The EDC Business Start-up Guide offers step by step guidance for business start-up and individuals curious about the requirements of business ownership.
ReferenceUSA and First Research are searchable databases that contain economic industry profiles and directory information of US businesses and households. Check online or the reference librarian at your local branch for access to both.
Conduct trademark searches through the US Patent and Trademark Office's searchable database (TESS)
Be sure to write a business plan before you begin! The SBA provides a guide to write a plan quickly and efficiently with business plan templates.
Financial planning and cashflow management spreadsheets (Excel) form are available through the EDC Loan program.
The California Governer's Office of Business and Economic Development offers comprehensive permit and regulatory compliance assistance to all businesses in California, helping business owners identify the permits needed to start a new business or expand an existing one.
The California Tax Service Center works to provide one-stop tax help through taxpayer resources and educational programs.
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is the governing body that manages sales and use tax in addition to issuing seller's permits. Check their website for free sales and use tax seminars offered quarterly to answer tax questions related tor your business.