Small Business Resources

Small businesses (1-99 employees) play an essential role in California’s regional economies and industry clusters, generating an annual payroll of $189 billion in 2010. Definitions of small businesses often vary by program and industry. At times small businesses are defined by the number of employees and in other cases are defined by gross receipts and/or other financial data.

As your Assemblyman, I am here to listen and carefully watch all legislation that could have an impact on small businesses. On this page you will find many of the resources that our district and state have to offer for small businesses.

California's economic recovery will in large part depend on what we do to support our small businesses. Currently, the Legislature is working hard to enact sensible and responsible measures that will help our small businesses continue to thrive.

Business Resources:

Starting a Business

When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and many rules 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.

Step 1

It is helpful to begin with a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint of every aspect of your business. Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and Location are just some of the categories to consider when creating a plan. Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration website to find a tutorial on how to create a business plan.

Step 2

If you would like help deciding on a location for your business, contact the California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) unit of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. CalBIS provides tailored site selection services for businesses, real–estate executives, and site selection consultants.

Step 3

Choose a business structure. Select a business entity type from the following list for a brief overview of the principal types of legal business structures available in California. Private legal and tax advisors should be consulted before making a determination as to the type of business entity to form.

Step 4

Your next step will be to file your tax and employer identification documents.

Step 5

Most businesses require licenses or permits in order to operate. Please click on each of the resources below to determine if your business requires any licenses or permits.

Guidebook – "Small Business Access to Capitol"

  • "Small Business Access to Capital"
    A guidebook prepared by the California Financial Opportunities Roundtable (CalFOR) This guidebook, released in August 2012, is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone seeking capital, ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to policy-makers and financial institutions. Access to Capital provides straightforward descriptions of the tools and programs available to access capital, along with specific examples of how they have been utilized and links to websites for in-depth information. The Assembly Committee on Jobs is a proud contributor to CalFOR's efforts to support a strong California economy.
  • Fast Facts on California Small Business

State and Federal Resources

Tax-Related Resources