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Before you get your business license, find a location or buy supplies, it's important to plan out your business.

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Before you get your business license, find a location or buy supplies, it's important to plan out your business. This will help you understand how much money you will need and how much money you will make over the next few years. Having a business plan can prevent you from going into credit card debt and or experiencing other kinds of financial hardship.

Business Plan Templates

Local Business Plan Classes and Advisors


The City of Oakland's business development staff can also help you learn more about your potential market including:

  • Neighborhood profiles
  • Demographic reports
  • Industry sector reports
  • Traffic counts
  • Sales tax trends
  • Local taxes and costs
  • Labor force information
  • Major employer information