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Small Business - Library Resources

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The Accidental Entrepreneur - Susan Urquhart-Brown
ISBN: 0814401678
Publication Date: 2008-05-26

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The Entrepreneur's Desk Reference - Jane Applegate
ISBN: 1576600866
Publication Date: 2003-01-01

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The Small Business Handbook - Steve Parks
ISBN: 9780273695318
Publication Date: 2006-01-01

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Legal Forms for Starting and Running a Small Business - Fred S. Steingold
ISBN: 9781413316834
Publication Date: 2012-04-16
This book includes over 60 of the most important forms you'll need to run your small business.


Buying/Selling a Business - Library Resources

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Buying a California Business - Peter Siegel
ISBN: 0976198517
Publication Date: 2005-01-27
Addresses why business buyers in California fail and what they need to do to be successful. The author has worked with thousands of business buyers, both as a California business broker and as a consultant, and he also bought small businesses for himself during his early entrepreneurial years.

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Buying and Selling a Business - Ira Nottonson
ISBN: 9781599181721
Publication Date: 2008-03-18
Discusses the buyer-seller relationship, the financial picture, and negotiating price and pricing variables. How to find your team of professionals, from accountants, brokers and lawyers. Also includes information about valuing the price of an internet business.

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How to Buy and Sell a Business - Garrett Sutton; Robert T. Kiyosaki
ISBN: 0446691348
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
Discusses confidentiality, franchises, the elements of a selling prospectus, reading financial reports, valuations methods, negotiations to structure the deal, and tax considerations.

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Business - Fred S. Steingold
ISBN: 9781413312676
Publication Date: 2011-09-07

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The Small Business Valuation Book - Lawrence W. Tuller
ISBN: 1598697668
Publication Date: 2008-09-17
Easy-to-use techniques that will help you determine a fair price, negotiate terms, minimize taxes.


Starting a Business

(Source: California Secretary of State website)

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. Please click on each of the resources below to determine if your business requires any licenses or permits.

Useful Internet Resources

Need a Business Plan?

  • Bplans - samples
    Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts who have answered thousands of questions from people like you. Bplans has won several awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource.
  • Write a Business Plan
    The United States Small Business Administration provides solid information on writing and using a business plan.
  • Templates for your Business Plan
    Browse the template gallery, which contains real business plans and financial & accounting statements created by SCORE.
  • Business Plans - History  
    Archives, collects, and preserves business plans and related planning documents from the Birth of the Dot Com Era so that future generations will be able to learn from this remarkable episode in the history of technology and entrepreneurship.

Small Business - Performance and Outlook



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