Starting a Business in California: Steps, Guide and Grants and Finance

When thinking of starting a business in California, this isn’t just about taking a leap of faith, or taking the risk. In order to protect investments and capitals, it is best to learn first about what it takes to start a business and to eventually run it.

There are many opportunities in California, especially when thinking of starting a business.

All it takes is a creative mind, a financial support system, and the will to carry out the plan to the end.

Steps and Guide to Start a Business in California

  • It is important to research and plan the business the interested individual or party wants to start. There are many tools that can help plan a business.
  • Be ready to listen to expert advices or attend business training. Certain local communities offer free training and counseling regarding starting a business.
  • Next is to try and select a location.
    The location can make or break a business. Also try and learn about certain zoning laws that need to be complied.
  • Financing a business is the next important step to starting a business. If the individual has no ready sources to finance a business there are ways to get financial help.
  • Individuals might approach the local government for loans, venture capital and grants to help start a business.
  • A business name is also an important part of starting a business. There are laws and regulations regarding selecting a name for the business. The chosen name will then be registered with the California Secretary of State.
  • The next step is to determine the legal structure of the business. This means selecting whether the business is a corporation, non-profit, limited liability company or partnership. The structure will then have to be registered with the state of California.
  • The business owner would also need to get an Employer Identification Number or EIN which is used to identify a business entity. This can be obtained from the US Internal Revenue Service.
  • Once an EIN is obtained, the business owner must register for State Taxes.
  • Before operating a business, it is important to obtain the proper business licenses and permits first.
  • Lastly, try and attend a seminar on Employer Responsibilities especially for first time employers.

Finance and Grants for (Women and Others) Starting A Business In California

  • Men or Women who are interested in starting a business can also ask for grants from government, private bodies or banks.
  • There are many ways to get grants to start a small business in California.
  • Requesting for a grant begins with a grant letter or proposal.
  • The proposal is similar to a business plan. It states and enumerates the functions of the business, the services and products it offers, the company’s mission and objective, its targeted market, and financial requirements.
  • In reality, grants are hard to come by and are usually offered to business with a purpose for research, continuing education, or technological development.
  • Women and other interested individuals can approach the Small Business Association or SBA for an updated list of agencies offering grants and loans.
  • The SBA can also help with tips and reliable information to help in obtaining grants.

4 thoughts on “Starting a Business in California: Steps, Guide and Grants and Finance

  1. N C Reply

    Hi, I have experience working as a software professional and later as a Business Consultant for 5 yrs,, Currently I am planning to start my own firm in California with a business partner and going through your comment I realized that you guys have a strong presence and regarding infrastructure, manpower and investment is not a problem, All I want to know is the business plan and what are you into selling a software product(Which type of industry) or in the service sector.


  2. D J Reply

    I Want to start a business in CA.. have the got an extra house & I want to use that for my own business. I want to start business form the small scale to the big scale ….Every 1 is suggesting me some business like screen printing or teaching or food chain etc.but I am confused & am not getting the people related to it… my age is 28…I want to start and set up my business as soon as possible. Even I am ready to invest in small amount but not getting idea.. So as per your knowledge help to start some business which I can handle and learn from it.
    Thanking you

  3. R S Reply

    hi,,, my name is Bradley and I am ICWAI where all my friends are interested in finding a good job. I have made up my mind to start my own venture.. I have 18 months experience where I used to prepare cost sheets…
    I m interested in cotton manufacturing business… but don’t know how to start or say the basics of starting a business… also tell me about the financial help that I can get…

  4. N T Reply


    Can you advice on opening a new business, which associated with food industry, milk products, Bakery products or farm product ware housing?
    Also provide me name of some related websites where I can get detail information about it.

    Thank you.

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