BUSINESS BASICS FOR The NEW BUSINESS OWNER
PREPARING A BUSINESS PLAN The first step in any business venture is to prepare a comprehensive business plan. There are several local agencies that can assist you. They are listed on page 19. Bookstores and Public Libraries also have many available resources to help you with marketing, bookkeeping and to find financing.
PLANNING/ZONING & SIGN APPROVALS Inquire about City zoning requirements for your
Zoning/Planning approval will always be required prior to
information about Zoning and Signs, contact the Planning Division at (310)
HEALTH PERMITS In addition to obtaining a Business License, you must also comply with all City, County and State regulations for health and safety. See directory on pages 14 through 17.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME / DOING BUSINESS AS (FBN/DBA) Anyone using a fictitious business name (also referred to as a DBA or "doing business as") must record the name with the County Clerk. Local newspapers will also handle this filing for you. This is a separate legal requirement; it is not a business license.
OWNERSHIP TYPES Business ownership is classified into entities (legal business structures):
one of Sole
the following types of ownership Proprietor, Partnership, Limited
Partnership, Limited type of organization
Liability Company, or Corporation. To determine which best suits your business needs, please consult a legal or
Franchise Tax Board Small Business
also available through Assistance Center.