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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.


Current Business Owner

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.

California Competes Tax Credits

New Employment Tax Credit

Manufacturers Sales Tax Exemption

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.

Refer to the Secretary of State's Starting a Business Checklist for an overview of how to start your business in California.

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.

Additional Resources