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Starting a Business

As you embark on this exciting and daunting adventure, it helps to know that experienced consultants are available to catch potential pitfalls before they become costly errors. Many of these services are free or very low cost.

You may find further help on the Entrepreneurs, Financing, International Trade, Marketing, Permitting and Licensing pages. Congratulations and good luck!

Getting Started – Business Plan and Corporate Structure

Personal consultants, workshops, reference materials and templates are available locally to help you develop your business idea, determine the appropriate structure for your new company, establish financial estimates and projections, conduct market research, forecast sales, and explore international markets. Additional online resources can support your early planning.

>> Small Business Development Center
Starting a business, preparing a business plan, consultation and seminars
>> SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business
Starting a business, preparing a business plan, consultation and workshops
>> Small Business Administration  
Business start-up kit, online courses
>> California Business Portal
Business start-up guide, links to forms
>> California Secretary of State Business Portal
Corporate structure, forms

Business Licenses and Permits

Depending on what you sell and where your business is located, you may need any or all of the items below. See Permitting and Licensing for contacts and complete information.

  • Business License
  • Building / Use Permit
  • Fictitious Business Name
  • Seller’s Permit
  • Employer ID Number (state and federal)
  • Trade or Service Marks (state and federal registration; not required, but protects your brand)
  • Occupational licenses (e.g. health services, cosmetology, accounting, real estate)

Business Financing

The Financing page describes financing options for traditional small businesses and fast-growth entrepreneurs.

Site Location Assistance

The economic development professionals in Butte County are an excellent resource to help you identify the most appropriate site or building.