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Starting Your Business

Thinking of starting a business?

Some people know exactly what they want to do but don't know exactly how to carry it out while others aren't immediately sure what kind of business they should start. Consider your interests and skills in developing your business idea. Research business potential by gathering information from industry associations, Web searches, periodicals, federal and state agencies, and other resources. Develop your idea by putting it in writing; outline the tools and strategies for your business success. This written Business Plan is your roadmap for starting and growing your business.

To access resources to assist you in this process contact the Office of Small Business at (619) 236-6505. Our staff will provide referrals to agencies and resources to help you explore business ideas, research opportunities, write your business plan, and kick-start your business.

Once you know what kind of business you want to start, learn about the key regulatory steps of starting and operating a business within the City of San Diego. If you have additional questions or concerns you may contact the City's Small Business Ambassador at (619) 533-6474. If you are interested in local policies which affect small business, attend a Small Business Advisory Board meeting.

Once you have decided on a business and know the next steps, then you may start thinking about opening a business storefront. The City offers design and financial assistance with personalizing an existing storefront to fit your business needs. Learn more about the Storefront Improvement Program.