Step 5. Protect Your Business Name - 'FBN' OR 'DBA'

Every person who regularly transacts business in the state of California for profit under a fictitious name shall file a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement, otherwise known as Doing Business As (DBA), no later than 40 days from the time he or she commences to transact such a business.

For more information and forms: Office of the County Clerk

Check your Business Name to make sure that the business name(s) you wish to use for your business is not currently registered with the City and County of San Francisco

Place to File and Register:
County Clerk, City Hall, Rroom 168
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tel. 415-554-4950
Fax: 415-554-4951

Copyright, Patents and Trademarks - Register your patents and trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). File for copyright protection from the Library of Congress, US Copyright Office.

Step 6. Finance the Business



Small Business Assistance Center, City Hall, Room 110, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-554-6134 Office Hours: M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM