New Local Businesses in Sacramento

Starting a new local business in Sacramento is a monumental task, but can be accomplished with footwork, perseverance and knowledge. One must learn the local laws regarding businesses and figure out the dynamics to creating and running a successful company. The primary consideration a new business owner must take into account is the fact that Sacramento does not require the establishment of a city business license. Instead it requires a business operation tax account, which is paid annually.

Steps to Starting a Business

1. Figure out what type of business to start.

  • Does said business require a license?
  • Is there a lifelong dream project of interest?

2. Determine the startup costs.

  • Assess the amount of capital it will take to build this business.
  • Are there any unforeseen costs that can accrue?

3. Assess the competition.

  • Where is this competition located?
  • Is the market saturated?

4. Find a location.

  • Establish an office or storefront.
  • Furnish with necessary equipment.

5. Obtain the necessary paperwork.

  • Choose a business name.
  • Register the business with the state.
  • Obtain a business operation tax certificate.
  • Get insurance on the business.

6. Advertise.

  • Website with SEO optimization.
  • Social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Business cards.
  • Flyers.
  • Radio or TV spots.

Types of Local Businesses Recognized by the City of Sacramento

1. Sales & Services

  • Selling items.
  • Providing a service.
  • Fees are assessed annually from gross receipts.

2. Professional.

3. Broker.

  • Any broker of any kind.
  • Flat rate fee based with the addition of employees.

4. Commercial Rental.

  • Owners of commercial property such as business buildings.
  • Annual fee based on the total of gross rent.

5. Residential Rental.

  • Owner of four or more rental units.
  • Fee assessed by gross receipts.
  • Must file with the Rental Inspection Program as well.

Obtaining a Business Operation Tax Account

1. Determine if the business will be operated out of a residence. If this is the case, the business will require a home occupation permit. This one time fee due at the same time as the business operating tax application and fee.
2. Apply to the Revenue Division of Sacramento. Your fees will be processed and the applications will be forwarded to the Community Development Department.
3. Approval of zoning occurs next. If approved, a business operations tax certificate will be mailed to the company’s address.

Building the Funds to Start an Operation

1. Choose a franchise. Many franchises are either for sale or can be established. These companies often have plans to help an entrepreneur start a business with loans.
2. Attempt to get a loan from a bank or credit union.
3. Leverage already existing property such as getting a vehicle title loan for a car.
4. Find silent partners who will invest for shares in the company.

Companies That Require Special Permits

1. Taxis require a number of forms for each of the following for the fleet association, vehicles, drivers and law enforcement.
2. Towing requires an application to start a towing company, a vehicle permit and forms for law enforcement.
3. Food trucks require a driver and vehicle application as well as forms for the police department.
4. Medical marijuana has a plethora of paperwork and goes through moratorium periods.
5. Numerous others such as billiards, fireworks tents, astrology and Christmas tree lots require permits as well.

Starting a business in Sacramento is not a process that should be taken lightly. Knowing what business would be good for the area and the owner are both important aspects of this venture. Many businesses fail, but the one’s that succeed are those that assessed the market and made proper decisions along the way.

5 Signature Sacramento Cocktails


Cocktails are coming back in a big way, and Sacramento has seen a surge of new bars and signature drinks coming through. While it’s hard to beat a good Old Fashioned, there are some truly unique drinks coming out of the city that are simply signature Sacramento. Here are five you need to try today:



Served at Grange, home of Executive Chef Oliver Ridgeway, this culinary event carries on its menu specialties beyond its expertly prepared plates. The shrub is a gin drink that adds in champagne vinegar, pink peppercorns, basil, lemon, and prosecco. Plus, local California strawberries. After all, nothing is better than fresh strawberries. The whole thing makes for a slightly pleasantly tart and herbaceous drink that’s a perfect compliment to a plate of buffalo pork ribs or beer steamed mussels.


Krakow Salt Mine

Sliding across the bar at the Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar, you’ll find the vodka drink under the “juicy” section of the bar menu. It features apple cider lemon, ginger beer, simple syrup, and kosher salt. It’s a cocktail that will seem familiar in flavor in that kind of way where you can’t place it, and that’s exactly the point. Enjoy a zingy riff on on profile you know you love, and maybe try some rabbit bolognese if you’re feeling adventurous.


Cin/Van Old Fashioned

Hook and Ladder does an Old Fashioned that might as well be dessert – in the best possible way. Starting off with a splash of bourbon that’s just recently returned to the US, this fresh twist on a true cocktail classic substitutes the sugar cube for cinnamon vanilla syrup and splashes on some aromatic vanilla-ango bitters. It’s not necessarily a sweeter drink that it’s spicy but subtly fruity older brother, but familiar vanilla makes it warm and reassuring – perfect for letting your meal settle or just for a quality drink at the end of a long day.


Venezuelan Sour

The Shady Lady Saloon is arguably the city’s best spot for cocktails, and they rotate them out seasonally. That means the Venezuelan Sour might not be there for too long, but there’s no doubt you’ll bind something amazing to replace it. If you can get there while it’s still on the menu, though, this upscale spin on the sour drink is well worth it. Mixing fresh lemon juice, rum, a pinch of sugar, a dash of vanilla extract, and egg whites, this sweet, tart, frothy drink is a little familiar, a little exotic, and a lot refreshing and delicious.


Habanero Hottie

At Pour House, beer is often a feature, but if you glance a bit lower on the menu under the “swill” section, you will find some truly incredible craft cocktails. The Habanero Hottie uses habanero infused tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, honey, and lime to bring you a tongue tingling and surprisingly sweet sensation. It’s not as scary as it sounds, but it’s certainly not a drink that likes to be ignored. If you order one for yourself, be prepared for it to be the main event.

