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  • Starting a Business - El Centro Chamber of Commerce

    As a business organization invested in the success of the El Centro Area business community, it is smart business to make joining the El Centro Chamber of Commerce part of your business plan.  We can provide extensive and exclusive exposure for your business. That's only a small part.  As a Professional Business Association, the Chamber provides important business information and connects you with other like-minded business owners.  While we would be happy to assist you in navigating the process of business startup, we can also direct you to resources that are available, tax payer funded and specifically for business startup advice.  Nothing teaches like experience and we can possibly match you with a business mentor who can provide valuable feedback on business startup.  By the way, the Chamber functions almost exactly like a business with a few exceptions.  We are privately funded, understand first-hand the exact same struggles of compliance and business growth, regulations, compliance, payroll regulations, tax implications and everything else that our business members face. Because of this, the Chamber is THE source for business advocacy and like-minded business owners.  You can browse this site to see the numerous programs, councils, committees, events, advocacy opportunities, member discounts and more information on the El Centro Chamber of Commerce.  

    Proper planning and consideration to executive a successful business venture is key.  Here are just a few of the steps you should consider when planning for your business. 

    California Secretary of State - Filing your business name 

    The California Secretary of State administers and files records of California businesses.  Here is where you will file the documents to create your unique business names and structure.  The website is easy to navigate and a valuable resource in determining type of business structure and other important considerations.   Consulting a tax professional and attorney is advised for consideration of legal, tax and other deciding factors.  Whether you choose sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company and limited liability partnership, there are pros and cons to each type of business and varying tax considerations.  The site will also direct you to the California Department of Revenue, California Department of Labor and other sites.  

    The California Secretary of State's website is easy to navigate and is a valuable resource.  http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/starting-business/

    United States Small Business Administration

    The Funded with federal tax payer dollars as a division of the United States Government.  This site offers resources on business startup and retention.  
    United States Small Business Administration Website

    Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center

    The San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network provides a vast array of "No Cost" and "Low Cost" support to entrepreneurs and small businesses through our three locations in Carlsbad (North San Diego), National City (South San Diego), and El Centro (Imperial Valley).  You can reach the sites by visiting this website  http://www.sdivsbdc.org/.

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