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Starting a Business in California


This document provides a very broad-brush overview of the many important factors you should consider when starting a business in California. It covers a wide range of useful topics, including trademarks, business structure, legal requirements, and the importance of having a solid business plan. Our hope is that you will use this document as a roadmap and valuable resource as you navigate the often overwhelming process of starting a business.

As you read, you may find it helpful to refer to Starting a Business Checklist, a helpful guide posted by the office of the Secretary of State of California.

Table of Contents

  1. Preliminary Steps
  2. Formalizing the Legal Structure
  3. Licenses, Permits, and Registrations
  4. Miscellaneous