Start Your Business in L.A.

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Whether you are starting your first online business, chasing the next big thing, or finally acting on your dream, our Business Startup Organizer can help you to get your business off the ground in Los Angeles. This new tool will assist you in exploring all of your options and keeping track of your progress as you start your new business.

 

New Business Tax Holiday  The New Business Tax Holiday exempts any new business from paying City of Los Angeles business taxes during its first three years of operation. Click here for more information on this valuable incentive for new LA businesses.

 

 

Visit our Office of Small Business or contact us for more information. Don't want to try our Business Startup Organizer? The following guide can also help you to start your business in LA.

10 Key steps To Start a Business in LA

  • Step 1 : Get the Basic Info
    • Starting a business is a major commitment. To get you started, we provide some useful tools and resources.
  • Step 2 : Create a Business Plan
    • One of the most important steps in starting a business is creating a business plan.
  • Step 3 : Register Your Business
    • Most new businesses require tax and employer identification documents.
  • Step 4 : Obtain Additional Permits and Licenses
    • Depending on the type of business activity you are engaged in, your business will most likely require some permits.
  • Step 5 : Find Business Incentive Zones
    • The location of your business can make available a number of incentives provided by the city, state, and federal government.
  • Step 6 : Find Real Estate
    • The City of Los Angeles can help you find property within city limits or buy or lease publicly-owned property.
  • Step 7 : Assess Business Incentives
    • New and existing businesses located in the City of LA can access a number of business and tax incentives to help grow their business.
  • Step 8 : Find Start-Up Financing
    • A number of different lenders in Los Angeles help small-businesses get started.
  • Step 9 : Assess Employment Needs
    • When you are ready to expand your company and hire employees, you can find qualified job-seekers through one of our job-training centers.
  • Step 10 : Find Business Assistance Programs
    • While you may want to seek out additional legal, financial, and accounting advisers, here are several free services available to you as a small business owner.