Start a Business

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Economic Development staff provide guidance throughout the business process and links to other  business resources. 


Economic Development and Housing Department:   (916) 617-4535

  • Guidance and referrals to business planning and technical assistance
  • Information about city, county, state licenses and permits
  • Find local real estate agents, lenders and other services
  • Business assistance, state and local incentives, hiring and training assistance
  • Microenterprise training classes in English and Spanish

How to Start a Business in West Sacramento

Step 1: Call Economic Development to discuss your business plans

Step 2: Check Zoning:

Step 3: Apply for a Business License 

Step 4: Check requirements for a Building Permit

Step 5:  Call or visit the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce (916) 371-7042

  • For information about doing business in the City 
  • Introductions to other local business owners
  • Learn about local products and services
  • Promote your business


Capital Region Small Business Development Center  

Small Business Development Center

(916) 319-4268 

CA Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) is California's statewide micro-business network.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Complimentary mentoring and consulting services from experienced business owners


Opening Doors

Micro-enterprise training and microloan program

California Business Portal Resources

The California Business Portal provides resources for new businesses:



Small Business Finance Center

The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers.

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