• Starting and operating a business can be daunting because of the steep learning curve. The good news is many resources are available that provide a wealth of information about permits, licenses, forms, regulations, and much more. Begin with the websites and organizations listed here and you'll be well on your way to becoming an entrepreneur.

  • Organizations Organizations

    Sierra Economic Development Corporation - (775) 784-4436
    Offers funding for both small business startups and existing businesses.

    Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
    Truckee: (530) 582-5022 | Carson City: (775) 283-7122
    Provides a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

    Sign up for SBDC business counseling services.

    El Dorado County Business Services
    South Lake Tahoe: (530) 573-3492
    Offers reimbursement for on-the-job training and hiring of both youths (17-21 years of age) and adults.

  • Starting a Business Starting a Business

    How to Start a Business in South Lake Tahoe
    Refer to this guide for information about agency contacts, forms and instructions to start a business in the Lake Tahoe South Shore region (CA and NV).

  • Labor Law Compliance Labor Law Compliance

    Labor law compliance is extremely important for every business. We offer affordable California labor law posters for your business. Click here to review your options and to order the most current posters available. For additional information about changing labor laws, as well as other legislation in California and Nevada, visit our Government Affairs page.

  • Energy Efficiency for Business Energy Efficiency for Business

    As a business owner, you’re always looking for ways to run your business more efficiently. And Liberty Utilities is looking for ways to help our customers be more energy efficient. Learn about their Business Incentives and find ways to save money with Everyday Energy Conservation Tips.

  • Water Conservation Water Conservation

    Recent water restriction efforts in California include table tents for restaurants that explain to patrons that water will only be served upon request. Table tents are available for download courtesy of South Tahoe Public Utility District to display to patrons in your establishment.

    Click here to download the table tents for use in your business

  • Monthly Workshops Monthly Workshops

    Monthly workshops help business owners and employees stay current on the latest technology, trends and issues. Past topics have included social media, reputation management, graphic design, customer service and many others. Our calendar is continuously updated with upcoming workshops and seminars.

  • More Resources More Resources

    If you are starting a business in the State of California, more information is available with the California Secretary of State. For help on a business plan, another great resource is the Small Business Administration.  

    California businesses can learn how to protect information online with the Cybersecurity in the Golden State guide from the California Department of Justice Attorney General and the California Chamber of Commerce.

    California Community Colleges offers several resources from its partners, including SalarySurfer, LaunchBoard, Interactive Resource Maps and the California Career Cafe. Find out more about these tools and resoures in this guide.

    SCORE® is a nationwide organization of active and retired business men and women who volunteer their services to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs. SCORE® provides free business counseling and offers free and low-cost workshops on a variety of business topics. For businesses in the State of Nevada, contact the Nevada Score® Reno Chapter. For businesses in the State of California, contact the California Score® Sacramento Chapter