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Start and Grow Your Business

The City's tradition of custom, high-quality service and efficient management makes Sunnyvale an attractive place to do business. Our Economic Development team partners with the business community to support the economic vitality and diversity of Sunnyvale's business ecosystem.

To get you off to the right start, we're here to help with information, tips and links to help guide you through the process of starting or changing your business. Follow the steps below to get your business on the road to success.

IMPORTANT: Before you sign a lease or purchase a property, contact our Economic Development team, 408-730-7607, to determine zoning regulations for your intended location.

1. Establish Your Business Basics

  • Prepare your business plan
  • Determine your business structure
  • Register a fictitious business name

2. Verify Your Property Zoning

  • Verify zoning regulations and construction potential
  • Get construction and sign permits
  • Resources

3. Obtain Permits and Licenses

  • Apply for required operating permits
  • Obtain City business license

Additional Business Resources

Business Resources List - descriptions and contact information for government agencies, chambers of commerce and other business organizations.

Workshop Videos

Reach Customers Online with Google (YouTube) - Learn how Google Search works and how to improve your website's visibility.

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps (YouTube) - Learn how to set up your Business Profile on Google and make it easier to find on Google Search and Maps.

Make Your Website Work for You (YouTube) - Learn to build a website for brand awareness and keep customers engaged.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2021