Resources

Our list of the essential legal resources every small business and startup in California should have. Great information to start and grow your business.

Planning Your Business

California Requirements For Forming Your Business

California Permits for Your Business

  • CalGOLD. Helps you determine what business permits, licenses and registration requirements are required for your business.
  • California Seller’s Permit. You can read about why you might need a California seller’s permit here. If you do need a California seller’s permit, you can obtain a permit here.
  • California Resale Certificate. Information on why a business might need a California resale certificate can be found here. A form resale certificate can be found here.

SF Requirements For Registering Your Business

  • San Francisco Business Registration Certificate. All businesses in San Francisco must complete an application to obtain a San Francisco Business Registration Certificate within 15 days.
  • San Francisco Fictitious Business Name Statement. If you will conduct business in San Francisco under a name other than your full legal name, the full legal name of a legal entity (such as a corporation), or any name that suggests additional owners, you must file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the San Francisco County Clerk. Frequently asked questions about San Francisco Fictitious Business Name Statements can be found here.
  • License 123. License 123 is a free online tool that helps businesses navigate San Francisco’s permitting and licensing requirements.

California Tax Obligations For Your Business.

Federal Tax Obligations For Your Business.

  • EIN. The online application to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) can be accessed here.

ADA Compliance.

  • The San Francisco Office Of Small Business has some resources available here on ways to bring your business into compliance and to mitigate your risk of a lawsuit.

Financing Resources.

Converting Your California Company.

  • The California Secretary of State Office’s guide to convert from one type of entity to a different type of entity.

Obligations for Dissolving Your California Businesses.