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3 Helpful Resources for California entrepreneurs

by Guest Author 24 October 2017 10:44

Fed up with crazy hours, unreasonable bosses, or abysmal salaries? Have a great idea for a new business but aren't sure how to get it off the ground? Starting a business in Northern California isn't as complicated as you might think. In fact, the core steps are very straightforward. It is vital, however, that you do it properly.

Unless they're professionals, getting advice for starting a business from your neighbor's best friend's gardener or your long lost auntie from New York is not the right way to go. You need solid information you can count on -- not just an encouraging pat on the back and a suggestion to to immediately quit your day job.

Federal Resources

The Small Business Administration is the best place to start when you're in need of solid, up-to-date business guidance. For nearly 65 years, the SBA has pursued a mission to deliver loans, contracts, and counseling to America's small business community. Established in 1953, the SBA describes its primary functions as:

  • Providing capital for established businesses and start ups
  • Education, training, and technical assistance to facilitate entrepreneurial development
  • Small business advocacy

State Resources

Your next stop for gathering reliable information on starting a business is California's Secretary of State's website. California's SOS's website is your one-stop shop for registering and licensing your business with the state, and includes forms to complete as well as a mechanism for paying associated fees.

State resources for financing your business are just a click away at California's Business Investment Services website. California's official business portal is another invaluable resource for entrepreneurs where you will find everything from financial and permit assistance to quick start guides for expanding an existing business.

Local Resources

In addition to federal and state resources, you may also want to take advantage of local business groups such as chambers of commerce or business improvement district organizations. You will find a handy list of contact information for local chambers of commerce here at the CalChamber website's official directory listing.

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