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Welcome to the LA Business Portal

Welcome to the LA Business Portal


The LA Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business. Try our Start Up Guide to quickly map out how to register your new business and be compliant.  Explore a rich library of content and resources to help you manage and grow your business.
 

Small businesses are essential to our city’s economy. The LA Business Portal is here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.

 

Resources

Resources


You know what running a successful business will look like, but you may need help to get there. Browse featured organizations, websites, courses, guides, incentives, and tools to help you on your way.

Resources

Resources and Incentives

Resources and Incentives


From networking to financing, there are many business resources and financial incentives to help start and grow your business. Explore what’s available for you.

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City Departments

City Departments


You’re not alone. City Departments are there to help you with everything, from gathering information to obtaining permits and licenses. Call, drop by, or visit their website to find the information and advice you need.

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BusinessSource Centers

BusinessSource Centers


There is no substitute for expert advice. Visit a BusinessSource Center near you for help with growing your business. Receive hands-on guidance on business planning, taxes, marketing, and much more.

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events


Use our calendar to plug in and discover events relevant for small businesses in LA.

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Build Your Capacity

Build Your Capacity


Coming September 2016

Plan a Business

Plan a Business


You’ve come up with a great idea and want to turn it into a great business. What's next? Learn more about what it will take to get your business up and running.

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Start a Business

Start a Business


You’ve decided to start a business and now it's time to legally register it. Use the Startup Guide or review the Starter Kits to see if a quick how-to-guide is available for your type of business.

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Manage a Business


Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

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Grow a Business


Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

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Announcements

Announcements


New Small Business Loan Program


A loan program led by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative aims to give small business owners the boost they need to open their doors, grow their companies, and create good-paying jobs.

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Manufacturing Support Initiative


Mayor Garcetti's Manufacturing Support Initiative provides entrepreneurs and manufacturers across L.A. with industry support, networking opportunities, and education programs that will reach more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and manufacturers over the next 18 months. 

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Deputy Mayors Announced to Lead Economic Policy


In a move to broaden his commitment to economic prosperity for all Angelenos, Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed both Raymond Chan and Brenda Shockley as Deputy Mayors to jointly oversee his economic agenda.

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“Mayors Cup” for L.A. Entrepreneurs


The Mayor's Cup invites student entrepreneurs, faculty members, and staff from L.A. colleges and universities to pitch their ideas on how to support local economic growth and civic engagement to a panel of business and government leaders. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to work with City Hall to bring their idea to life. 

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Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti
Whether you’re starting a bakery or run an auto shop — we designed the L.A. Business Portal to help ALL businesses.

Eric Garcetti
Mayor of Los Angeles