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Starting Your Business
Congratulations! If you have come to this site you have already decided to start a business or are thinking about it.  Either way, it’s an exciting venture that will allow you to be your own boss and bring your own creative vision to the world.

However, before opening your doors or launching your website, a new business requires a lot of planning. There is much to consider – everything from writing a business plan, selecting a location, raising capital and understanding which regulations to follow. Regardless of where you are in the process, the information provided in this section will help you move closer to launching a successful business.

There are more than 6,200 businesses located in San Mateo, and the City’s Office of Economic Development encourages entrepreneurs and other new businesses to explore San Mateo as the ideal place for your business. San Mateo is the largest city on the Peninsula and provides easy access to all points of the Bay Area. Businesses such as Curry Up Now, You Tube, Talbots and many others started in San Mateo and have grown by leaps and bounds. 

If you have a great business idea or have questions about doing business in San Mateo, please contact the Office of Economic Development by emailing or by calling (650) 522-7000.

San Mateo City Hall – 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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