• Working From Home: A home office can be a great place to start a business, especially if you provide a service. However, you need to know the rules to make sure there aren't any restrictions on operating your particular business from your home. Also be sure to check with you insurance agent and tax advisor about other possible requirements. Click here to find out more.
  • Commercial Space: San Jose has over 100 million square feet of built commercial/industrial space and finding the right one can be tough. Through our partners at SVEDA, Silicon Valley Online provides access to a searchable database of available commercial listings. Click here to find out more.
  • Zoning: All business locations must be in a zone suited to the type of business to be conducted. You may also need a development or use permit depending upon your location which could be more limited than that applicable zoning requirements. Click here to find out more.

Find a Location:

Finding the right location to house or operate is critical to ensuring your success.  What areas or type of space is right for you?  You need to be informed about what you can and cannot do in certain areas to make sure your business is a good fit. 


  • Business Structure: Sole Proprietorship, Inc., LLC, LLP - How is your business organized? Click here to find out more.
  • Business Name: What's in a name? A great name can help your business stand out from the crowd, but you need to make sure you're not infringing upon someone else's business name. Click here to find out more.
  • Business Tax: a business tax allows you to do business in San Jose and must be paid prior to beginning business activity. Depending on the nature of your business you may need additional licenses and permits. Click here to find our more.

Start a Business in San Jose

San Jose is a great location to start a business. The city of San Jose offers one of the most talented and diverse workforces in the world. Starting a business in San Jose not only provides access to our culturally sophisticated market segments, but allows a direct connection to our community.

Things to Consider:

  • Permits and Licenses: Navigating through the variety of city, county, state and Federal rules and regulations can be confusing. CalGold Business Permits Made Simple can help you navigate these requirements and provide easy points of contact for different organizations. Click here to find out more.
  • Workforce: Need to add new workers and get them up to speed quickly? We can help by offering Workforce Expansion Services to businesses located throughout San Jose with free posting of job listing, access to qualified job applicants, pre-employment screening, and use of the any Work2Future One-Stop Centers for seminars, training, information sessions, recruitment, and interviews. Click here to find out more.
  • Business Assistance: The City offers a number of business assistance programs that could benefit your business by offsetting costs or providing access to a variety of different resources. Click here to find out more.

Setting Up:

Getting ready to open your doors?  Make sure you have all the right permits and licenses that apply to you business.  Also consider how the City can help you succeed and support your growth in San Jose.