Starting a Business?

Having a great business idea is just the start. From securing the proper permits to finding the best location and hiring the right employees, there are many things to consider when starting a business. Click on the tools below for help making your business idea a reality.

How to Start a Business

5 Steps to Starting a Business

When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and procedures that must be addressed. While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business.

Access to Capital

Click here to read the Access to Capital guidebook put together by California Financial Opportunities Roundtable (CalFOR). This guidebook provides readers with basic information to help them finance their new business venture.

Choosing Your Location and Equipment

Visit the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development Business Investment Services website for site selection assistance.

Marketing Your Business

Facebook is teaming up with elected officials to offer free small business workshops. People who attend the workshops learn how to use social media to grow their business and expand their customer base. The workshops cover branding, driving traffic and finding new customers. Contact your assemblymember to learn more.

Google's Get Your Business Online program helps small businesses manage their online presence. Visit the Get Your Business Online website to learn more.

Hiring and Retaining Employees

Adding to your team is an important step. The Small Business Administration provides information to ensure your hiring process is smooth and compliant with state and federal regulations.

Additional Resources

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Additional Resources

New Tax Credits

Hiring Tax Credit

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Manufacturers Sales Tax Exemption

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California Competes Tax Credits

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