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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
1823 14th 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
Office of Small Business
Certification and Resources
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:

Commerce and Economic Development Program
980 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-5400

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

The Enterprise Zone Program targets economically distressed areas throughout California. Special state and local incentives encourage business investment and promote the creation of new jobs. Contact the local zone first for all eligibility, vouchering and other questions:

Commerce & Economic Development Program Enterprise Zones


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
1110 Vermont Ave NW, 9th Floor
(202) 606-4000
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 827-5722

Small Business Administration - District Field Offices:

Sacramento: (916) 930-3700
San Francisco:(415) 744-6820
Fresno: (559) 487-5791
Los Angeles: (818) 552-3210
San Diego: (619) 557-7252
Santa Ana: (714) 550-7420

Federal government agencies,services, program referrals:
Federal Information Center
(800) 333-4636

Publications available: None are offered by the Consumer Information Center

See also: None

Other referrals: None

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