Steps to Starting a Business

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Starting a Business in Glendora

 As an entrepreneur, starting a business will likely be one of the most exciting and challenging goals you set out to achieve. The City of Glendora wants to be sure you are prepared to succeed. There are many decisions that will need to be made; be aware of local, federal and state regulations. Listed below are some of the key items that need to be considered. Understanding the different factors involved will help ensure you’re on the right path to success.


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Business Plan Site Location / Signage
Business Organization
Employer ID Number
Permits / Licenses
Naming your Business
Financial Assistance
Additional Requirements and Resources

Downloadable checklist to starting a business, required steps, applications and reference documentation

Business Plan 

In addition to knowing the product you will sell or the service you will provide, you will want to have a marketing plan, an organizational plan and a financial plan. Having this plan from the start, can be the difference between a struggling and a successful business.

Information on developing a business plan- Small Business Administration 

Assistance on how to create a business plan- Glendora Chamber of Commerce 

Finding the Best Location

Information on available sites in Glendora

 Ensure that your business will receive zoning clearance from the City of Glendora Planning.

For more information on zoning clearance or call the Planning Division at (626) 914-8214 or email at

If you intend on changing or installing a new sign, you will need to contact the Planning Department. (626) 914-8214 
If you will need to make any physical change to your place of business, please contact the Building Department at (626) 914-8223 to determine if any building permits will be required. 

Business Organization 

How will you organize your business?

Decide which legal structure will work best for your business. Each structure has its own advantage and disadvantages. For specific questions about which structure is best for your business, you should consult a qualified tax consultant or an attorney.

Information on business structure and organization- State of California Franchise Tax Board

Information on filing your corporation, limited liability or partnership- Secretary of State

Information on obtaining or determining an Employer Identification Number (EIN)- IRS Federal Tax ID Number

Permits / Licenses

Sellers Permit - If you are selling or acquiring any tangible items for repair or use in your business you must have a resale permit. Information on registering or renewing a permit or license or contact California State Board of Equalization, (626) 480-7200. 
Business Specific Requirements - Information on additional permits that may be required specific to your business type

Glendora Business License – Businesses operating in the City of Glendora need to obtain a business license. The business license must be renewed annually. The application can be applied for in person at City Hall.

More information on Business Licensing

Information on application and fees

Naming your Business
If you establish a business that does not include your surname, within 40 days of business start date, you must file a Fictitious Business Statement with the County Clerk of Los Angeles, (562) 462-2177. 

                                                   Office of the County Clerk, Registrar-Recorder 
                                                      12440 Imperial Highway, Norwalk CA 90650 
                                                                              (562) 462-2177

Information to find out if your intended business name is already in use


Financial Assistance

Check with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) office to find out if you can qualify for government loans or other financial assistance options. 

Information on government loan qualification or other financial assistance options

Additional Requirements and Resources

Information on Public Health Operating License County of Los Angeles (626) 430-5200

Information on Authority to Construct/Permit to Operate

South Coast Air Quality Management District (800) 388-2121
Information on Alcoholic Beverage License CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control         (626) 256-3241


 Information on Discrimination Law  CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing     (800) 233-3212 
 Information on Occupational Safety and Health                Cal/OSHA (800) 963-9424
 Information on Wage/Hour Law Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (213) 576-6227


 Information on Workers Compensation  Division of Workers' Compensation (213) 576-7389
 Information on Payroll Taxes/Unemployment/Disability  Employment Development Department  
 Information on Water Discharge Requirements California Environmental Protection Agency               


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