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Business Resource Guide

Starting or growing a business is an exciting journey, but it can also be a challenging one. With so many decisions to make and resources to consider, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. That's why we've created this comprehensive business resource guide, designed to provide you with everything you need to succeed. From marketing and finance to legal and operational issues, our guide covers a wide range of topics and provides valuable insights and advice from industry experts. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, our guide is the ultimate tool for taking your business to the next level. So let's dive in and discover the key resources and strategies you need to achieve your business goals!

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The best place to start and start smart is with market research. From finding customers, and trends to competitive market advantage.  This is necessary for your business plan. This list from the Small Business Administration is a great place to start.

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prepare a business plan

The most effective business plan summarizes the new business. There are many Free Business Plan Templates websites. There are also organizations that help write business plans as well as software should you prefer to do it yourself. The Small Business Administration site provides great examples.

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Selecting a Business Name

Selecting a business name is vital to a new business.  Researching the business you are in is important, to guarantee that the name you select is not trademarked.  The California code of regulation for business names link is the best source for selecting a business name.

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Decide on a Business Structure

Business structures determine your ability to raise money, the documents that must be filed, your personal liability, and how much you will pay in taxes.  The Small Business Administration link is a great asset in deciding a business structure.

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A tax ID number is important to paying federal taxes, hiring employees, opening a bank account, and to apply for licenses and permits. The Small Business Administration link will help in obtaining a tax ID number.

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This link will give examples of businesses for which  you will need State or Federal licenses.

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The City of Porterville link provides valuable information for licensing your business within the city limits.

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A business account keeps you protected and legally compliant. This link lists all the documents you will need to open an account.

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Many local banks offer business checking services:

Bank of the Sierra

Citizens Business Bank

Valley Strong Credit Union



The location of your business is a vital decision; the choices you make could affect your taxes, legal requirements, and revenue. Opportunity Zones spur growth in low income communities.

City of Porterville offers information on their Porterville Incentives.

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The State of California has many incentive programs offered as well.

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It is important for a business to have insurance as it provides financial protection against unexpected events, mitigates risks, and ensures continuity of operations.

Check out our local insurance providers:

Allstate Insurance - Aaron Kuhnel


State Farm Insurance - Isaac Martinez

State Farm Insurance - Maria Garcia

State Farm Insurance - Rose Quinonez

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Marketing is important for a business as it helps create brand awareness, attract customers, and drive sales, ultimately leading to business growth and success.

The Small Business Administration provides you with marketing plan ideas.

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Loans & grants

Loans and grants can provide crucial financial support to small business owners, helping them cover startup costs, expand operations, purchase necessary equipment, hire employees, and weather unforeseen challenges, ultimately fostering growth and sustainability.

City of Porterville Financial Assistance

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CSET provides workforce development services that assist local businesses as well as free workplace safety training.

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accounting & TAX PREPARATION

Accounting and tax preparation are important for a business as they provide crucial financial insights, ensure compliance with tax laws, facilitate informed decision-making, and optimize the financial health and stability of the organization.

Check out our local providers:

Dale Margosian, CPA

H&R Block

M. Green & Company

Marty Lalanne, CPA

Pine, Pedroncelli & Aguilar, Inc.

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