Business Resources

There is so much to do when starting, establishing, or relocating business! We’re here to help! Below are resources you’ll need to reach your goals.

Click the “Tools for Business Success picture” to use 

City of Santa Maria

City of Santa Maria Street Map

City of Santa Maria Zoning Map / Zoning Ordinance  don’t sign a lease until you have ensured you can do your business at your desired location….

City of Santa Maria Community Development Home page   this is where you start it all

City of Santa Maria Business License information

City of Santa Maria Forms   Planning Application  /  Business License Application  /

City of Santa Maria Buiding Department Home Page   /  Building Online Application  /

City of Santa Maria Inspection requests

City of Santa Maria Home Occupation Regulations 

City of Santa Maria New Business Checklist

City of Santa Maria’s Bids and Opportunities

County of Santa Barbara

County of Santa Barbara Economic Information

County of Santa Barbara Business Resources

County of Santa Barbara Permitting Process

County of Santa Barbara Planning & Development

County of Santa Barbara Clerk, Recorder, Assessor Fictitious Business Name Information

Fictitious Business Name Inquiry/Search

Online Fictitious Business Name Application

County of Santa Barbara Applications, Forms and Documents 

County Auditor-Controller’s Annual Retail Sales & Use Tax

County of Santa Barbara Public Health Department

Better Business Bureau of the Tri-Counties

County of Santa Barbara information & additional resources

State of California

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development  Use this to figure out all you may need to do for starting your business

State Board of Equalization  this is to register an set you up with a seller’s permit

State of California Business Set up, Registration and Filings

State of California Employment Development Department

California State Compensation Insurance Fund

Department of Alcohol Beverage Control

State of California Contractor’s License

Federal Information

Small Business Administration resource/variety of helpful tools 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  you can get a Federal Tax ID# or EIN# here

Other Resources at your Fingertips:

On Deck business loans 

CA Infrastructure Programs IBank Loans for start-up business

Center for Employment Training

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Department WE CAN HELP

Santa Maria BDC

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) How to Really Start Your Business ….. very helpful!

Small Business Administration 

Vocational Training Center   for those with disabilities

Women’s Economic Ventures

Better Business Bureau of the Tri-Counties

Local Utilities:

Need a PO Box?? You can apply online

Pacific Gas & Electric

Southern California Gas

City of Santa Maria Sewer, Water & Trash

City of Santa Maria Wastewater Services

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