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Business Planning

Success is in your future. Helpful small business development resources for San Diego and Los Angeles County entrepreneurs.

Whether you are starting, growing or exiting a business, we can help.

Statewide Resources

Apply For An EIN (Employer Identification Number): Use this online IRS application to obtain your EIN quickly and conveniently.

Fictitious Business Name Filing And Publishing: Get professional new business registration filing and publishing services at a low price.

Form A Business Entity: Download informational materials, samples and forms available on the California Secretary of State website.

SCORE: Offers free and confidential advice to small business owners through face-to-face and online counseling.

CDC Small Business Finance: The #1 SBA 504 lender in the nation and a trusted partner.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): An independent agency of the federal government created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

San Diego Resources

Search Fictitious Business Name (FBN): Search by business name, owner name or file number through the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk website.

Small Business Development And International Trade Center (SBDITC): Provides a variety of services to small business owners in San Diego and Imperial counties who want to expand their operations profitably either domestically or internationally.

California Southern Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC): A nonprofit, public benefit corporation that contracts with the State of California, Trade and Commerce Agency, Office of Small Business to administer the state's Loan Guarantee Program, primarily servicing San Diego and Imperial counties.

San Diego Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): Provides financing, technical assistance and training for local community development projects.

ACCION: A nonprofit organization that provides small loans and business support services to low-to-moderate income small business owners in Southern California

South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC): A nonprofit organization comprised of South San Diego County business/community leaders focused on encouraging private investment, promoting diversified residential and overall business development and publicizing the cultural, educational, social and geographical opportunities of the area

Los Angeles Resources

Search Fictitious Business Name (FBN): Search by business name, owner name, or file number through the County of Los Angeles website. 

America's SBCD California - Los Angeles Network: Provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with confidential, no-cost, one-on-one advising, expert training and a wide business network. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) - Los Angeles: Delivers millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): Provides financing, technical assistance and training for local community development projects.

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC): A private, non-profit 501c3, that provides free business assistance and attraction programs, economic research and analysis, real estate advisory services, trade and investment assistance, public policy analysis and support to small businesses in Los Angeles County.