County of San Mateo
County Clerk, Hall of Justice & Records
555 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 363-4712
A fictitious business name statement must be filed by anyone operating a California business under a name other than his own. The business owner must file then publish the business name in a newspaper and file proof with the county. To determine if someone else is already using a business name, phone the Secretary of State's office of Corporate Status, (916) 654-7960.
For any business that handles food, a permit from the office of Environmental Health in Redwood City (650-363-4304) must be obtained. Following the acquisition of business property, a business owner will automatically receive a bill for any real property taxes due.
Canada College Small Business Development Resource Center
900 Main Redwood City CA 94063
Center for International Trade Development
Federal Small Business Administration (SBA)
455 Market Street; 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
U.S. Customs Information
Department of Industrial Relations
1065 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Suite 110
San Mateo, CA 94404
Information is available on California's Office of Safety and Health Admini- stration regulations to prevent injuries and unhealthy working conditions.
Employment Development Dept.
550 Quarry Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
Any business with employees must register with this office and withhold state unemployment and income taxes. An application filed with the Board of Equalization may constitute registration.
Department of Consumer Affairs
400 R Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-1254 or 1-800-344-9940
The State of California has licensing requirements for more than 100 professions and types of businesses. The California License Handbook is available by writing to the Department of Economic and Business Development, 1120 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Corporate Filing Office
1500 Eleventh Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Articles of incorporation must be filed at this office to be on file with the Secretary of State.
Internal Revenue Service
1900 S. Norfolk Street
San Mateo, CA 94403
Any corporation or partnership must fill out a Form SS-4 and secure a federal employer identification number. The Employers Tax Guide stating withholding requirements for employers is available.
Better Business Bureau of San Mateo County
570 Broadway Suite 200
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 552-9222 FAX: (650) 652-1748
FREE Personalized Business Management Consulting
Every 4th Friday of the month from 1:30 - 4:30pm SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) counselors can offer individual advice and guidance concerning the formation, management, financing and operation of your business. Counseling is provided at no charge to qualified businesses.
For a "Request for Counseling" form and appointment go to www.sf.norcalsbdc.org.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Every Monday morning the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce offers one hour free business counseling and advice service. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is the premiere business assistance in the United States. By appointment only, please call the Chamber at (650) 401-2440 to schedule an appointment.