open your L.A. business
The City of Los Angeles offers a wide variety 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.


Make It In LA
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

Cyber Threat Protection
The LA Cyber Lab helps Los Angeles businesses combat cyber attacks by allowing businesses to sign up and receive cyber threat information and best practices to protect their business - all free of charge

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

LA 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

LA Mapping Tools
Bureau of Engineering offers maps for every need, from city and council district boundaries to tree canopies

LA 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

LA Sidewalk and Park Vendor Permit Program
The City of Los Angeles Sidewalk and Park Vendor Permit Program. BusinessSource bilingual advisors are available to help complete the required documentation to secure the City of LA, State of California and County of Los Angeles Permits

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