Internet Resources for California Businesses
Home page, operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with
links to legal and regulatory information, and plain English guides for
starting a business, handling finances, managing employees, and other
CIA, The World Factbook
U.S. government profiles of countries and
territories around the world.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC site with basic introduction to employers’ rights and
responsibilities under the federal equal employment opportunity laws.
Federal agencies (through Library of Congress site)
A Library of Congress resource page with links to most federal agencies.
Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
Part of the U.S. General Service Administration, the FCIC’s Small
Business Links offer information for persons planning or owning small
businesses, including information on procurement, taxes, woman- and
minority-owned businesses, human resources, and financial and legal
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Home page with links to statistical data, pertinent regulations, and
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Home page. The current FRBSF discount rate, used to determine the
usury ceiling in California, is posted at
Federal Trade Commission
Home page for businesses, with links to business publications,
advertising guidance, fair packaging and labeling, antitrust law guide,
and other topics. Information concerning the Hart-Scott-Rodino
pre-merger notification requirements is at
The official web portal of the U.S. government, with links to
information on contracting with the U.S. government, export licenses,
business financial assistance, and many other topics.
Internal Revenue Service
Home page; access to downloadable IRS forms and publications.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
Home page with statutory, regulatory, and compliance information
regarding nondiscrimination requirements for federal contractors.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Home page with links to reports and other resources for banking
industry professionals as well as public information about the national
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Home page with links to information for small businesses; online
access to proposed and final rules, SEC releases, policy statements, and
other commission notices and information; searchable database of all
electronic company filings since 1994.
SEC Edgar main page, with access to electronic filings and forms.
Small Business Administration
Home page with extensive links to federal and other resources for
Social Security Administration
Home page. SSA forms are available online at
U.S. Copyright Office
Home page with links to copyright registration and other information.
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Link to Antitrust Division Guidelines and Policy Statements.
U.S. Department of Labor
Home page with links to statutory and regulatory information, labor
statistics, small business regulatory compliance assistance, and other
U.S. Department of Labor, Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)
Dictionary of job titles and standardized job descriptions; useful
for job placement, occupational research, career guidance, labor-market
information, curriculum development, and long-range job planning. Last
updated in 1991, the DOT has now been replaced by O*NET Online,
U.S. Department of State
Home page with links to international commercial laws and guides.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Government Printing Ofice
Home page with links to products and services, including online
searchable copies of the United States Code and the Code of Federal
U.S. International Trade Commission
Home page with rules, regulations, reports, and other information,
including an extensive list of links to international trade resources.
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
Home page with downloadable forms and information on patent
applications and trademark registrations.
B. International Sites
Private International Law Database: Trade/Business Transactions Law,
U.S. Department of State
Access to treaties in force for the United States, other
international instruments, and information on current negotiations and
projects concerning private international law. Updated through January
1, 2001. For treaty actions since President Bush took office, see
Electronic Embassy Website
Information on all foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.
Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Secretariat
Home page with link to text of NAFTA.
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
Home page with links to UNICITRAL texts, including conventions, model
laws, guides to enactment, legislative guides, legislative
recommendations, and model contract rules. In particular, this website
includes the text of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the
International Sale of Goods (CISG).
CISG Database at Pace University School of Law, Pace Law Library,
Institute of International Commercial Law
Site dedicated to U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International
Sale of Goods (CISG), with annotated text of CISG, CISG in different
languages, cases organized by countries, and related CISG material.
International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
Canadian System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR)
Home page of the Canadian equivalent to the SEC’s EDGAR. Provides
access to corporate filings of Canadian companies with Canada’s
securities regulatory authorities.
C. Government Sites—California
California Department of Corporations, Securities Regulation Division
Access to forms, departmental publications, Commissioner’s releases,
opinions and notices, franchising information, and other topics.
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Home page; information concerning job placement and referrals,
unemployment insurance, disability insurance, employment and training,
labor-market information, payroll taxes, and other topics.
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
Home page with links to downloadable state tax forms and
California Legislative Counsel
Full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, as
well as their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages.
California Legislative Information
Webpage maintained by the State Bar of California with many helpful
links regarding California’s legislative process, pending bills,
legislative calendar, committees, and other topics.
California Business Legislation Resource
Click on "Legislation" in left-hand menu. Provides links to recent
business law legislative developments, from the State Bar of California,
Business Law Section.
California state agencies
http://ca.gov/OnlineServices/. State of California site with links to California agencies,
departments, and commissions.
California State Association of Counties
Home page with links to all California counties except Tuolumne
County (for Tuolumne County, see its Chamber of Commerce site at
California State Board of Equalization
Home page with access to information about sales and use taxes,
sellers’ permits, forms, and publications.
California Secretary of State: California Business Portal:
Directory of forms and samples for different business filings,
including UCC forms; some in fill-in format.
