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Welcome to the LA Business Portal

The LA Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business. Try our Start Up Guide to quickly map out how to register your new business and be compliant. Explore a rich library of content and resources to help you manage and grow your business.

Small businesses are essential to our city’s economy. The LA Business Portal is here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.



You know what running a successful business will look like, but you may need help to get there. Browse featured organizations, websites, courses, guides, incentives, and tools to help you on your way.

Resources and Incentives

From networking to financing, there are many business resources and financial incentives to help start and grow your business. Explore what’s available for you.

City Departments

You’re not alone. City Departments are there to help you with everything, from gathering information to obtaining permits and licenses. Call, drop by, or visit their website to find the information and advice you need.

BusinessSource Centers

There is no substitute for expert advice. Visit a BusinessSource Center near you for help with growing your business. Receive hands-on guidance on business planning, taxes, marketing, and much more.

Learn how to get certified to work with the City!

Accessing BCA is a recurring workshop held every month to educate the business community on the programs of the Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA).

Build Your Capacity

Plan a Business

You’ve come up with a great idea and want to turn it into a great business. What's next? Learn more about what it will take to get your business up and running.

Plan a Business
Start a Business

You’ve decided to start a business and now it's time to legally register it. Use the Startup Guide or review the Starter Kits to see if a quick how-to-guide is available for your type of business.

Start a Business
Manage a Business

Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

Manage a Business
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Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

Grow a Business

City Business Services

Business License (BTRC)
ADA Guidance
Free In-Person Business Resources
City Planning

LA Business Navigator

We know that starting a business is not easy. It’s even more difficult when you don’t know where you’re supposed to go or what forms you need to fill out. The LA Business Portal changes that. A “one way in” for business owners, the Business Portal was designed to be a comprehensive resource to help you get your business off the ground — from how to register your business to how to access the resources available to you to help you succeed and grow.