Start Your Business

There's a lot of ground to cover when starting a business that's both exciting and challenging. Between legal processes, market trends and demographics, space and finding the right staff, it's a big undertaking.  We can help. Our staff can work with you one-on-one to help you navigate the challenges and providing resources to get you on your way. 


Small business development center (sbdc)

When starting a business, the SBDC is a recommended resource for everything from business plan development and start-up basics to procurement and contracting opportunities, regulatory compliance, money management and manufacturing assistance. Find access to one-on-one counseling, workshops, classes and access to capital programs like GO-Biz Capital Infusion Program. Most of their programs and services are no to low cost.


Business license - city of benicia

The City of Benicia requires that you obtain a license when you conduct any business activity within the City, even if your business is located outside of city limits or if you have a business license from another city. 

Businesses that are based in the City must also have a business license. This includes home based businesses, building contractors, independent contractors, and non-profit businesses.  For more information, please visit the City of Benicia's website

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California Business portal

An outstanding resource to get your business started. From an easy to use "navigator" to find the information you need to financial assistance, state permitting information and California tax help. They even offer Quick Start Guides which are short in length and long on knowledge for starting, growing and expanding specific types of businesses in the State of California.