Economic Development

Start a Business in California

The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce has developed a comprehensive checklist for entrepreneurs. The SCCC checklist will help you determine how successful your California business will be. We welcome you to bookmark this page for quick reference. If you have any questions about starting a business in San Clemente, please email the SCCC or call us at (949) 492-1131.

Checklist for Starting a New Business

  1. List the reasons you wish to start a new business.
  2. Identify the niche the business will fill and answer the following questions:
    • What services or products will you offer?
    • Is the idea practical?
    • Will your business fill a need?
    • What companies will your business compete with?
    • What advantages will your business provide that other companies do not?
    • Is there an existing demand for your business?
    • What skills and experience do you have that are relevant to your business?
    • What will the company‚Äôs legal structure look like?
    • How will you maintain business records?
    • What type of insurance is necessary?
    • What equipment and supplies will you need?
    • How will you generate profit?
    • What financial or other resources do you have?
    • What financial or other resources do you need?
    • Where in San Clemente will your business be located?
    • What will you name your business?