SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

October 15, 2007 19:17 ET

Debut of to Help San Jose and Silicon Valley Businesses Thrive

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) -

WHAT:        Silicon Valley's one-stop resource for starting and growing a
             business, will be officially debuted by
             San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. offers
             no-cost services and resources for small business owners,
             including business planning and technical assistance, hiring
             and human resource assistance, access to capital information
             and permitting and regulatory assistance.  The website also
             includes a self-assessment tool that an entrepreneur can
             utilize to identify the best resource that meets a particular
             need.  The launch is part of a week-long series of San Jose
             events targeting business owners and entrepreneurs.

WHO:         San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed
             Jeff Ruster, deputy director, San Jose Office of Economic

WHEN:        9 a.m.
             October 16, 2007

WHERE:       Rotunda
             San Jose City Hall
             200 E. Santa Clara Street
             San Jose, California

BACKGROUND: is an initiative that seeks to increase
             the awareness of small businesses* and entrepreneurs of no
             cost and low cost services available in San Jose-Silicon
             Valley.  Based on research, conducted by the Office of
             Economic Development, only three percent of small businesses
             even knew such services are available. To heighten awareness,
             approximately 30 organizations, including six city
             departments, have agreed to operate under a common brand and
             resource web portal, For more
             information, call 1-877-880-1222, or visit

             *There are approximately 130,000 businesses in San Jose
             Metropolitan Area -- defined as 20 employers or fewer.

Contact Information

  • Contact
    Steven Brewster
    (408) 535-8168
    San Jose Office of Economic Development
    Email Contact