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Business Start-Up Checklist

Business Start-Up Checklist

Checklist for Starting a Business

1. Develop a Business Plan The nearby Small Business Development Center has been established to help business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs succeed. Their goal for new business owners is to help them do the careful planning required to minimize the risks of launching a new enterprise. Stanislaus River Valley Small Business Development Center provides professional business counseling, excellent low cost workshops, information and resources and an annual Rx for Business program.

Stanislaus River Valley Small Business Development Center
1020 10th St., Ste. 102
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 567-4910
Fax: (209) 567-4955
Visit us at www.alliancesbdc.com

2. Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce The Turlock Chamber of Commerce functions as a trade association for member businesses and professionals. Included in their services to members are business education and promotion, legislative advocacy, referrals, networking opportunities, community/business events and being the primary source for community information. One of the first things a new business owner should do is join the Chamber and take advantage of its networking and referral opportunities.

Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd.
Turlock, CA 95380
(209) 632-2221
Fax: (209) 632-5289

3. Consult with Necessary Professionals As a business owner, you will want to establish a relationship with several outside professionals. You will need to set up bookkeeping procedures, choose your legal structure, set up agreements and contracts, obtain financial information and financing, obtain insurance coverage for liability, fire, theft, workers’ compensation, etc., and find a location for your business. This guide will give you contacts in many important areas such as accountants, attorneys, bankers, insurance agents/brokers, real estate agents, etc.

File a Fictitious Business Name Statement, if applicable, with the County Clerk. Also, publish the notice with a local newspaper and file an affidavit of publication with the County Clerk within 30 days of publication.

Stanislaus County Clerk – Recorder
1021 “I” St., Ste. 101
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 525-5200 English Assistance
(209) 525-5230 Español Assistance

4. Newspapers Qualified to Publish
Fictitious Business Names:
The Turlock Journal — The Modesto Bee
138 S. Center St. — P.O. Box 3928
Turlock, CA 95381 — Modesto, CA 95352
(209) 634-9141 — (209) 5782049

5. Obtain a Business License from the City Hall Collection Department The City of Turlock requires businesses doing business in the city to obtain a business license tax. The tax on most businesses is based on gross receipts earned and must be renewed at the end of the applicable period.

City of Turlock Finance Department
156 S. Broadway, Ste. 112
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5570
Fax: (209) 668-5576

6. Check the Parking/Zoning Laws and Land Use Ordinances that Might Apply
Turlock Community Planning Department
156 S. Broadway, Ste. 120
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5640

7. Apply for a State Employer Tax Identification Number If your business will pay wages, contact the tax office for a State Identification Number. Contact them also for disability insurance tax, state withholding tax and unemployment insurance tax. Ask for the California Employers Tax Guide (Form #DE 44).

Treasurer/Tax Collector
1010 10th St., Ste. 2500
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 525-6388
Fax: (209) 525-7868

NOTE: These are not all of the requirements necessary to start your business. For more information regarding requirements, contact the SBDC.


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