General Business Assistance

State of California

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.

This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits.

Office of Small Business Advocate
The Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) advocates the causes of small business and provide small business owners with the information needed to succeed in the California marketplace.

US Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Part of the Ventura County EDC-SBDC, the Los Angeles Regional Network, and the national Small Business Administration (SBA). We provide individualized consulting and training to new and growing businesses. More info.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Volunteer organization offering assistance with management, financing, contracts, and advocacy through seminars, counseling, and workshops. More info.

The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SCEI) is a leader in the advancement of excellence in entrepreneurship education and practice, and offers an entrepreneurial center in the Santa Barbara area, serving its diverse students and business community.

Small Business Entrepreneurship Center

402 E. Gutierrez St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 879-1729

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

Local business support organization. Provides business start-up kits, advocacy and marketing services. More info