Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are the most commonly asked questions from people starting a business in Sonoma County.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a business license/tax certificate to open a business in Sonoma County?

Can I operate a business from my residence?

How do I decide on my business structure (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, LLC, etc.)?

What is a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement?

How do I prepare for income taxes?

Do I need a Seller’s Permit?

Is my worker an independent contractor or employee?

How do I finance my new business/expansion?

How can I find a commercial space for my new business?

How do I connect with potential customers?

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