Everything Albany - For Businesses
For Businesses

Resources

 
City of Albany
Visit the City of Albany website,
www.albanyca.org, for information and links to Business Licenses, Permits and Fees
 
Albany Business Associations
Become an active member of your business community by networking, getting referrals and building business.
 
Albany Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 6434
Albany, CA 94706  
(510) 525-1771

http://www.everythingalbany.com/
 
Solano Avenue Association
(510) 527-5358

http://www.solanoavenueassn.org/
 
 
Alameda County
  • File a Fictitious Business Name with the County Clerk’s office.   www.acgov.org.
  • Food and drink businesses get Health Clearances from Alameda County, www.acgov.org
 
State of California
  • Register a trademark, service mark, or trade name, with the California Secretary of State, www.sos.ca.gov
  • Payroll tax information, forms and reporting requirements can be found at the California Employment Development Department, www.edd.ca.gov
  • State tax return information and filing, plus seller’s permits from the State Board of Equalization, www.boe.ca.gov
 
Federal Agencies & Requirements
  • Before doing business or hiring your employees, you will need to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN), by applying online with the IRS, www.irs.gov.
  • Your workers need to fill out a Form I-9, an Employment Eligibility Verification form.
  • You must also get workers’ full names and Social Security Numbers (SSN). An ITIN number (which is only available to individuals that are not eligible for U.S. employment) is NOT acceptable in the place of a SSN.
  • Workers need to fill out and sign a Form W-4, an Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate form, if they want withholding allowances.
 
Establishing Your Business

  • Pacific, Gas and Electric (gas, electric), (877) 743-7782, www.pge.com
  • Waste Management (garbage), (888) 906-7428, www.wm.com
  • StopWaste.org (recycling, food scraps recycling now MANDATORY), www.stopwaste.org
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District (water), www.ebmud.com
 
Ready to Succeed?
 
Assemble a team of professional experts:
  • Accountant: Get professional help on your tax returns to ensure that they are completed accurately.
  • Attorney: Hire an attorney to aid in looking over your lease before you fully commit to the space, and to deal with any other legal issues that may arise.
 Establish a network of mentors:
  • SCORE: www.eastbayscore.org: Confidential in-person or online counseling, mentoring; many services are free; seminars
  • Alameda County Small Business Development Center, www.acsbdc.org: free and confidential services to assist small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering, technical problems, feasibility studies, workshops and seminars throughout the County
  • Minority Business Development Agency’s Minority Business Centers: www.mbda.gov: Increase access to capital, contracts, new markets for minority-owned firms
 
Green & Sustainable Resources
 
Smartlights: 
http://ebenergy.org/commercial-services/smart-lights-program/
  • Aids small businesses in becoming more energy-efficient, by doing comprehensive lighting retrofits, refrigeration tune-ups, controls, seals replacement, replacing domestic hot water heaters, etc.
  • Provide free non-obligation energy-efficiency assessment, technical assistance
 
California Green Business Program: 
http://www.greenbusinessca.org/
  • Registering as a “Green Business” signals that your business is recognized as an environmental leader, operates efficiently
  • Provides your business with a marketing edge, positive reputation in the community
Sustainable Business Alliance: www.sustainablebusinessalliance.org
  • SBA is a business association committed to building a vibrant community of locally-owned, sustainably-minded businesses in the East Bay. 
SF Bay Area Green Chamber of Commerce: www.greenchamberofcommerce.net
  • The Green Chamber of Commerce is a growing and diverse sustainable business network focused on building an honest economy and championing triple bottom line business.