: Calling all women entrepreneurs! Whether you are just starting your business or have an existing one, you are invited to join the Business Master Mind Class for Women Entrepreneurs. These monthly meet-ups will feature expert advising, various business topics, networking, and peer support. Explore:

  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Financials
  • Taxes
  • Growth Strategies

Small Business Advisor: Vaneese Johnson

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 www.contracostasbdc.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

2019 Schedule

Dates: 1st Fridays of the month (except April & July: 2nd Friday)

Sessions: 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801 (at Richmond BART Station)

About: Take your business to the next level with free expert advising! Individualized and confidential, these one-on-one advising are designed specifically to support existing businesses and start-ups. With guidance and support from your business adviser, these sessions will help you establish and work towards reaching your business goals: planning, development, financing, marketing, branding, and more!

Small Business Advisor: Vaneese Johnson

Cost: Free!

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

More Info

Questions about one on one advising? Call (925) 602-6806 or visit www.contracostasbdc.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

Upcoming Workshops

Dates & Topics:

  • February 11: First Steps to a Successful Launch
  • February 27: Business Action Planning – Part 1
  • March 6: Business Action Planning – Part 2

Time (all dates): 6pm – 9pm

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801 (at Richmond BART Station)

About: Are you interested in starting your own business? Check out this three part business planning workshop series. Learn about the attributes of a successful entrepreneur AND invaluable sources of information for the nuts and bolts of launching your business and planning for success, 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 www.contracostasbdc.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

About 

Richmond Business Bites is a free 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. Our Get Certified! For Contracts with Anchor Institutions series is a hands-on course designed to get local, small, and minority-owned businesses certified and ready for doing business with anchor institutions.

2019 Workshop Schedule

In 2018 we hosted two Get Certified! For Contracts with Anchor Institutions workshop. We hope to offer these session again in 2019. Check out the “Small Business Certifications & Procurement Resources” section on our Business Resources page for copies of the handouts, materials, and slide decks from this workshop, plus links to websites and portals to certify your business. Join our Small Business Mailer to get updates on this workshop and other resources offered by our partners.

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 admin@richmondmainstreet.org.*
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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