start-biz-smallThose who live and work on the Leading Edge have a keen entrepreneurial spirit, so it should come as no surprise that business formation rates high here. Local cities and public agencies offer a wealth of resources to assist new entities to get off on the right foot.

The Small Business Development Corporation offers a wide range of classes and seminars aimed at providing small businesses with the information they need to succeed. Classes cover everything from writing a business plan to balancing the books and are held regularly throughout the region as well as in the SBDC’s two regional offices in Bakersfield and Santa Clarita. Find out more at.www.californiasbdc.org.

The Governor’s Office of Business Development (GO-Biz) has a wealth of ideas for budding entrepreneurs. They’ll walk you through the steps required to set-up the most appropriate business entity (sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, LLP, or corporation); registering your business with state and local authorities, choosing the right location, equipment and resources; and offers tips on managing your business and its employees. You’ll find all the details at www.business.ca.gov.

BusinessUSA.gov is a one-stop site operated by the Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce to help small businesses grow. Those considering starting a new business will find a helpful Business Wizard to guide you through the process. You’ll also find ways to explore new foreign trade opportunities, gain insights on new healthcare changes, learn about special programs for veterans, while getting tips on taxes, hiring and a whole lot more. You’ll find all the details at www.business.usa.gov.

SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free counseling to help startups get through their early stages. Additional information on the SCORE program and local affiliates can be found at www.score.org.

Both the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale publish helpful guides for small business with a wealth of information on how to set up a successful business venture. Other cities within the region also hold special events and seminars aimed at entrepreneurs. Visit each city’s website for additional details.