Starting a Business in La Habra
Check this 10 step guide to starting your business in La Habra.
Meet With a Business Counselor
The City of La Habra provides free Business Counseling services to all current and potential La Habra entrepreneurs through the La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website.
Create a Business Plan
Many banks require a business plan before they issue loans.
There are various resources available to new small business owners. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has sample business plans to use as examples.
There are business resource guides available through the La Habra Chamber of Commerce. This is a comprehensive guide to starting and owning a business.
File a Fictitious Business Name
If you intend to name your business something other than your own name, such as a Doing Business As (DBA) you must file a fictitious business name with:
Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department
12 Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Establish a Legal Structure for Your Business
There are a variety of legal structures for business in the State of California. They include:
- General Partnership
- Limited Liability Companies
- Limited Liability Partnerships
- S Corporation
- Sole Proprietorship
Different structures have different advantages and disadvantages, including liability and taxes. Visit the Secretary of State's Office to research the legal structure that's right for you.
Determine Your Business Location
Check with the City of La Habra Planning Division to ensure that your business location is in a properly zoned area. Contact the Planning Division at 562-905-9724.
Complete a Business License Application
Link to Business License form - Business License form (back page)
Open Your Business
The Grand Opening has finally arrived! Make sure to visit your La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce for networking opportunities. We appreciate your decision to locate your business in La Habra. You may also fill out our Grand Opening Notification Form to invite the City Council to attend your event via the La Habra Chamber of Commerce.