Resources for Your Business

Building Your Business

The EWDD site contains a host of information and tools for business owners and for those looking to start a business. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.


Business Development Tools

Make It In L.A.
Mayor Garcetti’s new region-wide initiative to connect the nation’s largest community of makers, a coalition of organizations whose mission is to support the manufacturing ecosystem and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their passions into real products in LA

Los Angeles Business Portal - Starting a Business
Starting a business, but don't know where to start? Get a custom guide on how to register your business

Restaurant & Hospitality Express Program (RHEP)
RHEP facilitates the approval process for food service establishments, such as restaurants and bars enabling new establishments to open on time and on budget

City of Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN)
The Business Assistance Virtual Network has information about contracting opportunities with the City of Los Angeles

ZIMAS - Zone Information and Map Access System
online interactive program for all planning, zoning and business development related topographic information

Economic and Quality of Life Data
look up current data about the economy and quality of life in Los Angeles

Bureau of Engineering Map Gallery maps for every need, from city and council district boundaries to tree canopies

City of L.A. Business Exemptions
certain businesses may be exempt from paying business taxes over a specified period, such as some new and small businesses, and creative artists


Business & Employer Related Websites

America's Job CenterSM
America’s Job Centers of CaliforniaSM are located throughout the state to help employers find qualified workers and job seekers find good jobs; it's easy, one-stop access to all of the state’s employment-related services

California GO-Biz
GO-Biz serves as California’s office for economic development and offers a range of services to business owners. Those services include attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, important informational briefings and much more.

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)
California State’s general purpose financing authority, they provide financial assistance to support infrastructure and economic development through 4 programs:
California Small Business Development Center
Provides individualized consulting and training to new and growing businesses, along with various other resources

CalJOBSSM
The New CalJOBSSM is the online resource that allows users to easily search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, and gather information on education and training program

Employment Development Department, California (EDD)
State-wide employment development, workforce retention assistance, and California business resources

Industrial Development Authority (IDA)
A city commission established for the purpose of issuing tax-exempt bond financing to assist the growth of businesses within Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Portal
Everything you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business in L.A.

Los Angeles County, Business Development
L.A. County business development services, tools and general information

Los Angeles Development Fund
Business Development Technical Assistance

Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
Business Development Technical Assistance

SCORE
A nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship

Workforce Investment Board (WIB), City of Los Angeles
Supports citizens and businesses by providing oversight of job training and employment placement programs for qualified workers and businesses