The Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles County

Since 2005, serving all 88 cities, unincorporated area including Catalina and San Clemente Islands 


Small Business Links

Start-Up Information

Be the Boss
Includes links to franchise information.
Entrepreneur Magazine's Small Business Square
Includes everything you need to start and run a business. Lists businesses for sale, and forms for all business activities.
Includes links to information on starting your business, increasing your business, and supporting entrepreneurship.
Fictitious Business Name Statements (DBA)
Fictitious Business Name Statements (DBA) searches for Los Angeles County provided from Chamber of Commerce Journal site.
Los Angeles Business Solutions
Official city portal for business in Los Angeles.
SBA Franchise Hotlist
Current links to franchise resource sites.
Start-Up Guide for New Businesses in Los Angeles
Prepared by the Library's Business and Economics Department.

Business Plans

Small Business Administration, Business Plan Guide
Includes a step by step tutorial on how to write a business plan.
Offers hands-on guidance to writing business plans. Includes real plans of companies that gained financing.

General Resources

Digital Commerce Center
Resources in the areas of electronic commerce, Internet advertising, digital asset management, small business development and corporate education.
Small & Home Based Business Links
Offers links to franchise and home based business opportunities.
Small Business Resource Library
A virtual center, designed to complement public library on-site services and resources for people starting or working in small businesses. Created and maintained by a California State Library Grant.
Small Business Advisor
Contains a wide variety of on line information for the entrepreneur and small business owner.

Supporting Organization

Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN)
Free service provided by the City of Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Committee (MBOC) and the Los Angeles Opportunities & Procurement Services. Contract opportunities, jobs, and permits & licenses information are highlighted.
California Small Business Development Centers
Offers information, referrals, and one-on-one professional business counseling, and regular workshops to small business owners.
Provides businesses with information on permits and other requirements of California agencies at all levels of government, and links. Searchable by type of business and location.
Small Business Administration
The official home page of Small Business Administration offers assistance, regulatory information, and statistics relating to small businesses.
Valley Economic Development Center
Non-profit business development corporation offers services to small and medium sized business owners, entrepreneurs and members of the communities it serves. It operates and facilitates several programs and projects such as the SBA Women's Business Center and the Historic Downtown Retail Project.

International Trade

Trade Leads and Suppliers

Asian Sources
Includes product suppliers and manufacturers in many Asian countries.
Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States
Trade leads and matchmaker services for companies doing business with former Soviet states.
Central & Eastern Europe Business Information
Companies doing business with Central and Eastern European countries.
Commerce Business Daily & FedBiz Opps
The official source for government contracts and bids is now available on the web. You can get one week free if you register as a guest.
Export Opportunity Hotline, Small Business Administration
Provides export assistance.
Owens Online
Provides trade leads and international credit reports.
Trade Opportunities Program (TOPS)
Provides companies with current sales leads from international firms seeking to buy or represent their products or services. This is a fee based service, but you can get information without subscription for trade leads three months and older.
World Trade Center Association
Provides international trade leads from World Trade Center.

Country Specific: Regulations & Practices

Country Library [TradePort]
Summarize all information you need to know in order to trade with a specific country. Includes each country's demographics, political environment, economic outlook and trends, trade regulations and standards, business travel overview, etc.
Guides to Doing Business
More than 100 Guides to doing business for Countries, States or Provinces compiled by Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Provides access to product suppliers and service providers from Hong Kong and China. Includes information on trade leads, tradeshows, and practical tips for doing business in Hong Kong and in China.
International Business Resources on the WWW
Maintained by the Center for International Business Education and Research of Michigan State University. This site leads to news and magazine articles relating to international trade, and many regional or country specific information sites.
Taiwan Products
Lists manufacturers in Taiwan.

Supporting Services

California State Overseas and Investment Offices
The State of California maintains offices in Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom to promote California products and to assist California exporters locally. You will be able to find the addresses and contact information of these oversea offices at this site. Administers a loan guarantee program for California-based firms with at least one year export experience.
CEDAR's International Trade Site
Maintained by California Economic Diversification And Revitalization (CEDAR), this site offers many valuable links to export guides and regulations, trade leads, international directories, and other resources relevant to international trade such as shipping.
Portal to all export-related assistance and market information offered by the federal government, providing trade leads, free export counseling and help with the export process. Click on “Partner Agencies” to find other links, including the U.S. Commercial Service, which give additional information.
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Assists in export financing of US goods and services by offering direct and intermediary loans to foreign buyers of US exports, working capital and loan guarantees.
Journal of Commerce
The daily journal of trade logistics. The new JOC Week paper edition is located at the Reference Desk in the Business & Economics Department in the Central Library.
SCORE (Small Business Administration)
The SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives Association), is made up of retired, professional business managers from all disciplines of business and government. They volunteer their time to provide free management and business counseling and workshops.
Trade Information Center
Supported by the International Trade Administration, the Trade Information Center is the first stop for information about all federal export assistance programs, as well as country and regional market information.
U. S. Bureau of Industry and Security
Official site of the US Bureau of Export Administration offers information on export regulations and related information on exporting from US.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Provides general information about custom regulations.
U. S. Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration
Provides assistance in researching foreign markets, making business contacts overseas, and promoting products abroad.