Business Planning

Access licensing sites and business planning tools! Here are some helpful sites for obtaining business licenses & permits in your county. Provided below are tools for creating your own business plan and recommended training.

California Business Search
This search provides access to available information for corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships of record with the California Secretary of State, including free uncertified PDF copies of the most recent Statements of Information filed for corporations and limited liability companies, if the statements have been imaged.

SBA Online Training
A resource of SBA training courses in the areas of financing, government contracting, starting a business, managing a business, and marketing,

Licenses and Permits
This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer and issue these permits.

 Professional Licenses


Department of Consumer Affairs Licenses – BreEZe

BreEZe is the new online licensing and enforcement system for the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). BreEZe allows licensees and license applicants to do business with DCA electronically, and allows greater access for consumers to interact with DCA.

Business Licenses and Permits


A resource for obtaining a business license in Orange County.

A resource for obtaining a business license in San Bernardino.

A resource for obtaining a business license  Riverside.

Environmental Health Retail Food – Orange County
For food related permits, the following resources are available to business owners. Review the permit process to ensure the food sold at your business is safe, wholesome, properly labeled, and produced under sanitary conditions visit Environmental Health Retail Food (http://ocfoodinfo.com/overview) page for more information.

Fictitious Business Name
A Fictitious Business Name is the name under which someone does business. A Fictitious Business name or DBA (Doing Business As license) can be obtained through the County of Orange Recorder’s Office.

San Bernardino

Orange County

Riverside County

CalGold Business Permits
This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits.

California Secretary of State Business Entities
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 California Secretary of State Business Entities site has helpful information to assist you.

Downloadable Tools

Business Lease Checklist

A great checklist for any small business owner or entrepreneur outlining consideration before signing a …

Business Plan Outline

A simple outline that you can utilize to complete a rough draft of your business …

Business Plan Guide

A more detailed guide that you can utilize to complete a concrete business plan.

Business Plan Resource Websites

A list of proven websites that provide information and statistics that you can use in …

Legal Structures of Business

This document outlines the various types of corporate structure for businesses and their respective requirements.

Selling a Business

A document outlining what to consider before selling a business.

Business Valuation Methods

The process of business valuation takes into account many variables and requires a number of …