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Board of Equalization
The California Board of Equalization (BOE) collects sales and use tax from California businesses engaged the sale of tangible property. They also collect on items with special taxes, such as tobacco and motor vehicle fuels.
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) administers licenses for alcoholic beverage sales, including licenses for restaurants, bars, retail stores, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, as well as temporary events.
Department of Business Oversight
The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. DBO regulates a variety of financial services, products and professionals. DBO oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and travelers checks, and premium finance companies. Additionally, DBO licenses and regulates a variety of financial businesses, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, deferred deposit (commonly known as payday loans) and certain fiduciaries and lenders. The Department regulates the offer and sale of securities, franchises and off-exchange commodities.
Department of Food and Agriculture
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) maintains multiple subscriptions lists on topics ranging from general CDFA news to specialized interest areas, such as the agriculture of specific crops, plant health, and dairy interests.
Department of Industrial Relations
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners and helps their employers comply with state labor laws, including matters of Cal/OSHA and workers’ compensation.
Employee Development Department
The California Employee Development Department (EDD) programs include Unemployment and Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, jobs and training, payroll taxes, and labor market information.
Franchise Tax Board
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is California’s primary tax collection department. The FTB collects state personal income tax and corporate income tax and their mission is to help taxpayers file tax returns timely, accurately, and pay the correct amount for fund services important to Californians.
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is the lead state agency for the assessment of health risks posed by environmental contaminants. OEHHA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment through scientific evaluation of risks posed by hazardous substances. OEHHA implements the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Proposition 65, and compiles the state’s list of substances that cause cancer or reproductive harm. The Office also develops health-protective exposure levels for contaminants in air, water, and soil as guidance for regulatory agencies and the public. These include public health goals for contaminants in drinking water and both cancer potency factors and non-cancer reference exposure levels for the Air Toxics Hot Spots Program.
Secretary of State
The California Secretary of State (SOS) Business Entities Division maintains business filings for corporations, limited liability companies, and general partnerships.
State Controller’s Office and Unclaimed Property Division
The California State Controller’s Office’s Unclaimed Property Division provides guidance to businesses who may possess unclaimed property.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as the State of California's leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz partnered with the State's Information Technology Leadership Academy 22 to create the California Business Portal.