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2. Evaluate Your Business Needs

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Now is the time to review your existing business operations and make decisions on how best to move your business forward.

Evaluate your Business Structure

If you started your business as a sole proprietorship, you may want to update your status if you’re now in a partnership or have hired employees—so check with an attorney or accountant for a review of your structure. For a list of business types, visit the State of California Type of Business Entity page.

Consider your Location

When your business is in expansion mode, you might need more physical space.

Available Commercial Properties

To find available commercial properties or get current lease rates, contact your real estate broker. The EDB can provide  preliminary research on available properties and lease rates. Call the EDB at (707) 565-7170 or

    Check with Planning Department

    You will also want to check with the Planning Department where your business is located to make sure that the property you are considering is zoned for your business use. 

    Maintain Licenses and Permits

    It’s a good idea to contact city, state and federal agencies for updates on licensing and permitting process and to keep your records up to snuff. Visit our Local Licenses page and State Licenses page for agency contact information.

      Master Your Operations

      Continue to establish proactive operational procedures to help you stay on top of what’s going on in your industry.