Santa Cruz SBDCAptos, CA

Small Business Resources

Santa Cruz County Online Resources:

 

General Online Information:

 

How-to Online Information:

  • OpenCounter Start your business in Santa Cruz, CA
  • SBA.gov has business planning samples and processes online, as well as webinars
  • Business Plan Outline from the Small Business Administration
  • Bplans.com is the definitive destination for business planning information on the web. Find, view, download and edit sample business plans optimized for the Web

 

Business Licenses, Permits and Regulations:

Home-based businesses operating in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties do not require a business license. However, because each county has different requirements and zoning regulations, be sure to check with us.

License and Permit Information for Santa Cruz County (pdf file)

City of Santa Cruz: Licenses and Permits for Businesses and Business License Tax

 

Financing a Business:

We work closely with local lenders and have information on the various loans available, including:

  • All SBA Loan Programs
  • Micro-loans for start-up and existing businesses
  • Agricultural loans
  • Export financing

Read:    How To Qualify For A Loan     Opportunity Funds For Client Loans

 

Non-Profit Startup Resources:

  • You can hire an attorney or paralegal to help

Call the Santa Cruz Bar Association for a referral at (831) 425-4755 or online at www.santacruzbar.org/

  • Do it yourself:

 http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/nonprofits 
They have a great book listed on this webpage that will walk you through the incorporation process and the forms you need to submit to the state and IRS.http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/nonprofit-corporation
 
Cabrillo College Extension: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/sbdc.html#nonprofit.  

 

Additional resources:

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