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Phase 3: Launch your business in San José
Congratulations! You’ve successfully started or expanded your business in San José. Now you may be asking yourself, “What’s next?”
How do I stay in compliance with City regulations?
Keeping informed is an important step to staying in compliance with City regulations.
For all companies conducting business in the City of San José (including foreign businesses), the City requires business
within 45 days of operating a business in San José. Business registration must be renewed each year.
Once operating, businesses such as restaurants, food service companies, and dental offices need to comply with annual
inspections or permitting
. For example, pollution prevention, fire and other inspections are required for
. Dental offices must submit an
on amalgam waste disposal.
Joining a local professional association or chamber may be a good way to keep current with ongoing requirements for your line of business. Accountants, lawyers, human resources consultants and other experts are available to help owners operate their businesses.
What are my go-to resources once I open or expand my business?
The City and its business assistance partners can help with continued coaching on such tasks as hiring, expansion and other business needs.
offers one-stop shopping for finding local business assistance, including location assistance, procurement opportunities, green assessment tools and an online resource library.
The City has a wealth of business assistance information at its
offers guidance on labor market information, On-the-Job-Training (OJT), and tax credits and incentives.
The City’s Office of
(OED) provides assistance for business success, including advocating for arts and culture and other business-related assistance.
Effective March 11, 2013, the City’s
Minimum Wage Ordinance
requires employers to pay a minimum wage of $10 per hour for work performed within the City. Beginning January 1, 2014, annual cost-of-living increases, if any, also apply.
San Jose Downtown Association
CalCPA Silicon Valley/San Jose Chapter Public Resources
Santa Clara County Bar Association Public Directory of Attorneys
Northern California Human Resources Association
offers home-based businesses and businesses in converted homes information on rebates, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and lowering utility bills.
guidance on hiring and labor market information.
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