Corporations main page with links to filing tips to meet statutory
minimum requirements, name availability, FAQs, and more.
Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
LLC main page with links to forms and fees, name availability, FAQs,
Limited partnerships main page with links to forms and fees, name
availability, FAQs, and more.
General partnerships main page with links to forms and fees, name
availability, FAQs, and more.
Limited Liability Partnerships
Limited liability partnership main page with links to forms and fees,
name availability, FAQs, and more.
Trademarks and Service Marks
Trademarks and service marks main page with links to forms and fees,
name availability, FAQs, private service companies, and more.
Links to filing requirements for unincorporated common interest
development associations, unincorporated associations, unincorporated
nonprofit associations, foreign lending institutions, and foreign
California Business Search
Fill-in boxes to check records online for corporations, limited
partnerships, and limited liability companies.
Starting a Business
A step-by-step guide for starting a business in California; available
in English or Spanish.
e-file Statement of Information
Fill-in boxes to file a Statement of Information for a corporation
Notary public main page, with links to topics such as obtaining a
notary public commission, handbook, authentications, apostille or
certification, forms, and fees.
Uniform Commercial Code
UCC main page with links to financing statement forms, amendment
forms, requests for information, revised Article 9 (as of July 1, 2001),
International Business Relations Program
Main page in English or Spanish with international resources and
business tips; intended to assist foreign corporations with various
Business Program Division, New Law Summary
Summaries and links to new state laws affecting businesses.
D. Private Agency Sites
is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and
distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free,
independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and
current students (and other researchers).
ABA Section of Business Law
Home page with links to publications and other resources for business
Site dedicated to helping individual accredited investors, SBICs, and
institutional venture capitalists find small, growing companies through
a secure Internet database, and providing ongoing training and research
for entrepreneurs and small investors.
Small business portal, with links to forms, directories, and
resources on many topics.
American Arbitration Association
Home page with links to rules and procedures.
Free service offering links to annual reports of public companies.
Compliance information and tools for employee benefit plan sponsors,
service-providers, and participants.
Better Business Bureau
The Biz-Tech Network by Brint Institute, LLC
Portal with a meta-index of business, management, and information
technology topics; it also provides search capabilities and full text
articles on related issues.
Business search engine and directory intended to help users find
companies, products, services, and other business-related information;
some features are fee-based.
Business Law Section of the State Bar of California
Home page with links to standing committees, programs, and
Business Week Online
Articles, links, and opportunity to subscribe to free newsletter.
General business news offered by CNN and Money magazine.
Corporate Finance Sourcebook
Link for ordering popular guidebook published by National Register
Publishing. The guidebook features over 1500 top investment sources and
1700 service firms for business entrepreneurs.
Subscription-based website offering research reports on public,
private, domestic, and foreign corporations.
DeVry University Business Administration Portal
Portal with annotated links to a variety of business-related topics.
Dun & Bradstreet
Home page of Dun & Bradstreet. Subscribers can request reports and
run online queries in proprietary databases.
Edgar Online, Inc.
Edgar Online, Inc. is a private company, not affiliated with the SEC,
specializing in the extraction, packaging, and distribution of public
company information contained in SEC filings.
Free access to Entrepreneur magazine articles back to 1997.
Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
Access to FASB Statements of Financial Accounting Standards and other
Findlaw Business Center
Portal with links to articles and guides on starting a business,
taxes and accounting, small business legal concerns, and more. Part of
Garage Technology Ventures
Venture capital fund for emerging technology companies.
Google Small Business Directory
A directory of small business resources.
Hieros Gamos Small Business Center
Portal with links to topics such as starting a business, choosing a
legal structure, and financing.
Subscription-based site with industry snapshots, company profiles,
earnings, and other information.
Home page with information about JAMS mediation and arbitration
services and a search engine to assist in locating qualified mediators
and arbitrators. The website also offers a downloadable guide to dispute
resolution clauses in commercial contracts.
Free database of market research reports representing all market and
MegaLaw.com Small Business Portal
Portal with links to federal agencies and other websites related to
NASDAQ and American Stock Exchanges (mirrored site)
Comprehensive current information on market performance and
National Association of Attorneys General
Association of the attorneys general of all 50 states, with contact
information and links to enforcement initiatives.
National Association of Secretaries of State, Business Registration
and Filing Services
Access to most state business and corporations divisions from a
National Association of Seed and Venture Funds
Network of private, public, and nonprofit organizations investing and
facilitating investment in entrepreneurs.
National Business Association
Nonprofit association’s site for the self-employed and small business
National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)
Home page with links to members and other resources.
New York Stock Exchange
Comprehensive, current information on market performance and
Free and fee-based small business news service.
Open Directory Project - Small Business
Free site with links to topics such as business plans, finance, home
offices, and start-ups; edited by volunteers.
Private websites offering search services for SEC records