Starting New Business
Starting a Business in San Mateo
Exceptional help is available to individuals interested in starting a business in San Mateo. The City’s Business License Department is also a fountain of information regarding types of licenses required for specific types of businesses. Phone (650) 522-7117
Free business counseling is available at the Chamber through the Small Business Administration’s SCORE program. One hour appointments with the SCORE counselor may be made by calling the San Mateo Area Chamber at (650) 401-2440. Listed below are some of the federal, state, county and city agencies that businesses need to contact most frequently:
For more information regarding City of San Mateo business taxes, please contact Business Tax Division staff directly at (650) 522-7113.
Hall of Justice and Records
County Clerk Office – Assessor – Recorder – Elections
555 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 363-4500
Fx: (650) 363-1903
County of San Mateo
Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 363-4712
A fictitious business name statement must be filed by anyone operating a California business under a name other than his own. The business owner must file then publish the business name in a newspaper and file proof with the county. To determine if someone else is already using a business name, phone the Secretary of State’s office of Corporate Status, (916) 654-7960.
For any business that handles food, a permit from the office of Environmental Health in Redwood City (650-363-4304) must be obtained. Following the acquisition of business property, a business owner will automatically receive a bill for any real property taxes due.
San Francisco, CA 94105
San Mateo, CA 94404
Information is available on California’s Office of Safety and Health Admini- stration regulations to prevent injuries and unhealthy working conditions.
San Carlos, CA 94070
Any business with employees must register with this office and withhold state unemployment and income taxes. An application filed with the Board of Equalization may constitute registration.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-1254 or 1-800-344-9940
The State of California has licensing requirements for more than 100 professions and types of businesses. The California License Handbook is available by writing to the Department of Economic and Business Development, 1120 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
1500 Eleventh Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Articles of incorporation must be filed at this office to be on file with the Secretary of State.
San Mateo, CA 94403
Any corporation or partnership must fill out a Form SS-4 and secure a federal employer identification number. The Employers Tax Guide stating withholding requirements for employers is available.
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 552-9222 FAX: (650) 652-1748
FREE Personalized Business Management Consulting
Every 4th Friday of the month from 1:30 – 4:30pm SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) counselors can offer individual advice and guidance concerning the formation, management, financing and operation of your business. Counseling is provided at no charge to qualified businesses.
For a “Request for Counseling” form and appointment go to www.sf.norcalsbdc.org.
Every Monday morning the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce offers one hour free business counseling and advice service. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is the premiere business assistance in the United States. By appointment only, please call the Chamber at (650) 401-2440 to schedule an appointment.