U.S. Small Business Administration – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides aid, counsel, assistance and protects the interests of small business concerns in order to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy—information clearinghouse for starting and running a business in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder—information on applying for a Fictitious Business Name Statement (DBA)
State Board of Equalization–Information on obtaining a seller’s permit
Internal Revenue Service—Legal and tax considerations
Contract Procurement and Certification
L.A. Business Assistance Virtual Network–contracting opportunities with the City
Central Contractor Registry—apply for a DUNS number
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center – Los Angeles, is operated by the University of Southern California (USC) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
Starting & Running a Nonprofit Organization
Public Counsel Law Center—assistance with incorporating a non-profit organization, insurance and risk management references and legal advice.
Center for Non-Profit Management—provides training, resources and consulting for the purpose of developing and maintaining a successful nonprofit organization.
Advice & Support
SCORE—Small business mentoring and training partner of the SBA
Inc.—magazine devoted to small businesses
Entrepreneur—magazine devoted to small business
Community Financial Resource Center—offers various loans and financial planning resources
Networking and Associations
Latino Business Chamber of Greater LA
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Women Business Owners