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Business Groups

As part of our business-friendly environment, the City works with a number of local business groups as we work together to enhance our economic condition, bring new businesses into our community, and help the existing businesses to thrive – what’s good for business in Redwood City, is good for the community of Redwood City.

  • Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce
    The Chamber’s mission is to promote the economic prosperity of the community through business representation and advocacy with emphasis on information, communication and education.

  • Downtown Business Group
    An association of businesses and stakeholders in the Downtown to promote the area as an exciting destination.

  • Seaport Industrial Association
    A business association of industrial companies in connection with the Port of Redwood City committed to enhancing the business environment at the Port.

  • San Mateo County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
    The San Mateo County CVB is a full-service Bureau, offering convention site selection, official San Mateo County publications and maps, site inspection arrangements, local supplier contact information, suggestions on things to do and see in the area, and photographs.

Business Resources

  • United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
    SBA’s website provides a free Northern California Small Business Start-Up Kit containing lots of information about starting, financing, managing, and business opportunities.

  • Cañada College Small Business Development Center
    Located in downtown Redwood City, this organization provides an outreach program to inform the business community about free business counseling, mentor program, low-cost seminars and other services. The Center provides up to date, well equipped and staffed Business Resource Center that meets the needs of present and future business owners, entrepreneurs.

  • Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center (SVSBDC)
    Located in San Jose, SVSBDC is a small business assistance organization that delivers free or low cost up-to-date training and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management to cities in South San Mateo and North Santa Clara Counties. The SBDC services include, but are not limited to, assisting small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems, and feasibility studies.

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a source of free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea to start-up to success. The SCORE Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.

    SCORE’s extensive, national network of 10,500 retired and working volunteers provide free business counseling and advice as a public service to all types of businesses, in all stages of development

  • Redwood City Public Library Small Business Section
    Centrally located in Redwood City, the Redwood City Public Library’s Small Business Section is an indispensable resource for current small business owners or those interested in starting a small business. Hundreds of print and electronic resources are available, from current and archived trade magazines to direct marketing resources.


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