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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.
  • OpenCounter™ online business portal
    Use the City’s new, award-winning online portal to help start and expand a business. Submit inquiries before your sign a lease and get a permit. Identify sites, start tenant improvements and more.
  • Industry incentives
    The City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department outlines several of the industry incentives that can help businesses locate here, expand and thrive. The Economic Development Department can assist qualifying businesses with permits, due diligence and applications for the Partial Sales Tax Exemption program, California Competes Tax Credit and the Business Cooperation Program, among others.
  • 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.