Starting or Building a Business

Business and Marketing Plan

Successful businesses have written plans. Start with the Small Business Development Center then continue your analysis with our available resources online at


  • Small Business Development Center at CSUB
    1631 17th Street #200, (661) 654-2856 •

Scout Potential Locations

Whether looking for raw land, entitled land or existing space for lease or purchase we can help. Start with our Planning Department and Tehachapi Area Assoc. of REALTORS®


Secure Funding

Do you need financial assistance? Along with SBA, our local banks and regional partners can help. Use your business plan to assist you in working with these professionals to see what funding and opportunity might be available for you.


Start Permit Process

The permit process can often seem daunting but we’re here to help. Start by visiting our own Planning and Building Department and contacting these other agencies as needed.


  • County of Kern Environmental Health Div.
    2700 M Street #300, Bakersfield, (661) 862-8701 •
  • State Board of Equalization
    1800 30th St #380, Bakersfield, (661) 395-2880 •
  • Department of Alcohol Beverage Control
    4800 Stockdale Hwy #213, Bakersfield, (661) 395-2731 •

Network with Other Professionals

Get out there and mingle a bit with other business owners and professionals by joining and/or attending regular community meetings. Here are some organization that you might enjoy.


Advertise Your Business 

Let the public know about your new or expanding business by advertising with local publishers. Choose from a variety of print options and/or take your business online. 


Celebrate Your Success

Ready... Set... Go! Open your business with a splash by letting the City of Tehachapi or these great organizations know if we can help with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting.