Business Services

Welcome to Fullerton

Fullerton is a dynamic community with a rich heritage and a vibrant Downtown. An increase in new housing, high-density apartment living and an influx of developments helps Fullerton continue to grow and evolve while retaining its small town feel. A continued focus on education and a thriving economy makes Fullerton a great place to live, work and play. For more information, visit the Official Web Site of the City of Fullerton.

Planning a Renovation or Tenant Improvements?

The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce works with the City of Fullerton to promote economic growth through various programs and endeavors. Specifically, the City of Fullerton offers businesses support through EDAT (Economic Development Action Team). The City of Fullerton created EDAT in 1993 to provide high-level customer service to businesses considering expansions or relocations in Fullerton. EDAT is composed of five senior staff members from different departments as well as relevant outside resource partners such as the Chamber. During the introductory EDAT meeting, questions are answered and process details clarified; streamlining the approval process so businesses can open for business faster and easier. Ultimately, EDAT’s objective is to begin building a relationship with the business that will serve as a foundation for future success and growth in the City of Fullerton. The Chamber often refers prospective and current members to EDAT before signing a lease to make sure all parties have the information they need regarding permits and processing and can make an informed business decision. EDAT meetings are free and require zero paperwork, to learn more about the value of an EDAT meeting, please call Nicole Bernard, Economic Development Manager at (714) 738-4102 or email

Resources & Information

May 22: New Statewide Commercial Recycling Law
May 10: Governor Brown Declares May ‘California Small Business Month’
April 23: NLRA Posting Requirement Stopped For ow
April 16: Supreme Court Ruling for Employees’ Meal/Break Requirement
April 10: Job Killer Bills List
April 4: How to Trade With Korea Under the FTA
March 28: CalChamber Announces Job Creator Bills
March 6: CalChamber Updates FAQ on NLRA Poster Requirement
February 16: Why Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense
January 19: SCORE Offers Free Evening Business Counseling
January 17: 2012 California Employers’ Guide & Federal Unemployment Tax Act Credit Reduction

Business Start Up Guide

Congratulations! You’ve decided to start a business. For over 100 years the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce has been here for business. The Chamber is dedicated to the economic vitality and prosperity of our members and the community.

One of the most confusing and intimidating aspects of starting a business is the tax and licensing process on the local, state, and Federal level. It is very important to comply with the necessary agencies now to avoid possible trouble in the future.

To assist you in the process, some helpful resources have been assembled below.

Basic Start Up Requirements

If your business is within the city limits, you will need a business license. You may also need a permit issued by the Police Department. Contact the city for more information.

In the event your business is located in an unincorporated area, you may need a county business license.

Government Assistance

You may wish to contact the following agencies to find out what State and Federal requirements your particular business is required to adhere to.

Remember, it is your responsibility, not your accountant or attorney to adhere to the regulations that your business may require.


Before finalizing your business location, contact the planning department to determine the zoning designation for your proposed site, and make sure it complies with your intended usage.

Fictitious Business Name

If you will be naming your firm anything other than your own name (i.e. Best Plumbing instead of Joe’s Plumbing) it is necessary to file for a Fictitious Business Name with the county clerk.

Business Structure

If you are filing as a corporation, limited partnership or other business structure you must register with the Secretary of State/Business Programs Division, Business Entities.

  • Secretary of State/Business Programs Division
    Business Entities
    1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 657-5448

Selling to the City of Fullerton

If you would like to be placed on the City’s vendor list, please email a letter of introduction to

Your letter should include:

  • Company Information (address, phone, etc.)
  • Contact Information (representative’s name, etc.)
  • Description of the type of goods and/or services your company provides

You can also fax or mail your information:
Fax: (714) 738-3168, Attn: Purchasing
Mail: City of Fullerton, Attn: Purchasing, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

For questions and more information, please contact Margot in Purchasing:(714) 738-6535.

The U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent federal agency created to counsel, support, and champion small businesses. It provides a wide range of financial, management training, procurement and research services to the small business community, as well as offering assistance to minorities, women, and handicapped.

  • SBA — Santa Ana District Office
    200 W Santa Ana Blvd., Ste. 700
    Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 550-7420
    Fax (714) 550-0191

Small Business Development Center

The Orange County SBDC’s services include training, access to resources, and no-charge, one-on-one, confidential consulting covering business development, operations, marketing, financing, and government and corporate contracting. Workshops, seminars, and conferences are offered on a variety of topics including access to capital, traditional and online marketing, and sales. Our dedicated team has guided small business owners and entrepreneurs to achieve success. For more information please call (714) 564-5200.


SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small business. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). Over 10,500 successful executives, located in 389 local chapters throughout the United States and its territories, volunteer to provide free, confidential business counseling and low cost workshops as a public service to all types of businesses, in all stages of development. SCORE is the best source of free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea to start-up to success. For more information please call (714) 550-7369.