Helpful Business Resources

The following websites offer valuable information that may be helpful in your business endeavors.

  • 10 Key Steps to Starting a Business
    Key steps to starting a business in the City of San Diego.
  • San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone (SDREZ)
    Are you in the Zone? Businesses located in the SDREZ may be eligible for various incentives; including tax savings, business loans, technical and financial assistance, permit expediting, and fee waivers.
  • The City of San Diego's Office of Small Business (OSB)
    Small businesses are the driving force of San Diego's economy, representing more than 60,000 businesses (approximately 92 percent of all businesses in the City) and about half of San Diego's job growth since 1991. The City of San Diego has created the only municipal Office of Small Business in California dedicated solely to helping small businesses succeed. The City also sets aside millions of dollars each year for programs to help small businesses prosper.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    SBA offers many special programs and supports many special interests. Within it's mission to assist the development and growth of small businesses, the SBA has a vast menu of focused initiatives.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    The BBB's mission is to advance market integrity through business self-regulation, assist in resolving disputes and correct abuses to serve the best interests of the consuming public and business.
  • Fictitious Business Names
    Any person who regularly transacts business for profit, under a Fictitious Name in the County of San Diego, is required to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the Recorder/County Clerk within 40 days of first transacting business.
  • Seller's Permit
    You must obtain a seller's permit if you are engaged in business in California and intend to sell or lease tangible personal property that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail.
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is required by the Internal Revenue Service for Partnerships and Corporations, regardless of employees, and for Sole Proprietorships with employees.
  • Business Opportunities
    The City's Purchasing Department provides information about doing business with the City of San Diego and specific bid and contract opportunities for commodities, construction and services.