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Starting A Business & Business Law

Business Law Resources
business_lawAs a small business owner, you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that apply to large corporations. These resources can help you understand which requirements do apply to your business.

Advertising & Marketing Law
Learn the basic rules when it comes to advertising, labeling and marketing your products or services.

Employment & Labor Law
Law Hiring your first employee or building your business team requires you to comply with a special area of law. This guide will help ensure your small business follows employment and labor laws. Finance Law Learn about the financial laws that protect businesses, investors and customers and how you can comply.

Finance Law
Learn about the financial laws that protect businesses, investors and customers and how you can comply.

Intellectual Property Law
Learn how intellectual property law can protect your business interests and find out how to register a trademark or service mark, file a patent or copyright your work.

Online Business Law
Whether selling on eBay, or operating an e-commerce site, there are several laws that you must comply with such as how and when to collect sales tax. Learn more about laws for online businesses.

Privacy Law
Learn how intellectual property law can protect your business interests and find out how to register a trademark or service mark, file a patent or copyright your work.

Environmental Regulations 
Laws
to protect the environment could impact your small business. Refer to this guide to find out how to comply with environmental laws.

Regulation of Financial Contracts
If you are conducting business transactions outside of your state, you need to comply with the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Learn more about UCC requirements.

Workplace Safety & Health Law
Learn more about a variety of tools, guides and training materials that can help you comply with occupational safety and health laws.

Foreign Workers & Employee Eligibility
Be sure to understand all laws and regulations about employee eligibility as you prepare to hire employees. IC 
Contact a Government Agency Need help determining which laws your small business must comply with? These resources can help

Contract a Government Agency
Need help determining which laws your small business must comply with? These resources can help

Steps to Starting A Business

Step 1 – Write A Business Plan
It is helpful to begin with a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint of every aspect of your business. Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and Location are just some of the categories to consider when creating a plan. Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration website to find a tutorial on how to create a business plan.

Step 2 – Choose A Business Structure
Select a business entity type from the following list for a brief overview of the principal types of legal business structures available in California. Private legal and tax advisors should be consulted before making a determination as to the type of business entity to form. 


Step 3 – Choose Your Business Name
Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government. Your business name will frame its identity. There are many factors to choosing your business name. Here are some tips to help you get started with choosing your business name.

Register Your Name
After you have selected a name for your business, you will need to register it to comply with the law. Learn more about how to register your business name.


Next Publish Your Name

Within thirty days from the date of filing, the registrant shall start publishing the statement in a newspaper of general circulation (FBN Statement Information), in the county in which the principal place of business is located, once per week for four successive weeks. Within 30 days of the completion of the publication an affidavit shall be filed with the Stanislaus County Clerk. A renewal statement need not be re-published if there is no change from the previous application.

Step 4 – Apply & File Employer Identification Number
Your next step will be to apply for and file your tax and employer identification documents. An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, and now you may apply online. This is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service. You must check with your state to make sure you need a state number or charter.

Step 5 – Apply & File Local, State and Federal Licenses & Permits
In order to operate your business, you must comply with a wide range of local, state and federal rules. The resource links below can help you navigate through this process. You can simply enter your zip code and select your business type to determine which licenses and permits apply to your small business along with links to web pages, application forms and instructions.

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