HOW TO START A BUSINESS
Agencies to contact before starting a business Community Development Department (Planning & Development Services): Contact the City of Irvine Development Assistance Center at (949) 724-6308 to confirm your business activity meets the land use requirements of the City’s Zoning Code. Business Assistance: Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov or their local office at (714) 550-7420. Services Corporation of Retired Executives (SCORE): www.score.org or contact them at (714) 550-7369, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Mon-Fri., regarding “How to Start a Business”. Irvine Chamber of Commerce: www.irvinechamber.com or contact them at (949) 660-9112 for membership information. Other Certification, Licensing, or Permit Agencies: Secretary of State: www.ss.ca.gov or contact them at 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 653-3365 regarding incorporation or reserving business names. Orange County Clerk Recorder: www.oc.ca.gov/recorder or contact them at the Orange County Clerk’s Office, 12 Civic Center Plaza #101, Santa Ana, CA 92702, (714) 834-2500 regarding a “Fictitious Business Name.” Newspapers should offer this service as well. Internal Revenue Service: www.irs.gov or contact them by calling (800) 829-4933 or faxing your information to (215) 516-3990. The IRS requires a SS-4 application to be filled out in order for you to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). This number is be used in place of your Social Security Number. State Board of Equalization: www.boe.ca.gov or contact them at 23141 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, (949) 461-5711 to obtain a “Sellers Permit.” Orange County Environmental Health: www.ochealthinfo.com or contact them at 1241 E. Dyer Road #120, Santa Ana, CA 92705, (714) 433-6000 regarding “Health Permits” for businesses involved in food services. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control: www.abc.ca.gov or contact them at 28 Civic Center Plaza #369, Santa Ana, CA 92701, (714) 558-4101 regarding “Licenses to Serve Alcohol”. Contractors State License Board: www.cslb.ca.gov or contact them at (800) 321-2752 regarding “Contractor Licenses”. Department of Consumer Affairs: www.dca.ca.gov or contact them at (800) 344-9940 regarding auto repair, airplane repair, hairdressers, etc. Employment Development Department: www.edd.ca.gov or contact them at 2099 State College Blvd., #401, Anaheim, 92806, (888) 745-3886 for disability insurance, Income tax withholding, state payroll, job services, etc.