The State Board of Equalization in Sacramento.  Download the Sellers Permit.

Complete the online Application for the Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.gov.  Download the EIN Application.

Apply for your Fictitious Business Name through the IRS Department of Finance Tax and Collection and Licensing.  Download the Fictitious Business Name Statement form.

ACCESS THE CAPITAL. Below are just a few resources that will help you develop your business plan and also guide you on the journey to access the capital needed to finance your business.


California Capital
Financial Development Corporation providing loan guarantees and direct loans to small businesses in Northern California. Located at 926 J Street, Suite 1500,  Sacramento, CA 95814 – (916) 442-1729

CalGold Business Permits for finding out what permits and licenses are required to start your business of interest.

Business services, forms, and opportunities for doing business in the city of Sacramento (e.g. – can file your fictitious name statement using this website)

Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) empowers underserved individuals in the Sacramento area to become self-employed by providing business education and financial assistance. MAP is located at 2118 K Street (between 21st and 22nd Street) in Sacramento. info@map-srm.org

Greater Sacramento Small Business Development Center providing a wealth of information that includes workshops and consultants who work with the business owner as coach, trainer, and facilitator. Located in Sacramento. info@sbdc.net.

Non Profit Resource Center located in the Central Library (2nd floor) of Downtown Sac offers an abundance of resources, Leadership Development, Workshops, Training, & Consulting. (916) 264-2772

SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a group of counselors who help entrepreneurs with questions by e-mail or phone about their existing or new business.

Small Business Certification in California

COMMUNITY RESOURCES. In the Sacramento region, where do you begin first to search out information for funds for your business and for a potential source of customers? It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack. Below are just a small handful of some very useful/helpful community resources sitting in your backyard.

  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
    Advocate policies which improve business opportunities for all African-Amercians throughout the state of California
    9851 Horn Road, Suite 160, Sacramento, CA 95827
    www.calbcc.org or cbcc@calbcc.org

  • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
    Network of dedicated, high-energy business professionals working together to improve the economic, cultural, and civic well being of the African American community in the Sacramento Area.

  • BICs-Business Information Centers in Sacramento
    There are several BICs located throughout Sacramento. BIC is a one-stop location for information, and technical assistance designed to help entrepreneurs start, operate and grow their companies. For more information regarding the BIC located at 4990 Stockton Blvd.
    (916) 875-3350.

  • Sacramento Public Local Libraries

RESEARCHING YOUR BUSINESS. Listed are a few resources to assist in your business research, finding networking opportunities, franchise information, and general small business information.

African American Business Directory
This site boasts a comprehensive directory of African American businesses and organizations in 125+ American cities and offers a free business listing in their directory.

Association of African-American Women Business Owners
P.O. Box 13858 – Silver Spring, MD 20911
Phone: (301) 585-8051 and Fax: (301) 681-3681

The Association of African-American Women Business Owners was formed in 1982 to represent the business interests of its members with major institutions in the public and private sectors. Its goal is to remove the obstacles to business ownership and improve the success rate of entrepreneurship for its members. Working through national initiatives, it has changed the business climate and created business opportunities of major proportions.

National Black Business Trade Association
This site, established in 1993, was founded to educate and empower prospective and existing African American business owners. Links to networking, educational, and resources are available online and they have compiled, and have available for purchase, a Black business resource directory which has information for US and foreign markets.