Santa Cruz County Online Resources:
- License and Permit Information for Santa Cruz County
- Start Up Guide by the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center
- City of Santa Cruz: Licenses and Permits for Business and Business License Tax
- City of Santa Cruz has launched Business Roadmap to Help Entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz when opening a new venture.
- City of Santa Cruz: Freelance/Consultant Guide
- SCORE Santa Cruz County SCORE is a group of entrepreneurs with a lifetime of real world experience to share. They have helped hundreds of small business owners. Free and confidential.
General Online Information:
- Starting a Business - from the SBA website
- Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Business - from the SBA website
- California State Resources for Businesses
- California State Board of Equalization
- Small Business/Self-Employed website
- Business Opportunities Handbook
- SmartBiz Website
- Franchise Opportunities Online
- Template for Startup/Expansion Financials (xls file)
- California Health Coverage Guide
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.
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
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:
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.
- Compass Point: They are a national nonprofit leadership and strategy practice based in Oakland,
- Setting up a 501(c)3
- Grow Santa Cruz: Flexible Term Loan Financing for City of Santa Cruz Businesses. The City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency and the National Development Council (NDC) have established and capitalized Grow Santa Cruz to assist eligible small businesses within the city of Santa Cruz to obtain the financing from $50K to $300K for working capital, equipment, construction, land or buildings.