Start Your Business

Starting a buisiness? Careful planning is key to the success of any new enterprise. Listed below are 10 essential steps for business startups along with available local resources to guide you through each step. For even more information check out our complete Business Resource Guide.

Step 1: Writing the Business Plan

IE Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

IE Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)
IE Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE)
IE Womens Business Center (IEWBC)
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Step 3: Finance Your Business

IE Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)
AmPac TriState CDC
CDC Small Business Finance Corporation
US Small Business Association (SBA)

Step 4: Choose a Location for your Business

City of Riverside Office of Economic Development
Doing Business in Riverside

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of your Business

IE Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)
US Small Business Association (SBA)

Step 6: Register a Business Name

IE Small Business Development Center (ESBDC)
US Small Business Association (SBA)
California Governors Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number

California Governors Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) San Bernardino Field Office

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

California Governors Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Doing Business in Riverside

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

US Small Business Association (SBA)
California Governors Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Doing Business in Riverside

Step 10: Know Your Responsibilites as an Employer

US Small Business Association (SBA)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
California Governors Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Riverside County Workforce Development Center