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Better Business Bureau

BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. The BBB collects and provides free business reviews on more than 4 million businesses to requests from consumers. The BBB serves as an intermediary between consumers and businesses, handling consumer disputes against businesses.


This is the total know-how for small business and entrepreneurs, offering free how-to information, tools, templates, and forms for download for business essentials.

Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and guides to help you manage your business better. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and publishes daily advice that will help you grow your business.

BusinessDictionary is the leading online business resource, featuring over 25,000 definitions spanning across critical business-related topics including management, small business, economics, human resources, entrepreneurship, recruiting, and corporate strategy. Other educational resources are offered by BusinessDictionary as well, including videos, articles, tips, and Q&A and our popular Business Dictionary Term of the Day newsletter.

County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder

Serving Los Angeles County by providing essential records management and election services in a fair, accessible, and transparent manner. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for creating and maintaining voter files, conducting elections, and verifying petitions. The Recorder’s Office records documents of property ownership and personal life records. Click here for information on fictitious business name search.

County of Los Angeles Office of the Assessor

The Office of the Assessor offers resources for business owners on their site including trend factor data, personal property information, e-file information, and more.

California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program

The EWD invests funding and resources in industry sectors that are key to California’s economic growth. Get access to press releases, news, industry reports, and business programs and services.

Center for Business Planning

This is a library of resources containing links to hundreds of sites offering research materials on every area of planning a business, including: venture capital, new products, market analysis, competitive analysis, production management, tax problems, legal issues, financial statements, writing a business plan, and much more.

California Chamber of Commerce

The California Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate and resource for California employers to engage in other activities that enhance the California economy and make the state a better place to live, work, and do business. CalChamber gives private sector employers a voice in state politics. CalChamber is a one-stop compliance shop for information, products, and resources that answer California and federal labor law and human resources questions. Lastly, businesses up and down the state rely on CalChamber’s daily news updates, legislative analyses, and educational forums.

California Association of Business Brokers

The California Association of Business Brokers is a professional trade association whose members are actively involved in assisting their clients in selling, buying, and evaluating businesses. CABB recognizes the professionals of business opportunity brokerage, helps educate the public on the benefits of using licensed intermediaries, and establishes a code of ethics to which members adhere. Visit CABB for information on buying or selling a business, membership, or resources.

Entrepreneur: Small Business Resources

Get advice, insight, profiles, and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. In Entrepreneur’s Starting a Business, learn about the latest news, videos, and discussion topics on starting a business.

Dun & Bradstreet

Dun & Bradstreet grows the most valuable relationships in business by uncovering truth and meaning from data. D&B builds – or co-develops with partners – solutions tailored to your role, whether you are in marketing, sales, finance, supply, compliance, or information technology. Get a D&B D-U-N-S® Number, establish your business credit, and more.

National Association of Securities Dealers

FINRA is an independent, not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the securities industry operates fairly and honestly. We provide investors with tools and resources that can help them make wise financial decisions. offers dozens of free resources about investing and avoiding fraud, including online calculators and investor alerts.

Navigate L.A. – World Trade Center L.A

The tools and resources available to companies of all sizes on this site are unmatched anywhere in the nation. To help you understand Los Angeles better, WTCLA has compiled data and resources for each of the 88 cities located in LA County that allows you to uncover the region’s potential with information on city-specific demographics, incentives, tax information, government contracts and more.

My Own Business Institute

MOBI provides free online education for entrepreneurs. Through multimedia, our online students learn how to pick a business, how to finance it, how to build clientele, and how to create a successful team.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

As the largest and most influential business association in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in our region. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce champions economic prosperity and quality of life for the Los Angeles region by being the voice of business, promoting collaboration, and helping members grow.

Small Biz U

Small Biz U is an online business academy that offers online instructional presentation lessons complete with animation and voiceover narration conveniently to prospective and existing entrepreneurs. Topics prepared are management, marketing, accounting, and finance.

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