Small Business Resources Guide

Legal Resources

Read and Research Legal Information

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal forms, reference books, and how-to instructions for various legal issues. Search State-specific legal forms by topic.

Legal Issues

Legal reference resources for small businesses.

Legal Resource Websites

CalGold: Permit Assistance

Find out what permits are needed for a given type of business in California.

Small Business Law

Contact a Business Law Attorney or read articles from

Small Business Regulations (SBA)

Documents published in the Federal Register that may significantly affect small businesses.

More Legal Resource Websites

Doing Business with Santa Clara County

Resources for vendor registration, procurement, public records requests, contract information, insurance requirements, and more.

Santa Clara County: Fictitious Business Name Filings

Ensure that consumers have access to the true name and address of your business by filing a Fictitious Business Name Statement.

Trademarks: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Learn about trademarks and search the TESS (Trademark Electronic Search System) database.

NOLO: Patent, Copyright, & Trademark Center

Find intellectual property information from protecting your inventions, ideas, and product names to the public domain and fair use rules.
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