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Steps to starting a new business

Source: sos.ca.gov
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.

sos.ca.gov


Permit, license & registration requirements by business type

Source: calgold.ca.gov
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.)

calgold.ca.gov


Obtain a federal Employer Identification Number

Source: irs.gov
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.

irs.gov


Register your fictitious business name with Orange County

Source: ocrecorder.com
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.

ocrecorder.com


Obtain a California State seller's permit

Source: boe.ca.gov
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.

boe.ca.gov


State of California business tax information

Source: ftb.ca.gov
Click on the link to obtain Information on filing requirements, assistance and tax forms.

ftb.ca.gov


Filing a corporation, LLC or partnership with State of California

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

sos.ca.gov


Small business guides

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

business.gov