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California is one of the top 10 states in the areas of high-wage services, fastest growing companies, initial public offerings (IPO), innovation capacity and patents.
California is home to 53 of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies. Since 1963 (when patent records were first established), 432, 404 patents have originated in California which represents 17 percent of all the patents issued in the history of the U.S. and more than twice the number originating from the next closest state. In 2009, over 23,000 patents originated in California, far more than any other state.
California is one of the top 5 states in the area of science and technology- No.1 in Risk Capital and Entrepreneurial Infrastructure & No.3 in Research and Development Inputs.
Industrial Research and Development (R&D) in California totaled $50.6 billion, which represents almost 25 percent of the national total.
California offers a 15-24 percent R&D tax credit to businesses from large shares of federal funding for R&D. The UC Technology Transfer Program is first among the nations’ universities in the number of patents granted and in the number of successfully commercialized inventions, creating more than 1,000 inventions a year.
Three out of the ten NASA centers are located in California – more than any other state. Including, 40 federal laboratories – more than any other state.
California is the No.1 state for venture capital (VC) receiving four times more venture capital than the nation’s average. Last year, California received 51.3 percent of all VC invested in the U.S. far more than any other state.
Foreign companies employ nearly 561,000 California workers and are responsible for 4.6 percent of the state’s total private-industry employment in 2009.
California is an attractive location for international employer.
CA ranks #1 in the nation for the highest number of employees supported by U.S. subsidiaries with 572,500 jobs and counting.
133,700 of those jobs are manufacturing jobs that have had a “multiplier” effect on the economy, stimulating activity and jobs in other sectors with high input demands from other suppliers. Almost 9% of the manufacturing jobs in California are supported by U.S. subsidiaries.
The Pacific Rim located in California is one of the largest trade networks in the nation, giving businesses access to the global economy.
California’s export shipments of merchandise in 2011 totaled $159.4 billion, a 25% increase over 2009; returning California’s export totals to pre-recession levels.
California’s largest export market was Mexico, with the state posting exports of $26.04 billion to Mexico in 2011- 16 percent of California’s total exports in 2011. Other top markets include: Canada ($17.2 billion), China ($14.2 billion), Japan ($13.1 billion), and South Korea ($13.1 billion).
The leading export category in 2011 was computers and electronic products, which alone accounted for 29 percent, or $46 billion, of California’s total merchandise exports. Other top exports were transportation equipment ($15 billion) and machinery manufactures ($15 billion).
Small and medium-sized firms generated more than two-fifths (44 percent) of California’s total exports of merchandise in 2007. This was the seventh highest percentage among the states, and was well above the 30 percent national export share.
All twelve metropolitan areas in California exported over $1 billion in merchandise exports in 2012.
|1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana ($79.8 billion)
2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont ($31.8 billion)
3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara ($22.8 billion)
4. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos ($16 billion)
5. Riverside-San Bernardino- Ontario ($10.9 billion)
6. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($6.2 billion)
|7. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville ($6 billion)
8. Bakersfield-Delano ($4 billion)
9. Fresno ($3.7 billion)
10. Santa Barbara- Santa Maria-Goleta ($2.5 billion)
11. Santa Rosa-Petaluma ($2.1 billion)
12. Stockton ($2 billion)
California is the No. 1 state for attracting foreign direct investment.
California is an ideal place for companies of all sizes. If you are looking to start, expand, or relocate your business to Southern California, listed below are some helpful resources and links to help you get started on your business successfully.
Business Start Ups
The following programs provide assistance with business plans, mentorship and coaching, workshops, funding resources, and much more to help you get started on your business venture.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
Mission: To foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education
Vision: Every person has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner
America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.
The mission of America’s nationwide network of SBDCs is to help new entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for FREE face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training, on topics including:
|• Writing business plans
• Accessing capital
|• Regulatory compliance
• Technology development
• International trade
LA Business Portal
Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League is recognizing more than 90 years of service to our Los Angeles communities. The League is the city’s premier organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority youths and adults through innovative job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs.
The Los Angeles Urban League Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center provides small businesses and entrepreneurs one stop access to an array of specialized resources and information. Services offered included business assessment, technical assistance, business planning, marketing and human resource referral, training, and assistance.
The Los Angeles Urban League Entrepreneurship Center helps established minority entrepreneurs obtain the necessary management skills that will enable them to take advantage of new business opportunities and qualify for financing that will lead to higher levels of business growth.
The Los Angeles Urban League Entrepreneurship Center works with private, public and nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful minority businesses.
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Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Typically most businesses need an Employer Identification Number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) to identify their business. Depending on how you are setting up or structuring your business, your social security number can be used to identify your business as well. Applying for a Tax Identification number is quick and easy. To learn more, visit www.irs.gov or click here.
Business Licensing and Permits
Business licensing and permits may be necessary depending on the type of business you are operating. It is also very important that you get a business license or permit that is relevant to your type of business and business location. Here are some links pertaining to where and how to obtain a business license in your county.
