SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.
Business name and registration
Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.
Business licensing and zoning
Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.
CalGold - Business license and permit database.
This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits.
IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers
880 Front St.
San Diego, CA 92101
1 Civic Center Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92069
CDTFA - CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration
15015 Avenue of Science, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92128-3434
1550 West Main Street (Closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
El Centro, CA 92243-2832
PO Box 197
El Centro, CA 92244-0197
Health and safety
Cal/OSHA - Division of Occupational Safety and Health
7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92108
Food | Imperial County Public Health Department (icphd.org)
797 Main St., suite B,
El Centro, CA 92243
State small business profiles
Need information on the local business landscape? SBA's Office of Advocacy has the latest demographic and statistics on local small business economic activity.
SBA lending in our area
Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
Download a list of participating lenders in our area.
Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.
Additional local resources
Download our guide to SBA resources
Learn about the opportunities available for small businesses nationwide.