Manhattan Beach Community & Destination Guide 2021-22

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IN MANHATTAN BEACH

prepare and manage your business. The Chamber is here to help you strategize, plan, and navigate the many challenges of opening a business. If you need a referral, please contact us. Location is key! Consider what your customers will be attracted to and what they will need. If there will be a high demand for parking, make sure the location has the space or is adjacent to a parking lot. Identify vacant commercial spaces for lease. Rent costs will vary significantly throughout the city. The City might not allow your use in certain locations and/or buildings, so check with the City’s Planning Division before signing a lease.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce can connect you with industry professionals that can help you plan and access valuable resources to start your business. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the Small Business Administration’s largest service program and provides high quality business & economic development assistance to small businesses & entrepreneurs. They provide no-cost business advising and low-cost training to existing and new businesses. www.southbaysbdc.org

CONSULT WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Visit the City’s Planning Division to confirm that: • Your use is allowed in your desired location • Your use doesn’t trigger special approvals • There is enough on-site parking to meet the City’s parking requirements for your use Tip: If your use is similar to the prior use that occupied the tenant space, it is likely the use will be approved by the City.

CHOOSE A BUSINESS LOCATION

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Register your business name with your state government. Choose your business name to ensure that the name is not currently being used or that no one can use it later. HELPFUL LINKS AND NOTES: • Fictitious name search for DBA: http://rrcc.lacounty.gov/CLERK/FBN_Search.cfm • Fictitious name application: http://www.lavote.net/CLERK/Business_Name.cfm • You may search and view the names indexed to Fictitious Business Names statements which expire 5 years from the date filed in the office of the County Clerk. • Persons doing business for profit under a fictitious name (does not include surname in company name) • Statement must be filed in county of principal place of business, and may also be filed in other counties as long as the requirements for filing in the county of principal place of business have been met.

REGISTER A BUSINESS NAME (“DOING BUSINESS AS”)

As a business owner, you have enough on your mind without having to worry about your insurance needs. You want to have the confidence that the business you’ve built is covered by a company that understands your business insurance needs. We suggest consulting with a licensed and experienced agency as you build the budget. Explore whether you will need extra coverage such as; terrorism coverage, special event policies, cyber insurance, and earthquake coverage. Protect your business as if it was your home.

OBTAIN INSURANCE COVERAGE

Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency. Check with your accountant or visit: www.irs.gov

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GET A TAX I.D. NUMBER

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You want to make sure your business is in compliance with the law. You will need to learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees. Make sure that you are not hiring the wrong employees for your business. Recent California laws require you to carefully consider if a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. We recommend that you meet with a qualified employer lawyer. For current wage requirements visit https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_minimumwage.htm

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UNDERSTAND EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES

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