Starting a New Business – Resources

City of St. Helena – Permitting and General Plan information


Small Business Assistance

Your nearby Small Business Development Center has been established to help business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs succeed. Their goal for new business owners is to help them do the careful planning required to minimize the risks of launching a new enterprise. The Napa Valley College Small Business Development Center provides Professional Business Counseling, Excellent Low Cost Workshops, Information & Resources and an Annual Rx for Business Program.

Napa Valley College Small Business Development Center
2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. Bldg 330, Napa, CA 94559
Tel. (707) 256-7250
Fax.  (707) 253-3068


Fictitious Business Name Statement

Publish the notice with a local newspaper and file and affidavit of publication with the County Clerk within 30 days of publication.

Napa County Clerk – Recorder
900 Coombs Street, Room 116, Napa, CA 94559
Tel. (707) 253-4246


Newspapers qualified to publish fictitious Business Names

Napa Valley Register
1615 Second Street, Napa, CA 94559
Tel. (707) 226-3711

St. Helena Star
1328 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
Tel. (707) 963-2731

Weekly Calistogan
1360 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515
Tel. (707) 942-4035


Apply for a State Employer Tax Identification Number

If your business will pay wages, contact the tax office for a State Identification #. Contact them also for disability insurance tax, state withholding tax, and unemployment insurance tax.

California Employers Tax Guide (Form #DE 44) 

Tax Office50 D Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Tel. (800) 852-5711 FREE
Forms (800) 338-0505 FREE