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Welcome to the LA Business Portal.

Welcome to the LA Business Portal.

The LA Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business. Try our Start Up Guide to quickly map out how to register your new business and be compliant. Explore a rich library of content and resources to help you manage and grow your business.

Small businesses are essential to our city’s economy. The LA Business Portal is here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.

Effective business plans help clarify and organize your business priorities. Writing a business plan will help you determine your roadmap to profitability.

Every business owner must choose a legal structure for their business in order to operate, register, and pay taxes. The legal structure you choose should suit the type of services or products you will provide. Consider your options to find the best fit for your business.

Do your research to find a great location for your business. Consider factors like demographics, lease terms, and whether your business is allowed by local zoning and building regulations before you sign on the dotted line.

Registering your business is a key part of getting up and running. All companies doing business in the City of Los Angeles need to register with the City, and depending on how your business is set up, you may also need to register with the County, State and Federal Government.

Whether you’re looking for startup capital or considering a loan to finance the expansion of your business, a variety of opportunities are available through various lenders and programs.

Hiring the right people is one of the most important things you can do for your business. Be sure to take advantage of local resources to help you on your way, while also making sure that you know your responsibilities as an employer.

Don’t miss any deadlines by marking important dates on your calendar. Find due dates for important license renewals, tax statements and reporting forms.

Register with the City’s Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN) to learn about and compete for city contracts.

Business is good and you are considering opening another location. Great, but there is a lot to consider before you expand so you can make the best decision for you and your core business.

The LA Cyber Lab helps you combat cyber attacks by allowing you to sign up and receive cyber threat information and best practices to protect your business – free of charge.

Resources.

Resources.

You know what running a successful business will look like, but you may need help to get there. Browse featured organizations, websites, courses, guides, incentives, and tools to help you on your way.

Resources.

Resources and Incentives.

From networking to financing, there are many business resources and financial incentives to help start and grow your business. Explore what’s available for you.

City Departments.

You’re not alone. City Departments are there to help you with everything, from gathering information to obtaining permits and licenses. Call, drop by, or visit their website to find the information and advice you need.

BusinessSource Centers.

There is no substitute for expert advice. Visit a BusinessSource Center near you for help with growing your business. Receive hands-on guidance on business planning, taxes, marketing, and much more.

Calendar of Events.

Use our calendar to plug in and discover events relevant for small businesses in LA.

Build Your Capacity.

Build Your Capacity.

Coming September 2016.

Plan a Business.

You’ve come up with a great idea and want to turn it into a great business. What’s next? Learn more about what it will take to get your business up and running.

Start a Business.

You’ve decided to start a business and now it’s time to legally register it. Use the Startup Guide or review the Starter Kits to see if a quick how-to-guide is available for your type of business.

Manage a Business.

Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

Grow a Business.

Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

Announcements.

Announcements.

Business Owners – Apply today for a free website!

The Office of Finance has partnered with ReBrand Cities and WordPress.com to offer free websites and one year of hosting to all LA based businesses! Take part in a build-a-thon with your own dedicated WordPress developer and bring your business online! Register here, pay a small $25 registration fee for your future website! Details in the link below.

Learn how to get certified to work with the City!

Accessing BCA is a recurring workshop held every month to educate the business community on the programs of the Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA).

New Small Business Loan Program.

A loan program led by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative aims to give small business owners the boost they need to open their doors, grow their companies, and create good-paying jobs.

Manufacturing Support Initiative.

Mayor Garcetti’s Manufacturing Support Initiative provides entrepreneurs and manufacturers across L.A. with industry support, networking opportunities, and education programs that will reach more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and manufacturers over the next 18 months.

Events Calendar.

Events Calendar.

About LA.

For generations, the world has come to Los Angeles to create the future and in turn has helped build one of the most diverse and forward-thinking cities in history. With instant name recognition around the globe, LA is known as a place where new ideas and fresh-thinking are as much a part of the landscape as our mountains, beaches, and unrivaled weather.

The LA Business Portal.

We know that starting a business is not easy. It’s even more difficult when you don’t know where you’re supposed to go or what forms you need to fill out. The LA Business Portal changes that. A “one way in” for business owners, the Business Portal was designed to be a comprehensive resource to help you get your business off the ground — from how to register your business to how to access the resources available to you to help you succeed and grow.​

Built as Open Source.

The LA Business Portal is an open source project — meant to serve as a resource for anyone who is looking to create an online resource for their own business community. This is made possible through a partnership with the City of San Francisco, whose Business Portal code base served as a foundation upon which the open source code was built. You can access the source code on GitHub here.

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