For questions or additional information, contact the Economic Development Department,

(805) 525-2873 or
by e-mail at EconDev@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

Economic Development Department

 

Starting a Business in Santa Paula

 

General Guide to Starting a Business:

Starting a business is a difficult decision at best. While there is no single source that outlines all required procedures, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business. Many of these steps can be researched and accomplished by visiting the websites listed, rather than calling or visiting agency offices.

1. Evaluate Your Needs and Determine Your Location
The City’s Economic Development department can assist you in determining a path to start your business, expand an existing business, or find a new location. Department staff can provide information on business loans, workforce recruitment, available incentives, and site selection. The Department also provides consulting to new and existing businesses.


City of Santa Paula
Economic Development Department
Community Development Building
200 S. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4245
Fax (805) 525-6660
Email: EconDev@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

2. Create a Business Plan
A business plan is like a roadmap; it shows you where you are in relation to where you want to be. Whether you believe in a business plan or not, starting a business involves many ideas that need to be documented with actions taken. Many businesses fail without a business plan, and furthermore, banks require one prior to considering your loan application.

The following organization can provide you with business plan consultations, workshops and referrals:


Economic Development Collaborative
1601 Carmen Drive, #215 Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 384-1800 x21
Fax: (805) 384-1805
http://www.edc-vc.com/
Kelly.Noble@edc-vc.com

3. Determine a Business Name
The name you choose for your business is important. Aside from making sure that the name clearly describes your business, you need to ensure that the name is not already being used. If the name you choose is anything other than your own legal name, you are required to file a fictitious business name statement. The statement is filed with the County of Ventura Clerk and Recorder’s Office.


County of Ventura - County Clerk and Recorder’s Office
Hall of Administration, Lower Plaza
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-3790 or (805) 654-2263


4. Determine the Business Legal Structure
Several legal structures exist; your choice of legal structure will affect your income taxes and personal liability. Most businesses start as a Sole Proprietorship or a Partnership and are legally the least complicated. Corporations and Limited Liability Companies must register with the Secretary of State. Contact your accountant or attorney for advice and assistance in determining the best legal structure for you and your business.


California Secretary of State
1500 11th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-6814


5. Check Zoning and Building Regulations
Determining zoning requirements prior to signing a lease or contract is imperative. Check with the City to see if the type of business you plan to operate is legal in the desired location.

City of Santa Paula
Planning Department
Community Development Building
200 S. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4214
Fax (805) 525-6660
Email: Plan@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

Zoning map
Form, Guidelines, & Applications
 Downtown Improvement Plan Update

6. Obtain Important Permits and Licenses
The City of Santa Paula requires a Business License (LINK to Finance Dept.). Permits are generally also requires through the City’s Building and Safety Department and sometimes through the City’s Fire Department and/or Public Works Department:


City of Santa Paula
Building & Safety Department
Community Development Building
200 S. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4218
Fax (805) 525-6660
Email: BuildSafe@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

Building & Safety Guidelines and Forms
It is important to consult with the Building & Safety Department prior to signing a lease or any improvement projects. Various permits are required depending on the occupancy of the building or the nature of the project .


City of Santa Paula
Fire Department
970 Ventura Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4265
Fax (805) 525-6660
Email: Fire@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

City of Santa Paula
Public Works Department
113 N. Mill
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4212
Email: PW@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

Additionally note that the business type chosen determines the licenses and permits needed to legally operate your business. For a list of regulated occupations and professional services, contact:
California Department of Consumer Affairs
400 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 952-5210


The State also operates CalGOLD, a website that provides detailed information on required permits, licenses and regulations. The information provided is specific to your type of business and its location in California.

7. Get Tax Information
Several types of taxes may be levied on businesses including income tax, employment tax and the City’s business tax. For City taxes, contact:


City of Santa Paula
Finance Department
200 S. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4211
Fax (805) 525-6278
Email: FinDep@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

For state taxes, contact:
Franchise Tax Board
300 S. Spring St. Suite 5704

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(800) 852-5711


For a copy of “Striking Gold in California”, which outlines state taxes for businesses, contact:
State Board of Equalization
Ventura Field Office
4820 McGrath St., Suite 270
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 677-2700


For federal tax information and a copy of the “Small Business Resource Guide,” a document that helps business owners understand the basics, contact:
Internal Revenue Service
District Business Office – Camarillo
751 Daily Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 445-4771


8. Get a City Business License
To conduct business in Santa Paula, you must obtain a business license and pay an annual business tax. A City business license is required prior to conducting any business activity in the City, even if your business is located outside the City’s corporate limits. For more information and to obtain a business license application contact:


City of Santa Paula
Finance Department
200 S. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4211
Fax (805) 525-6278
Email: FinDep@ci.santa-paula.ca.us

9. Acquire Employer Identification Numbers and Worker’s Compensation Insurance
If you will have employees, acquire employer identification numbers and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
For an employer identification tax number and federal tax withholding information, contact:


Internal Revenue Service
District Business Office – Camarillo
751 Daily Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 445-4771


For an employer identification tax number and state tax withholding information, contact:
State of California Employment Development Department
District Business Office – Ventura
4820 McGrath Street, Suite 250
Ventura, CA 93003
(800) 300-5616


All employers are also required to carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance. It covers your employee(s) for work-related injuries. To obtain an insurance policy or for more information, contact:
State Compensation Insurance Fund
Oxnard District Office
2901 North Ventura Road
Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 988-5300


10. Recruit and Train Employees
The Ventura County Job & Career Center offers employers with work-ready employees. Contact their office for more information:


Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center
725 Main Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-8300

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