Starting a Business
Congratulations on your decision to start a business in El Monte!
Create a Business Plan
It is helpful to begin with a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint of every aspect of your business. Sales, marketing, advertising, promotion and location are just some of the categories to consider when creating a plan. Check out these resources for help in starting your business plan:
- U.S. Small Business Administration
Find a tutorial on how to create a business plan.
- Pacific Asian Consortium on Employment
Enroll in an entrepreneur training program.
- Goodwill of Southern California Worksource Center
Receive assistance finding candidates and screening prospective employees.
Find a Location
Location, location, location. El Monte is growing and we'd love to work with you to find the perfect site for your new venture.
- Available Opportunity Sites Map
Explore this tool to find a location for doing business in El Monte.
- Zoning Map
Check to make sure your business is an allowable use at the prospective site.
Set Up Your Business
Choose a business structure. Select a business entity type from the following list for a brief overview of the principal types of legal business structures available in California. Private legal and tax advisors should be consulted before making a determination as to the type of business entity to form.
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Partnership
- General Partnership
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Sole Proprietorship
Your next step will be to file your tax and employer identification documents.
Get Licenses & Permits
When you're ready, visit City Hall to obtain the appropriate business license and applicable permits to begin operations.