Starting Your Business

Those who live and work on the Leading Edge have a keen entrepreneurial spirit, so it should come as no surprise that business formation rates high here. Local cities and public agencies offer a wealth of resources to assist new entities to get off on the right foot.

  • The Small Business Development Corporation offers a wide range of classes and seminars aimed at providing small businesses with the information they need to succeed. Classes cover everything from writing a business plan to balancing the books and are held regularly throughout the region as well as in the SBDC’s two regional offices in Bakersfield and Santa Clarita. Find out more
  • The Governor’s Office of Business Development (GO-Biz) has a wealth of ideas for budding entrepreneurs. They’ll walk you through the steps required to set-up the most appropriate business entity (sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, LLP, or corporation); registering your business with state and local authorities, choosing the right location, equipment and resources; and offers tips on managing your business and its employees. You’ll find all the details at
  • The Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free counseling to help startups get through their early stages. Additional information on the SCORE program and local affiliates can be found at
  • The Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale publish helpful guides for small business with a wealth of information on how to set up a successful business venture. Other cities within the region also hold special events and seminars aimed at entrepreneurs. Visit each city’s website for additional details, at