Business Resources

 
 
 

Business Resources

 

Where Do I Go...

To File Fictitious Name Statements:
Los Angeles County Registrar/RecorderBoard of Equalization
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, California 90650
562.462.2177

For Health Permits:
Los Angeles County
Environmental Health Services
(all food and drink establishments)
12400 Imperial Highway, Room 5209
Norwalk, California 90650
562.466.5168

For Fire Regulations:
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Prevention and Conservation Bureau
19030 Pioneer Boulevard
Cerritos, California 90703
562.860.8014

For Internal Revenue Services:
IRS
(Federal Employer Identification Numbers & Employer Tax Guide)
800.829.1040

Occupations Safety & Health Administration
OSHA
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
800.321.OSHA (6742) 

For Social Security Information contact:
Department of Health and Human Services
Social Security Administration
12311 Firestone Boulevard
Norwalk, California 90650
800.772.1213

For La County Assessor
LA County Assessor
500 W. Temple St. Room 225
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2770
888.807.2111

For Air Quality Management contact:
SCAQMD
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, California 91765
909.396.2000

Board of Equilization
For Wholesale Licenses:
Board of Equilization
12440 E. Imperial Highway, Suite 200
PO Box 409 
Norwalk, California 90650 
562.466.1694

Where Do I Go?

A "one-stop" shop designed to assist Norwalk Chamber Members and the entire Norwalk business community in realizing the benefits and resources available through the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.

The Norwalk Chamber Business Resource Center is designed as a multipurpose informational center for new and experienced business owners, as well as the community at large. The Business Resource Center offers numerous resource materials, marketing opportunities, technology access and an open door to the business community.

Resource Materials
For the prospective and new entrepreneur, the Center houses a variety of resource materials such as business start-up kits, business plan outlines, tax and fee information, as well as targeted materials for specific business needs, such as restaurants, service, retail, manufacturing, import/export, etc.

In addition to printed materials, the Chamber works collaboratively with the Small BusinessDevelopment Center (SBDC) representatives to bring “hands on” presentations and counseling opportunities to the Center to assist Norwalk businesses. A library is also available with books, periodicals, business journals, and audio/visual programs to further expand the Center's informational resources.

Marketing Opportunities
Local realtors are asked to provide flyers and brochures promoting available commercial properties. In addition, all Chamber members are encouraged to promote their business through business cards and brochures that are displayed in racks within the Business Resource Center.

Technology Access
Computers, containing word processing and related software capabilities, are provided for Chamber members to use. In addition, one of the systems provides Internet access. With these facilities, Chamber members who are visiting the office or who do not have computing facilities in their business offices will be able to "surf the net," and use the word processing and spreadsheet software that is available on the Center's computers.

Community
Norwalk community groups also have the opportunity to promote their programs and events through the Business Resource Center.

Here are some helpful links for State, Federal and Local Agencies:

  • Have you tried to find out whether businesses like the one you want to open are doing well in Norwalk?
  • Do you have experience in the type of business you wish to start?
  • Does the area need a store/service/business like yours?
  • How much money will you need to get your business started?
  • How much of your money can you put into the business?
  • Do you know if your suppliers will extend you credit - the people you buy from?
  • Do you know where you can raise the rest of the money you need to start your business?
  • Have you figured out what net income per year you expect to get from the business?
  • Have you developed a formal business plan?
  • Have you presented your plans to a banker?
  • Have you found a good location for your business?
  • Can people get to it easily from parking spaces, bus stops or their homes?
  • Have you checked with the City Planning Division about the zoning required for your business?
  • Do you know what licenses & permits you need?
  • Do you know what business laws you have to obey?
  • Do you know a lawyer to go to for advice and help?
  • Have you planned a system of records that will keep track of your income and expenses?
  • Have you figured out how to keep your payroll records and take care of tax reports and payments?
  • Do you want to own a business badly enough to keep working long hours without knowing how much money you will actually make?
  • Have you worked in a business like the one you want to start?
  • Have you ever had any business training in school?
  • Does your family support your plan to start a business of your own?

If you answered all these questions YES, you've done some hard work and serious thinking. But, opening the front door and shouting, "come buy my product or service" isn't enough. Approximately 80% of all new business ventures fail in the first two years. The successful enterprise is one which is started because of deep interest or experience of its organizers. The single most important element in success is education or experience in the area of management. Nine out of ten failures could be prevented if the owners have a better understanding of the management skills and practices necessary to run a business successfully. For more business resources: www.business.gov

Start a Business

The following steps have been prepared to assist new business owners in meeting the municipal requirements to start a business in the City of Norwalk. 

