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How to Start a Business

Key Steps To Beginning Your Dream

  1. Create a business plan. Research how to create a business plan at the Escondido Public Library’s Small Business Resource Center. Additional resources are available at the North San Diego Small Business Development Center. The City of Escondido’s Economic Development Department can also help you.
  2. Determine the legal structure of your business. You can contact your own accountant or attorney for assistance in this matter. The California Secretary of State website includes additional information.
  3. Obtain information on how to establish a fictitious business name from the San Diego County Clerk’s Office
  4. Select a site, determine zoning requirements and secure any special permits. Determine zoning requirements prior to signing a lease or contract by contacting the City of Escondido’s Planning Division at (760) 839-4671, or you may drop in to the City Hall Planning counter any time Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Planning office can assist with information on the status of your location if you have the proposed business address and a description of the business. They will also assist in determining which special permits are required for specific business types.
  5. Obtain a seller’s permit and resale certificate if you will be selling taxable items or provide a taxable service. Go to the California State Board of Equalization for the appropriate forms.
  6. Obtain a business license. Anyone doing business in the City of Escondido must have a business license. You will need your business address, type of business, and zoning clearance from the Planning Division. An application can be obtained at the City of Escondido’s Business License Division at 201 N. Broadway or for more information visit the Escondido Business License web page
  7. Obtain employer ID numbers, if you intend on employing staff. These numbers can be obtained by completing form SS-4 from the Internal Revenue Service. Call (800) 829-3676 or visit Businesses are also required to obtain a state identification number to report employee taxes to the State. For more information contact the Employment Development Department at (888) 745-3886.
  8. Check out the Internal Revenue Service'sTax Guide for Small Business which is an invaluable tool to help business owners understand the basics.
  9. If you need additional assistance contact the Chamber and we can help 760.745.2125
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