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Steps to starting a new business

Do you plan on starting your business in California? Take a look at the linked step-by-step guide for starting a California based business.

Permit, license & registration requirements by business type

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of permits you need to register for before opening your doors? The linked website allows you to create a comprehensive list of all the potential governmental permit, license and registration requirements to start your new business (customized by your business type for your county and city.)

Obtain a federal Employer Identification Number

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number and is used to identify your business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN to open a bank account and to file taxes. Review the linked website to get EIN application directions.

Register your fictitious business name with Orange County

Click on the link to learn how to register a “doing business as” (dba) name. Read about the rules concerning dba names that are not the same as the surname of the owner, or any general partner. The website also states what to do if your dba name suggests the existence of additional owners. Also, learn how to establish a dba for your corporation if it is a name not stated in the Articles of Incorporation.

Obtain a California State seller's permit

California state law requires business owners to obtain a seller's permit if they are engaged in business in California and intend to sell or lease tangible personal property that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail. This also covers sales for a temporary period, normally lasting no longer than 30 days at one or more locations (e.g. Christmas tree lots, garage sale). Click on the link to learn more.

State of California business tax information

Click on the link to obtain Information on filing requirements, assistance and tax forms.

Filing a corporation, LLC or partnership with State of California

Click on the link to learn about California filing requirements, name availability, status requests, copies/certificates of filings and related information.

Small business guides

Check out the linked catalog of concise online information designed to help you manage many different aspects of your business.