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Resources for Small Businesses in California

Community Colleges offer the small business entrepreneurs numerous courses specifically geared toward their interests on such diverse subjects as bookkeeping, business planning, marketing, and establishing business relationships with minorities. The small business owner can also conveniently take these courses as correspondence courses or through public access television.

Chambers of Commerce offer small businesses a way to build broad-based business support by providing networking, community activities, and economic development. The local Chamber of Commerce in your community may also provide opportunities to participate in business workshops and seminars.

Libraries are a useful source of information. Besides the traditional resources, they also may provide access to computers you can use for everything from performing on-line research to word processing. Some libraries have individuals available to assist the business owner with one-on-one counseling.

Internet access provides the small business owner with the ability to locate useful sites that specifically pertain to their business interests. For instance, a search of "wineries" will locate publications, agencies, and videotapes on the topic of wineries.

Small Business Development Centers

Phone: (714) 564-5205

Welcome to California Business

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide opportunities for success to existing and new business owners. The program creates partners with businesses by offering one-on-one consulting, training, workshops, referrals, and other resources to improve the bottom line and create organizational efficiency.

Formally established in 1988, the SBDC program works to spur expansion and development of California small businesses. With 48 full-time and 60 part-time offices, SBDC offers business assistance in all 58 counties in California.

Are the SBDC services free?

Yes, one-on-one consulting and access to the libraries are free. Fees are nominal for workshops, seminars, and small business conferences.

SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business

Phone: (714) 550-7369

Counselors to America’s Small Business

Throughout the U.S. and its territories, 12,400 volunteer members provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise to provide confidential business counseling, and mentoring.

Are the SCORE Services Free?
Yes, counseling services are free! Local SCORE chapters also sponsor workshops and seminars that range from no cost to $75.

Tax Information

State Sales and Use Tax, Special Taxes, and Property Taxes -
Board of Equalization
State Payroll Tax - (800) 400-7115

Employment Development Department
State Income Tax - (888) 745-3886

Franchise Tax Board
Federal Income and Payroll Taxes - (800) 852-5711

Internal Revenue Service
(800) 829-1040