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Business: START HERE!

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Useful Internet Resources

Starting a Business

Step 1

It is helpful to begin with a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint of every aspect of your business. Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and Location are just some of the categories to consider when creating a plan. Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration website to find a tutorial on how to create a business plan.

Step 2

If you would like help deciding on a location for your business, contact the California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) unit of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. CalBIS provides tailored site selection services for businesses, real–estate executives, and site selection consultants.

Step 3

Choose a business structure. Select a business entity type from the following list for a brief overview of the principal types of legal business structures available in California. Private legal and tax advisors should be consulted before making a determination as to the type of business entity to form.

Step 4

Your next step will be to file your tax and employer identification documents.

Step 5

Most businesses require licenses or permits in order to operate.
Here is further information pertaining to filing local licenses and permits: 
CalGold, The Gold Standard for Permit Assistance
Department of Consumer Affairs


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