Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Resources for Startup Companies

Whether currently at a startup or simply getting your entrepreneurial juices flowing, the following list of resources is helpful for providing you some of the resources you need for a successful business.

Business Plans

It is vital for all startups to begin planning with a clear business model and purposeful strategy. Check out the following links for additional help with business planning:


There are various local and national networks to join as a small business, which may may help you with a variety of valuable resources, a strong support group, and much more. Take a look below for networks that may interest you.

Local Resources

Silicon Valley SBA-Friendly Banks

Following is a sampling of just a few area banks that make SBA-backed loans, including contact information (the links below are links to the SBA loan area of each institution):

In addition, many credit unions offer SBA-backed loans, such as Tech CU in the Silicon Valley area. has a list of links by city for banks with business loans, most of which offer SBA loans.

Nonprofit Resources


When marketing your new company, be sure to stay updated on the best ways you can market to your customers!

Online Tools


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Current Students and Alumni

Looking for some help with a business plan, pitch, executive summary or just want to work through some ideas?  The CIE is glad to help.  Email Executive Director Dan Aguiar for more information.



Start a Business in California

Where to start?  The CA Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development offers information, planning tools, and resources for starting your business in California.  Whether you're interested in a checklist of steps to start your own small business or finidng out about various statewide and local incentives to relocate your established business to California, they're there to help.  Visit GO-BIZ at and get started.