Starting Your Small Business

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Are you an entrepreneur?  Have you thought of starting your own small business?  Do you need some assistance with learning about what information is available to you?  Then let the City of Chino help! The City’s Economic Development staff is here to help you get started.

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The City partners with many agencies that provide assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs. Many of these partnering agencies have valuable information to help you learn more about what you need to succeed as a small business owner.
Resources and information available include:

  • The Chino Business Resource Center (Chino BRC) provides a place to attend workshops and seminars; meet with a business consultant at no cost; and access the Business Plan Library, which includes resources on how to write your business plan, as well as other information to help you get started.  (Business consulting also available in Spanish.)
  • The County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency provides valuable information about doing business in San Bernardino County.
  • California State University San Bernardino’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE), a resource dedicated to providing entrepreneurship education; training; research; internships; and other valuable tools to help you become a successful entrepreneur, such as the Four Keys to a Successful Startup.
  • Public utilities such as Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) offer assistance and incentives to businesses.
  • The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities to network with the business community and increases exposure for businesses in the Chino Valley. The Chamber also provides business counseling through members of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives).
  • The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in nearly 80 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.
  • California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is a nonprofit consulting company whose sole mission is to assist Southern California manufacturers to improve profits, stimulate growth, create and retain jobs, and improve productivity.
  • Chaffey College Department of Economic Development provides assessment, identified needs, and develops training to enhance employee skills and promote the economic wellbeing of the businesses served, thereby creating effective collaborative partnerships between the college, area businesses, and government agencies focusing on the economic development opportunities and resources within the region.
  • The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IE SBDC) is the region's premier provider of business consulting and training services for the existing and aspiring business owner.  The SBDC delivers quality consulting, instructive and relevant training, and complete resources to over 5,000 business prospects every year.  The SBDC mission is to help you build better business.
  • University of Riverside Extension provides on-site custom training programs at your work site, or will work with you to assess the training needs of your team and tailor a program specifically for your organization.
  • The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA or California Communities) is a joint powers authority sponsored by the California State Association of Counties and The League of California Cities.  The mission is to provide local governments and private entities access to low-cost, tax-exempt financing for projects that provide a tangible public benefit, contribute to social economic growth and improve the overall quality of life in local communities throughout California.
  • The Employment Development Department (EDD) offers no fee State payroll tax seminars, designed to help employers comply with State payroll tax laws. These seminars are customized to benefit everyone - established businesses, those just getting started, individuals anticipating going into business, payroll agents - and the instructors encourage audience participation.
  • CalGold offers assistance in finding the appropriate permitting information for your business.

For additional assistance and to learn more about tapping into your entrepreneurial spirit, please contact the City of Chino’s Economic Development Division at (909) 334-3254.

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