Business Resources at Your Fingertip
If you want to do business in Santa Monica, there are certain steps you must take. The good news is that thriving businesses in the city include entrepreneurial start-ups and corporations. From retailers to hospitals, Santa Monica has it all. There are four business districts: The Bayside Business Owners, Montana Association, Main Street Association and Pico Boulevard Association. In addition, the City works in association with two non-profit corporations, the Bayside District Corporation and the Pier Restoration Corporation.
Chamber of Commerce
The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business' interest on issues affecting the community. Special committees and task forces of the Chamber address common interests of Chamber members, including legislative, environmental, and legal issues. The Chamber also sponsors the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), whose volunteers provide business counseling at no charge.
Small Businesses Get Big BoostsThe Santa Monica College Small Business Development Center (310-434-3566) is part of a 38-center network throughout California. They offer an array of services, from assisting with small business start-up to promoting minority and women-owned businesses. On the topic of bucks for small businesses, The California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program guarantees loans up to a maximum amount of $500,000. Contact the Pacific Coast Regional Development Corporation (213-739-2999) or the Hancock Urban Development Corporation (213-382-4300) for more information.
Keeping it Clean
For incorporation information, contact the Corporate Division of the Secretary of State, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. For limited partnerships, contact the Limited Partnerships Division, Secretary of State, 923 12th Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Fictitious business names are filed with the Los Angeles County Clerk. (562) 462-2177
For patents and copyrights, get "General Information Concerning Patents" from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402. Copyright information can be obtained by calling (202) 707-3000. Trademarks and service marks may be registered with the Secretary of State.
If you're seeking funding and have operated a business for five years or more, call the Hancock Urban Development Corporation at (213) 382-4300, or Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Center at (213) 739-2999.
Small and minority businesses may receive preferred benefits by registering with the State Office of Small and Minority Business, Department of General Services. Ask for their free publication, A Guide to State Contracting. Call the California Attorney General's office at (916) 322-3360 for questions about bids for minorities, women and disabled persons.
For questions about sales taxes and sellers permits,
call the Board of Equalization at (800) 400-7115. To form a domestic business
corporation in California, submit articles of incorporation to the Secretary of
State's Office (213) 897-3062.
If you are planning to operate a business under a name other then your own, you need to file a "Fictitious Business Name Statement." Forms are available at the County Registrar-Recorders Office (800) 815-2666.
A great deal of work goes into starting and maintaining a business, but taking a step-by-step approach will get your doors open faster and make your business strong. Don't go it alone!