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


Networking and Associations

 Latino Business Chamber of Greater LA


 Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce


 National Association of Women Business Owners


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