Orange County SCORE has compiled the following resources that we think will be valuable for anyone running or starting a business. 


Developing Your Business Plan

SBA Learning Center
Basics of launching a business
Financial ratios and business statistics by industry
Orange County city demographics
Average wages in Orange County by occupation
Selecting a legal structure for your business
Advantages/disadvantages of the different business structures
State of CA information on business structures (FAQs, forms)
Partnership agreement checklist


Seeking Capital from the Bank & Others

Financing basics
Finding capital overview
20 tips for finding money now
Financing for the small business
Financing eligibility & SBA loan programs
Questions the banker will ask
How to prepare a loan package
Check your credit (fee-based service)
Other sources of funds
Micro loan program ($500 - $2,500) for businesses without bank credit
Venture capital primer
Early stage funding for technology companies


Launching Your Start-Up Business

Permit, license & registration requirements by business type
Obtain a federal employer identification number (EIN)
Register your fictitious business name with Orange County
Obtain a state seller's permit
State of California business tax information
CA environmental permits & other special licenses
Filing a corporation, LLC or partnership with State of California
Top ten legal mistakes and how to prevent them
Questions to ask before signing a lease for space


Buying a Business

Checklist for buying a business


Managing & Growing Your Business

Marketing plans to target profits
Key financial ratios
Patent and Trademark Office - US Dept of Commerce
US Copyright office
Federal employment law assistance
California Dept of Industrial Relations
Orange County SCORE Resources