Employer Resources

NOVA’s programs, partnerships and resources can help you to connect with programs that can lead to business loans, hire new employees, develop and run a small business, and apply for small business grants.

Email or call us at (408) 730-7232 to find out how we can help you and your business.

Contact local governments & chambers of commerce

NOVA is a partner and member of many organizations that can help your business to grow. For additional information on developing your business, contact your local economic development division or Chamber of Commerce.

Leveraging LMI for your hiring & training needs

Did you know that key labor market information is available online at no cost to you? The California Employment Development Department's Labor Market Information Division (LMID) tracks and compiles helpful employment, compensation, and training data that you can use in making informed decisions for your human resources related programs.

Find other resources for business

Local, state and federal groups offer advice on business topics from training to entrepreneurship.


Local Governments & Chambers of Commerce

Economic Department Division (408) 777-3286
Cupertino Chamber of Commerce (408) 252-7054
Los Altos
Economic Development Division (650) 947-2620 
Los Altos Chamber of Commerce (650) 948-1455
City Manager's Office (economic development) (408) 586-3051
Milpitas Chamber of Commerce (408) 262-2613
Mountain View
Economic Development Division (650) 903-6379
Mountain View Chamber of Commerce (650) 968-8378
Palo Alto
City Manager's Office (economic development) (650) 329-2604
Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (650) 324-3121
Santa Clara
City Manager's Office (economic development) (408) 615-2200
Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce (408) 244-8244
Economic Development Division (408) 730-7607 
Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce (408) 736-4971


Labor Market Information for hiring & training

Access a variety of helpful HR-related links including information on compensation, unemployment, affirmative action, and payroll taxes.
Occupation Profile
Search this helpful database for information to create or update job descriptions, benchmark wage scale to prevailing local wages, or identify skill gaps for employee development.
Local Area Profile
Get an overview of the labor market in California or within your county, including labor force trends, industry payroll data, wages, consumer price index, and more.
Training and Apprenticeships
Find relevant training programs to enhance the performance of your employees.
Frequently Asked Questions - Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
Learn more about tax incentives available to employers and how your might qualify. 
California Employer's Guide (PDF)
Comprehensive publication to learn about other employment and training resources and to understand your rights and responsibilities as an employer.


Other resources for business

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
A regional planning agency for the San Francisco Bay Area that examines regional issues like housing, transportation, economic development, education, and environment.
Better Business Bureau
Information on businesses and charities, as well as local Better Business Bureaus.
California Department of Industrial Relations
Information on California's Labor Code, workers' compensation, labor law, mediation and conciliation, as well as statistics and research.
California Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)
A searchable list of training providers who are eligible to receive Individual Training Accounts through Workforce Investment Act Title 1-B funds.
California Employment Development Department
Information on labor markets, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, payroll taxes, employment training, and EDD regulations.
Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network
A nonpartisan group addressing challenges facing Silicon Valley.
Webinar Series - Research and insights from one of the leaders in contingent and permanent staffing workforce solutions. 
Silicon Valley On-Line (SVEDA)
Information on Silicon Valley's economy and business resources dedicated to assisting businesses in locating within the region.
Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center
Services for small businesses for the greater Silicon Valley, including San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County.
Small Business Administration
Information on starting a business, financing a business, managing a business, business opportunities, and disaster recovery.  
Legislative and committee information provided by the Library of Congress.
Tools for Business Success
Online free and low-cost resources to start and grow a business, hosted by the City of Palo Alto.
Links to top government websites, key government science and technology web resource sites, Supreme Court decisions, and government research and development publications. 
U.S. Department of Labor
Information on federal labor laws and regulations.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Everything you need to know about patents.
Outplacement, recruiting and training services for San Jose and southern Santa Clara County businesses from the group that manages one-stop centers in San Jose, Campbell, and Gilroy.