New Businesses

We'll Help You Get the Word Out!

We at the Amador County Chamber are pleased to help new chamber-member businesses celebrate and publicize openings! The ribbon cutting ceremony offers a special opportunity to meet key leaders in the Amador County community as well as your neighbors. This ceremony is conducted by the Chamber’s Directors and members, and is a benefit that is included with your membership.

What the Amador County chamber will do for you:

  • List your event on the Chamber Website Calendar
  • Publish a photo of your event in the Chamber eNewsletter
  • Provide the scissors and organize the event
  • Create an event flyer
  • Send an event photo to local paper
  • Provide you with a complimentary digital photo of your event

What you should do to ensure a successful event:

  • Contact the Chamber at 209-223-0350 at least 30 days in advance
  • Fill our Ribbon Cutting request form
  • Invite your clients and friends
  • Provide beverages and snacks
  • Offer an incentive to attend, such as a discount on merchandise or some special offer for that day only

Ribbon cutting events may be scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 10 am and 5 pm. For an extra fee, we can provide celebratory scissors, a commemorative photograph, and a local newspaper announcement.

These ceremonies require planning, so please contact us at least 30 days in advance at 209-223-0350.

New Business Checklist

If you’re starting your own business and need a “To do” checklist, these tips may be helpful.

  • Create a business plan.
  • Do research on the type of business you want to open and consult with experienced professionals who are in similar lines of work.
  • Learn what legal entity you must become. (Sole-proprietor, incorporated, partnership, etc.)
  • Think of a business name.
  • Contact the local paper, the Amador Ledger Dispatch to file a fictitious business name statement.
  • Buy a business license in the city your business will reside in.
  • Check with the county on zoning and ordinance requirements.
  • Apply with the Employment Development Department for a state employer id number.
  • Contact the IRS for a federal identification number.
  • Contact the County Office for any additional permits or license requirements.
  • Create a marketing and advertising plan.
  • Create a financial forecast for opening a new business and a plan of action to support your business while its growing in the upcoming year.
  • Make sure to buy insurance.
  • Obtain a POS system or a method for accounting.

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