Business Advisory Services

Access to  Buisiness Advisory Services during COVID-19  restrictions

Please call or email first with your question or request.  In-person and/or virtual meetings are available.  

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Business Questions?

Business Advisory Services has answers!

  • Business Ideas and Plans
  • Startup Questions and Resources
  • Locating your Business
  • Permits and Permit Processes
  • Building Codes and Inspections
  • Business Fees and Taxes
  • Business Incentives

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Please complete this short form to let us know how we may best assist you.  You may reach us directly by checking the “contact me” section below. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

What our clients are saying

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Lo-Fi Craft Cocktails and Live Entertainment

"Margaret James is a Modesto Treasure. She is knowledgeable, helpful, and gives the impression she sincerely cares about small business and Downtown Modesto. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate Margaret James and all of her assistance and support."

- Laure Jamieson, Lo-Fi Cocktails

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Cedar Bar and Lounge

"Margaret James is amazing and has been so helpful in every way. She has gone above and beyond to help me not only get my entertainment permit but to check on all my other existing permits and inspections. She has been an uplifting spirit in times when I felt like there was no hope to finally get open. My project took about a year and half to complete and through this long period she would constantly check in with me on the status of my project help me get in contact with the correct departments in regards to any matters. On top of all this once my project was ready to open she connected me to the Modesto bee so that they could write an article about my business. In short the city of Modesto is very lucky to have such a wonderful women representing them and I am lucky to have meet such a lovely soul. I hope she knows how grateful I am for all that she has done and that the city knows how lucky they are."

- Chrestina Abounaoum, Owner

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The Tea Shack

Margaret James was a delight to work with. She helped a nervous and scared person like me in pointing me to the right direction in starting a business. She helped me look for location and help push the building permits. She provided me with lots of information about small business.  She’s a pleasure to work with.

- Sam San, The Tea Shack