What is BusinessOwnerSpace.com?

BusinessOwnerSpace.com (BOS) is San Jose-Silicon Valley’s most accessible, comprehensive, and useful one-stop resource for launching and growing a business in San Jose-Silicon Valley.

BOS is a partnership among more than two dozen public, private, and non-profit agencies and businesses -- all pursuing the same goal:  to help new and small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve success. BOS pulls together its partners’ expertise to help you:

  • Assess whether you are ready to start a business
  • Identify and follow the appropriate steps to launching and growing your business
  • Connect with local business services that can support you through this process
  • Stay abreast of news you can use to better ensure your chances of success
  • Participate in small-business events such as mixers, workshops, and seminars offered by BOS partners
Where do I find BOS?

BusinessOwnerSpace.com is a collaborative partnership that has a “space” on the Internet.  Through the BusinessOwnerSpace.com website, you can find all the information and resources you need to start and grow a business.

But BusinessOwnerSpace.com is more than an online resource – it is also a conduit that leads you directly to the BOS Partner business support services you need, enabling you to contact organizations that offer one-on-one counseling, business consulting, technical assistance, mentoring, educational programs and more.  Located throughout the greater San Jose area, BOS Partners understand both the rewards and the challenges of owning a business.  Their services and programs are often available during both day and evening hours, and all services are either low-cost or free to business owners.

For further information or to speak to a BOS Partner, call BusinessOwnerSpace.com toll-free:  1-877-880-1222, or contact a specific BOS Partner directly by visiting our Partners page.

Does BOS charge for its services?

Access to the BOS website and its partner links are free. BOS Partner services and events are either low-cost or free. 

Don’t I have to have a lot of money to start a business?

The amount of money needed to start a business depends on the type of business you are establishing, and also how big your start-up business needs to be. The BOS website explains how to develop a business plan to determine your start-up costs and how to seek funding. BOS partners provide even more detailed information and may be able to help link you up with sources of funding.  For more information, visit the Finance section.

In addition to understanding the start-up costs you can anticipate, it is also important that you review your personal finances to ensure you and your family can sustain while your business is gearing up.

What is a business plan?

A business plan is a written document that serves as your guide during the start-up phase of your business; once your business is established, it is important to review and update your business plan from time-to-time so that you can ensure that your plan is current and reflects your goals.  A business plan is an important document – it can help you:

  • Guide business decisions
  • Determine how much money you need to get started
  • Prove to potential customers, suppliers, and financers that you’re serious

BOS can show you how to write a business plan -- and how to update your business plan as your business grows and changes.

I’ve heard that most small businesses fail.

It’s true that many new businesses fail. Most of the failures are due to poor management or financial problems. BOS can help you think through your business idea and develop a business plan so that you can avoid these pitfalls.  Be sure to visit Starting a Business for further information.

Who are BOS partners?

BOS partners include government agencies, community groups, non-profit agencies, and local businesses. The uniting factor is our desire to help small business owners in the greater San Jose area succeed. Click on Partners to see which agencies are part of the BusinessOwnerSpace.com network, and to find out more about BOS Partner services. 

The BOS website is helpful, but what I really want is to speak to someone and get some advice.

The BusinessOwnerSpace.com website is a great source of information, but BOS Partners know that sometimes it is easier, faster and more helpful to simply pick up the phone and ask a question. And sometimes a phone call simply can’t provide the support a business owner might need. For this reason, BusinessOwnerSpace.com is more than an online resource – it is also a conduit that leads you directly to the BOS Partner business support services you need, enabling you to contact organizations that offer one-on-one counseling, business consulting, technical assistance, mentoring, educational programs and more.  Located throughout the greater San Jose area, BOS Partners understand both the rewards and the challenges of owning a business.  Their services and programs are often available during both day and evening hours, and all services are either low-cost or free to business owners.

For further information or to speak to a BOS Partner, call BusinessOwnerSpace.com toll-free:  1-877-880-1222, or contact a specific BOS Partner directly by visiting our Partners page.

What should I do if I have problems with the BOS website?

Because we’re pulling together information and resources from many organizations, it is possible that you may encounter a broken link or another problem. Should you run into technical difficulties, visit our Help page. Once you have accessed that page, If you still need assistance, please email us to report your concern so that we can immediately investigate and resolve the problem. When you send your email, it would be helpful if you can specify:

  • Your computer’s operating system (Windows XP, Vista, Mac OSX, etc.)
  • Which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • The nature of the problem you experienced, including the specific page of the website you were accessing

 

What is the best way to use the BOS web site?

The BusinessOwnerSpace.com website was created to provide you with a variety of ways to get at the information you want.  We encourage you to visit the Help section if you'd like additional guidance on ways to interact with the site.