WHO MUST OBTAIN A BUSINESS LICENSE?

All persons or companies conducting business in the City of Norwalk are required to obtain a Business License (N.M.C. Section 5.08.010). Included in these requirements are residential landlords (renting four or more units), retail stores, wholesalers, manufacturers, self-employed, professionals, building contractors and home based businesses.

REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS NAME

All businesses are required to register their Business Name with the County Registrar-Recorder office. 

SELLER'S PERMITS/RESALE PERMITS

Any type of business that involves sales must obtain a Seller's Permit/Resale Permit atState Board of Equalization before applying for Business License.

HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS

Businesses operating from a residence must obtain a Home Occupation Permit prior to applying for a Business License.

HOW MUCH DOES A BUSINESS LICENSE COST?

The fee for each Business License is established by resolution of the City Council. A tax rate schedule is on file in the Finance Department for your information. A $65.00 investigation, inspection and processing fees is also required if the business is operating from a commercial area in the City of Norwalk.

WHEN ARE BUSINESS LICENSE FEES DUE?

A Business License must be obtained prior to the commencement of business operations. Business owners are responsible for submittal of a business license renewal form or a new business license application and payment of all fees by December 31st of each year to renew the license. 

HOW LONG IS A BUSINESS LICENSE VALID?

Business License fees are due ANNUALLY based on a calendar year and expire on December 31st of each year. The City of Norwalk will mail each business owner a renewal notice in November of each year. 

ARE BUSINESS LICENSES TRANSFERABLE?

Business License Certificates are not transferable. New business owners must apply for their own business license and may not use the business license of a previous owner.

OTHER INFORMATION

Business activities are subject to the requirements of State, County, and City Municipal Codes. If you have further questions concerning the location of your business, fees, zoning, parking requirements, signs, building permits, utility connections, and engineering requests, please contact the City of Norwalk. We look forward to providing you with information that will be of assistance in locating your business in the City of Norwalk.

Building Permits - (562) 929-5733
Business License - (562) 929-5713
Community Development - (562) 929-5744
Engineering - (562) 929-5723
Finance - (562) 929-5750
Public Safety - (562) 929-5732
Public Services - (562) 929-5511
Utility Billing - (562) 929-5766

Professional Services:
$65 base fee, plus $6 each for first to fourth employee, and $3 for each five to twenty-five, and $1.50 for each thereafter. 

Services, Home Occupations and Trades:
$37.50 base fee, plus $6 each for first to fourth employee, and $3 for each five to twenty-five, and $1.50 for each thereafter.br />
Contractor and Subcontractor:
Basic flat rate of $75.00 per year. 

Retail/Wholesale:

 
Base Fee
Additional Per 1K
0-15K
$20.25
Minimum Payment
15-40K
$20.25
$.54
40-65K
$33.75
$.41
65K-115K
$46.65
$.27
115K-215K
$57.38
$.20
215K-515K
$77.63
$.17
Over 515K
$128.50
$.135

OTHER SUPPORT AGENCIES

NORWALK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
12040 E. Foster Road 
Norwalk, California 90650 
(562) 864-7785 
www.norwalkchamber.com

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 550-7420
www.sba.gov

COUNTY AGENCIES

FILING FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENTS
Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, California 90650
(562) 462-2177
www.lavote.net 

HEALTH PERMITS
Los Angeles County
Environmental Health Services
(All Food & Drink establishments)
12440 Imperial Highway, Room 519
Norwalk, California 90650
(562) 345-6800
www.lapublichealth.org/eh 

FIRE REGULATIONS
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Prevention and Conservation Bureau
19030 Pioneer Boulevard
Cerritos, California 90703
(562) 860-8014 

FEDERAL AGENCIES 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES
(Federal Employer Identification Numbers & Employer Tax Guide)
(800) 829-1040
www.irs.gov 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
12440 Imperial Highway
Suite 170
Norwalk, California 90650
(562) 929-1565
www.socialsecurity.gov 

STATE AGENCIES 

AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT
SCAQMD
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, California 91765
(909) 396-2000
www.aqmd.gov 

STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
12440 Imperial Highway
Suite 200
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 466-1694
www.boe.ca.gov

Professional Workshops

The Norwalk Chamber understands the challenges of running a business and how important it is that business owners stay current with the latest standards, both on a local and state level. The Chamber offers Professional Workshops throughout the year that help our members to stay current and to continue improving their business.

Ongoing workshops are offered at the Chamber office by the Small Business DevelopmentCenter covering everything from putting business plans together to how to use marketing and advertising to human resource issues.

Check out our Calendar of Events for the next scheduled workshop.