What type of business entity should I have?

You may choose to conduct a business as a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, or limited liability company. You should consult with a legal representative and accountant before making any determination as to the type of business entity to form. For more information on each type of business entity, please visit the California Business Portal section of the Secretary of State’s website. Unless you conduct your business as a sole proprietorship, you must file papers with the Secretary of State’s office:

  • Secretary of State
    Business Programs Division
    1500 11th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Phone: 916-657-5448

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1. How do I know if my business is allowed where I want to locate it?
2. Am I required to have a business license?
3. What type of business entity should I have?
4. What’s a fictitious name statement?
5. Where can I obtain a seller’s permit (Retail Sales Tax Number)?
6. Where do I obtain a State Tax Identification Number?
7. Where can I obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number?
8. Where do I get my State Employer Identification Number?
9. What type of permits or licenses do I need to start my business?
10. I’m going to be serving food products. Do I need special approvals?
11. If I sell any alcoholic beverages, will I need any special approvals?