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Open For Business

California’s 3.4 million small businesses are critical to the state’s economy. But starting and maintaining a small business can be challenging.

To that end, there are valuable resources available for those currently in business and for those looking to do business in California.

This website features local contacts, networking opportunities, and a step-by-step guide to the practicalities of starting a business.

When Small Business Thrives, California Thrives.


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Small businesses are the lifeblood of our recovering economy. In fact, those with fewer than 100 employees comprise 97% of all businesses in California, and they are responsible for employing more than 37% of all in-state workers. But navigating state regulations, accessing business loans and managing staff can be challenging for many business owners. Click on the links below for tools and information to help keep your small business thriving.

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.

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.
www.sba.gov/content/10-steps-hiring-your-first-employee

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.

Healthcare

Though California small businesses are not required to provide health insurance to their employees, Covered California gives employers more options and tools to help them offer coverage. Visit Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program to learn more.

Additional Resources

Local Resources

California Competes Tax Credits

New Employment Tax Credit

Manufacturers Sales Tax Exemption

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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

Local Resources

California Competes Tax Credits

New Employment Tax Credit

Manufacturers Sales Tax Exemption

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Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
LAEDC provides collaborative, innovative and strategic economic development leadership to promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job. They achieve this through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy. Their efforts are guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of their business, government and education members and partners.
444 South Flower St. 37th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-236-4800
www.laedc.org

U.S. Small Business Administration – Los Angeles Office
SBA offers information on small business loans, grants, bonds and other financial assistance.
330 North Brand, Suite 1200
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 552-3201
www.sbaonline.sba.gov

Los Angeles Works - Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Los Angeles Works provides resources that allow businesses to prosper and succeed in Los Angeles. They include business incentives, financial resources, permits, and hiring and employment resources.
200 North Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213)978-0781
http://www.losangelesworks.org/

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
GO-Biz serves as a one-stop resource for information on business development and services. Working through a network of local and regional economic development entities, GO-Biz can assist businesses with a range of issues from starting a business, identifying permit requirements, and reaching potential customers in foreign markets.

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
1325 J Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (877) 345-4633
www.business.ca.gov

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Are you looking to start or grow a business in California? You may be eligible for a California Competes Tax Credit.

Businesses that come to California or stay and grow in the state may be eligible for a California Competes Tax Credit through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GoBiz). Learn more here.

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Are you hiring? You may be eligible for a New Employment Tax Credit.

If you meet the specified qualifications and hire a new employee in a designated geographic area in California with high poverty and unemployment, you may be eligible for the New Employment Tax Credit (NEC). Find out if your business qualifies here.


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Does your company manufacture goods or perform research and development in the state of California? You could be eligible for a partial sales tax exemption on equipment purchased for your business.

A new law allows manufacturers to obtain a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases. You must meet certain qualifications to be eligible for the sales tax exemption. Find out if you are eligible here.