California Business Resources

In California, what other agencies will a business entity need to contact to ensure proper compliance? The following is a list of business resources and of agencies for your reference. In addition, I have included several links to websites that may assist you in your business endeavors.

The California Department of Corporations is responsible for the regulation of securities, franchises, off-exchange commodities, investment and financial services, independent escrows, consumer and commercial finance lending, and residential mortgage lending.

The California Department of Justice, Registry of Charitable Trusts has information relating to charitable trusts and public benefit corporations.

The California Department of Financial Institutions provides information relating to credit unions, industrial loan companies, banks, savings and loan associations or savings banks.

The California Employment Development Department provides information relating to unemployment insurance, disability insurance and employment tax.

The California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation provides information relating to worker’s compensation requirements.

The California Department of Insurance has information relating to requirements for insurance companies, agents and brokers.

The State Bar of California Office of Certification provides information relating to registration of law corporations and limited liability partnerships.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has information relating to licensing requirements at the state level for specific business entities.

The California Tax Information Center has information relating to income, payroll, sales and use tax for businesses.

The California Business Investment Services provides tailored site selection and investment counseling services for businesses, real-estate executives, and site selection consultants considering California for new business investment and expansion.

The California Chambers of Commerce provides links to the websites of California Chambers of Commerce.

The California Small Business Fairs offers free seminars for small business owners sponsored by several tax agencies to assist with the tax aspects of a business.

The California State Association of Counties has information relating to city/county business licenses, fictitious business name requirements, zoning, building permits, etc., dependent on business entity activities.

CalGOLD provides detailed information on the business permit, license and registration requirements from all levels of government.

The Small Business Administration provides information regarding starting and managing small businesses.

The U.S. Customs has information regarding importing and exporting issues related to the U.S. Customs Service.

The U.S. Department of Commerce promotes American businesses, keeps a vast array of economic statistics, conducts the census, issues patents and trademarks, sets industrial standards.

The U.S. Business Advisor has information and services provided by the government for the business community.