| Doing Business in Santa Monica
This section is
intended to be a source of information for
businesses looking to come to Santa Monica,
as well as for businesses already here. If
you can't find what you need below, please don't hesitate to
contact the City of Santa
Monica Economic Development team via
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at (310) 458-8906.
NEWS & EVENTS
FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES...
Sustainable Quality Awards
2011--Weds, April 27th at 11
at Sheraton Delfina.
For more info + tickets,
business and non-profits
in areas of solar, energy
efficiency and audits.
The CEWTP program assists in
preparation for the NABCEP,
BPI, HERS, CALCERT, RESNET ,
and others. Offered by
College's Workforce and
Economic Development Office.
cycle of training begins on
the following dates at the SMC
Solar, Part 1 (First of 3
(Saturday 9-5): Intro
to Energy Efficiency and
Auditing, Part 1 (First of 3
For more info,
Campus, 3171 S. Bundy
to Santa Monica--Produced
Santa Monica Alliance,
partnership of the City of
Santa Monica and the Santa
Monica Chamber of Commerce,
to guide your business to
you're looking for the ideal
home to establish your
business, or for competitive
ways to grow, you can rely
on the Santa Monica
Click here > > >
Also be sure to check out
our NEW SM Alliance website:
AVAILABLE FOR SMALL
10,000 Small Businesses is a
$50 million initiative,
launched by Goldman Sachs
Group, Inc., to help unlock
growth and job creation
potential of 10k small
businesses across the US
through greater access to
education, financial capital
and business support
services. Loans of
$50,000 - $400,000 are
available. For more
know that the
IRS Small Business Tax
Small Business and Self
Employed Tax Center
contains info on starting a
business with links to
events, IRS Forms, etc.
Restaurants Tax Center
has tax tips and trends and
statistics for the
Restaurant industry. For
stats on the Entertainment Industry, check out
Entertainment Tax Center.
They even offer a
Virtual Small Business Tax
designed to assist the new
small business owner learn
tax rights and
available on DVD).
Call For Artists
Art Carts Available for
Rent on the Third Street
For more information,
visit our Space +
Opportunities section of
this site (click
Business Assistance for
Santa Monica Retailers!
The Santa Monica Small
Business Development Center
counseling, Quick Community
low cost business-growing
planning and customized
business reports to assist
with short and long-term
Click here to download the
flyer. For more
contact (310) 434-3566.
Santa Monica first!
Many of the everyday items,
services and specialty products that you may head out of
town for are right here at home - in Santa Monica! And your
purchases are doing more good than you think - buying local
supports a sustainable Santa Monica, nurtures the community
and keeps dollars in Santa Monica's economy. For more information on Buy Local
Santa Monica, to sign up to the campaign, fill out a survey
or find a local
and sign up to be a Fan
or follow us @www.twitter.com/buylocalsm!
Monica Businesses Voted "The Best Places to Work in L.A!"
to the following Santa
Monica companies, who
were recently featured
in the LA Business
Journal as "Best
Places to Work in LA"--Bryan Cave LLP,
Inc., M David Paul & Associates, Morley Builders,
Murphy O'Brien Inc., The
Phelps Group and RAND
Corp. The award ceremony took place on
August 4, 2010 at the Biltmore Hotel.
to the 2010 Sustainable
Quality Award Winners!
The Grand Prize
went to Co-opportunity and
Natural Resources Defense
Excellence in Stewardship
award winners: Pacific
Park, , Sheraton Delfina,
Community Church and West LA
Print; Excellence in
award winners: Gensler,
Living Homes, Sheraton
Universalist Community Church, West LA Print.
Excellence in Sustainable
award winner: Flair
Cleaners. For more
customer service training for local
am Santa Monica"
interactive workshop designed to encourage
and empower Santa Monica businesses and
their employees to become better informed
about Santa Monica and all it has to offer.
It's a great opportunity to promote your
business, provide free training to your
employees and to connect with the community
where you work. To learn more,
SANTA MONICA BUSINESS INFORMATION,
ADVICE AND SUPPORT
Monica Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
Finding a Property in Santa Monica--a list
of commercial brokers
a Business in Santa Monica (Flow Chart) -
Use this chart to familiarize yourself
with the City's regulatory process BEFORE
you sign that lease!
Business in Santa Monica Made Easy"--Useful
information for opening a business in Santa
Monica, including an overview of planning,
zoning, permits, licenses and
sustainability. Material presented at
a recent "Doing Business" workshop held by City
in collaboration with Santa Monica's Small
Business Development Center.
Useful Contacts for Local Businesses
Small Business Toolkit
Climate - Economics & Demographics
Economic and Demographic Profile
For further information or statistics on Santa Monica,
to view the City of Santa Monica 2009-2010
Community Profile. If you require
additional information, contact us at
EconDevel@smgov.net or call (310) 458-8906.
Fees, Licenses and Special Districts
Business Classifications--For business classifications and fee
categories, see Section VI in the
Business License Information--Contact information: (310) 458-8745 or email:
If you have a business in certain retail areas
of the City,
you may benefit from being associated with a
business improvement district. Likewise, if you own
property within certain assessment areas, or
have a triple net lease, you might need to pay assessments. The category "Taxes" includes Transient
Occupancy Taxes, Sales Taxes, and Utility
Taxes. See above for more info on Business License taxes.
You might be subject to
other taxes as well; it's best to consult
your tax advisor, accountant, or industry's
professional organizations to determine
which will apply.
Downtown Mall Assessment District and
Parking Developer Fee
Districts or Areas:
Downtown Santa Monica Property Based Assessment
Bayside & Downtown Mall Operations &
Central Business District
Main Street Business Improvement Area
Main Street Lighting and Sidewalk Cleaning
Montana Avenue Business Improvement Area
Pico Boulevard Business Improvement District
Environmental & Public
Your source for information relating to
building permits and City services such as
Engineering and Public Works, Solid
Management, Street Maintenance, Utilities,
and Green Buildings Design and Construction
Construction Approval Process A
helpful guide if you need to do
Business Going Green: certification,
free consulting, grants and awards programs.
Environmental, Recycling and Sustainable
Environmental Health and Food Safety
The Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health conducts retail and wholesale food
inspections for the City of Santa Monica.
This site contains
a variety of environmental health information
for businesses, including food safety
guidelines, food inspection results
Signage Requirements--To determine what kind and size of
signage you may use for your business,
we recommend that you review the Sign Code
section of the Municipal code.
find out what zoning applies to your
business location see the
Zoning District Map and GIS Information.
For further details on the City's
Zoning Regulations And Districts
For further information, please contact the
Planning Department at (310) 458-8341
Transportation Management Office Division
The City of Santa
Monica and local businesses are committed to
working together to improve air quality and
reduce traffic congestion in Santa Monica.
Ordinance 1604 was designed to help reduce
commute trips made by employees. It applies
to businesses with 10 or more employees.
This link also provides advice on ride
sharing, parking permits and traffic
management plans. For more
information, contact (310) 458-8291.
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