California Small Business Guide: How to Start and Run a Business in California

Are you a business owner in California? Or, maybe you’re considering launching your next venture in the Golden State? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find guidance on how to start a business, fund your business, operate your business, hire employees, file for taxes, stay compliant in your state, and more. 

Bookmark this page and keep checking back to track new legislation and developments in California that may affect your company. Now, let’s dive in!

How to register your business in the state of California

Here is how you register your new business in California.

Find funding for your California-based business

Every business, whether new or established, requires funding. Luckily, there are business loans and grants specifically designed for California-based businesses. Check out the California business funding page to find a loan or grant that’s a fit for your company. 

How to file and pay business taxes in California

Navigating the tax landscape can be complex—especially for busy business owners. Here is an up-to-date tax guide for California businesses and a guide to California tax incentives

Managing employees in California

Minimum wage in CaliforniaSUI tax rate in CaliforniaCalifornia DOL website
$15.50 per hour

$15.50 minimum tipped wage per hour 
New employer tax rate: 3.4%

Tax rate range: 1.5% – 6.2%

Wage base: $7,000 
Department of Labor

More information for business owners in California

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