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Consumers may contact the following entities if interested in starting or improving their own businesses. To form a corporation, a consumer must contact the California Secretary of State for incorporation information.


Federal funds for minority and women businesses:

Department of Transportation CALTRANS
Division of Procurement and Contracts
1727 30th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(866) 810-6346 (toll-free)
(916) 324-1700

Information regarding certification of small businesses, or businesses owned by disabled veterans:

Department of General Services
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise and Small Business Certification Program
707 3rd Street, 1st Floor - Room 400
West Sacramento, CA 95605
(916) 375-4940

Applicant screening, federal and state job tax credits, tax ID numbers:

Employment Development Department
800 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-0707

Promotes small business in California; provides technical assistance, loans, proposals, provides referrals to development centers for small business, plus general information:

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
801 K Street, Ste 2101
Sacramento, CA 95814

California's network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) links federal, state, educational and private resources designed for small business in the local community. The SBDCs provide one-stop access to free business counseling, planning, marketing, and training programs:

Commerce & Economic Development Program


Business (start-up) counseling, publications, various forms of financial assistance, counseling, training, services and local assistance, for minorities, veterans, women business ownership, and procurement assistance:

Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW
Washington, DC 20416
(800) 827-5722
(704) 344-6640

Small Business Administration - District Field Offices:

(916) 735-1700

San Francisco:
(415) 744-6820

(559) 487-5791

Los Angeles:
(818) 552-3215

San Diego:
(619) 557-7250

Santa Ana:
(714) 550-7420

Federal government agencies,services, program referrals:
Federal CitizenInformation Center
(888) 878-3256

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