About Business Programs
The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State’s office, supports California Businesses by registering and authenticating business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year.
Expanding or Relocating Your Business
The California Business Investment Services Unit provides no-fee, tailored site selection services to employers, corporate real estate executives, and site location consultants who are considering California for relocation and/or expansion. In addition, there is staff is available to help you identify the business advantages of considering California locations for business relocation and expansion. The CBISU offers a network of regional and local resources to gather essential information and discover which locations offer the most value for your project.
A wide array of consultation services are offered, includes:
Additionally, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development serves as a company’s liaison to California’s regulatory agencies and local governments throughout the state. See More
6101 W Centinela Ave Culver City, CA 90230 Phone: (310) 642-0836 www.csba.com
330 N Brand Blvd # 190 Glendale, CA 91203 Phone: (818) 552-3210 www.sba.gov/offices/district/ca/glendale
5 Hutton Centre Dr Suite 900 Santa Ana, CA Phone: 714-550-7420 Fax: 714-550-7409 www.sba.gov/offices/district/ca/santa-ana
550 West C Street Suite 550 San Diego, CA Phone: 619-557-7250 or 619-727-4883 Fax: 619-557-5894 www.sba.gov/offices/district/ca/san-diego
ONTARIO 603 N. Euclid Avenue Ontario, Ca 91762 (909) 983-5005 (909) 983-5515 Fax RIVERSIDE 3780 Market Street Riverside CA 92501 (951) 781-2345 (909) 983-5515 Fax HIGH DESERT 15490 Civic Drive, Suite 102 Victorville, CA 92392 (760) 951-1592 (760) 951-8929 Fax www.iesmallbusiness.com
4900 E. Conant Street, Building O2, Suite 108 Long Beach, CA 90808 Phone: 562-938-5020 Fax: 562-938-5030 Web Site: www.SMALLBIZLA.org
800 N. State College Blvd., SGMH 5313 Fullerton, CA 92834 Phone: 657-278-2719 Fax: 657-278-7101 Web Site: www.leadsbdc.org
880 National City Blvd., Suite 7118 National City, CA 91950 Phone: 619-216-6718 Fax: 619-216-6692 Web Site: www.sdivsbdc.org
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, University Center, #258 Santa Clarita, CA 91355 Phone: 661-362-5900 Fax: 661-362-5596 Web Site: www.cocsbdc.org
1601 Carmen Drive, #215 Camarillo, CA 93010 Phone: 805-384-1800 Fax: 805-384-1805 Web Site: www.edcsbdc.org
13430 Hawthorne Boulevard Hawthorne, CA 90250 Phone: 310-973-3177 Fax: 310-973-3132 Web Site: www.southbaysbdc.org
4900 E. Conant Street, Building O2, Suite 108 Long Beach, CA 90808 Phone: 562-938-5100 Fax: 562-938-5030 Website: www.longbeachsbdc.org
3255 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1501 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Phone: 213-674-2696 Fax: 213-739-0639 Web Site: http://pcrsbdc.org
3035 E. Foothill Boulevard, Room 122 Pasadena, CA 91107 Phone: 626-585-3106 Website: http://pccsbdc.org
2180 Third Street La Verne, CA 91750 Phone: 909-448-1567 Web Site: http://smallbizla.org
480 North 1st St., Suite 210 San Jose, CA 95112 Phone: 408-248-4800 Fax: 408-385-9156 Web Site: http://svsbdc.org
3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 Phone: 760-340-1575 Website: www.cvep.com
1650 Spruce St., Suite 500 Riverside, CA 92506 Phone: 951-781-2345 Web Site: www.iesmallbusiness.com
65 Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 Phone: 949-330-6569 Fax: 949-330-6561 Web Site: www.OCTANeOC.org
2130 E 4th Street #160 Santa Ana, CA 92705 Phone: 714-953-4289 Web Site: http://ochispanicsbdc.com
2323 N. Broadway Suite 201 Santa Ana, CA 92706 Phone: 714-564-5200 Web Site: http://ocsbdc.org
1650 Spruce St., Suite 500 Riverside, CA 92506 Phone: 949-734-5635 Web Site: www.tritechsbdc.org
1850 West Main Street, Suite C El Centro, CA 92243 Phone: 760-312-9800 Fax: 877-459-3540 Web Site: www.ivsbdc.org
2075 Las Palmas Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011 Phone: 760-795-8740 Fax: 760-795-8728 Web Site: www.sandiegosmallbiz.com
880 National City Blvd., Suite 103 National City, CA 91950 Phone: 619-482-6391 Fax: 619-216-6692 Web Site: www.growmybiz.org
955 Morro Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Phone: 805-756-5171 Fax: 805-756-5173 Web Site: sbdc.calpoly.edu
1631 17th Street, Suite 200 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: 661-654-2856 Fax: 661-861-7952 Web Site: www.csub.edu/sbdc
350 S. Bixel Street Los Angeles, CA 90017 Phone: 213-580-7587 Web Site: http://www.bixelexchange.com/