Useful Links

A collection of links to Federal, State, County and government websites with useful information for businesses.  

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The Desert Sun Newspaper

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

La Quinta Chamber of Commerce

Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce



State Tax Information Center

Franchise Tax Board

Department of Consumer Affairs

Contractor's State License Board

Secretary of State


IRS Website

2008 Tax Tables

Small Business Administration


CPA - Related

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

California Society of Certified Public Accountants

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Forensic CPA Society

National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts


Riverside County

Riverside County Tax Assessor



Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) were created in the United States to provide special customs procedures to U.S. plants engaged in international trade-related activities. Duty-free treatment is accorded items that are processed in FTZs and then re-exported, and duty payment is deferred on items until they are brought out of the FTZ for sale in the U.S. market. This helps to offset customs advantages available to overseas producers who compete with domestic industry.


Coachella Valley Innovation Hub works to provide a wide variety of programs, services and incentives to start-up businesses focused on creating and developing clean technology. Clean technology may encompass the fields of solar energy, wind power, geothermal and smart grid technologies, as well as green building materials and techniques, biofuels/biomaterials, and water filtration and conservation technologies.


The CalWORKs program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size. Most able-bodied aided parents are also required to participate in the CalWORKs GAIN employment services program.


SCORE offers FREE confidential business counseling from over 30 volunteer counselors. These successful executives and small business owners represent over 1,000 years of experience in all areas of business. Sign up for low-cost SCORE workshops for both new and existing business entrepreneurs. Local business experts conduct training across a variety of relevant subjects including starting and financing a business, business plans, marketing, human resources and much more.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.


Coachella Valley Women's Business Center is committed to developing thriving, sustainable, women-owned businesses that achieve and create economic prosperity through entrepreneurship. The mission of CVWBC is to counsel, teach, encourage, and inspire women business owners at every stage of development and expansion. The center assists men as well as women, and encourages both genders to seek out services in order to ultimately strengthen the economy of the Coachella Valley. Information courtesy of Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. For more information, please visit