Sacramento Places for The Fall Weather

Autumn is one of the most glorious seasons here in Sacramento. The trees come alive in a riot of fall color, making the already beautiful scenery sing. There are many spots you can go to in and around Sacramento to more fully appreciate the beauty of fall. Here is a look at the best places in Sacramento to enjoy the fall splendor.


Apple Hill


If you ask Sacramento residents to name their perfect spots for a fall outing, the chances are that they will mention a trip to Apple Hill somewhere on the list. The Apple Hill Growers Association is a Sacramento institution that consists of more than 50 apple farms around the area. They are all open to the public for pumpkin and apple picking. One of the most popular members of the Apple Hill Growers Association is Dapper Dan’s, where visitors can delight in picking more than 50 kinds of apples.


Take in a River Cruise


One of the most gorgeous ways to enjoy a beautiful fall day is to take a cruise on the Sacramento River. A river cruise on the Hornblower is a phenomenal way to bask in the splendid foliage that lines the banks of the river. The cruise is not only visually appealing, but you will learn a lot of fascinating Sacramento history as well. Make sure to remember to bring your camera to capture the stunning views.


Have Fun at the Pumpkin Farm


The climate in Sacramento is perfect for growing pumpkins, which explains why there is an abundance of pumpkin farms in the area. Many of them are open to the public, and Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm is definitely one of the best. They have so many fun things to do, including train and wagon rides, pig races, a corn maze, a petting farm, crafts and loads of great food.


Bask in the Beauty of Capitol Park


As the state capital of California, Sacramento is home to a gorgeous capitol building that adds a sense of grandeur to the fall foliage. If you want to take one of the most iconic photographs in California, get a picture taken with the capitol building in the background when the fall color in Capitol Park is at its peak. One of the loveliest spots in Capitol Park is the World Peace Rose Garden. There are 650 rose bushes in this garden that come alive during October with their second bloom of the season.


Spooner Summit


One of the lesser-known spots to enjoy the fall colors is Spooner Lake. Although most locals are aware of its beauty, many of them keep Spooner Summit’s majesty a secret from visitors. The spot abounds with aspen trees that explode with color every autumn. You can find the Spooner Summit rest area at the junction of US Highway 50 and Nevada State Route 28. If you want to get an even better view, park your car and take a hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail. The views along the trail are beautiful all year, but they become simply magical during fall.


Fall is a great time to be in Sacramento. Make sure that you take some time to explore the most scenic areas of town every autumn. It is time well-spent that will satisfy your soul and recharge your batteries. Visit the spots on this list next time you are ready to experience the fall beauty of Sacramento.

ShotSpotter and what it can do for Sacramento, CA

What is ShotSpotter?

In Sacramento, CA officials are looking at and raising money to install several systems to pinpoint gunshot locations to better protect the streets. A gunshot locator or gunfire location system; also known as ShotSpotter, is a device that uses optics and acoustics to locate where a gun has been fired, the information is then relayed onto a map giving its general location. These sensors are usually used by law enforcement, the military and security companies.


The facts

Having lived in Sacramento most of my life I’ve heard my fair share of gunfire. In 2011 California had the highest gun related murders at 68%. 4,638 were suicide and 3,752 were murder. That is even with California’s strict gun laws. More than 80% of gunshots are not reported to 9-1-1. That is a measly 20% being reported.

ShotSpotter has been installed in 46 different cities and when the data was analyzed between all the cities all 46 saw a median of 12.8% reduction of gunfire with in a year. San Francisco, Ca being down a whopping 38.6% all on its own. Because of Sacramento, CA many budget cuts to their police departments, ShotSpotter would allow the police force to do more with less. It would be an aid to their efforts to clean up the streets and make the neighborhoods safe again. More college age students would feel safer about enrolling and attending their classes knowing that the police would get there quicker if there ever was an attack. From 1999 to the present there have been a total of 16 gun related incidents at schools, 41 injuries and 13 fatalities. While that is in the whole of California, it is important to remember that gun crime doesn’t just happen in Sacramento. These are just a few reasons why ShotSpotter would be a great addition to Sacramento’s police force.


How would ShotSpotter help the City of Sacramento?

    • Keeps the police safer
    • police would be able to respond to victims of gun crimes even if they don’t call 9-1-1
    • quicker response time
    • a better idea where the gun crime is in an area
    • help keep kids safer
    • More arrests due to quicker response time
    • Less criminals on the street due to quick arrests
    • Less illegal gun ownership
    • repeat offenders will be caught…again
    • more gun crimes will get solved or better yet they won’t even happen
    • safer schools or public hangouts


How it has helped already?

In June of 2015 the first ShotSpotter was installed. Since its installation 454 gunshots have been detected but only about 90 shots have been called in. Most times the victims don’t report being shot either. The City of Sacramento Police are currently asking for $165,000 to keep ShotSpotter going in South Sacramento and are asking for $210,000 to install it in North Sacramento. Think about how much this system would help aid the police in protecting our neighborhoods, our kids! By installing this system, the police would be able to prevent more crime instead of responding to it.


Golden 1 Center Opens to the Kings

The Golden 1 Center recently opened to much fanfare as it hosted the preseason home opener of the Sacramento Kings. In addition to serving as the home of the franchise, it will be a special event center hosting concerts and large conferences. It is expected to increase the revenue potential for the owners of the Kings as well as help boost the economy of Sacramento.


The New Arena Keeps Up With Current Trends


Golden 1 Center is much like Levi Stadium in Santa Clara and AT&T Field in Dallas. The homes of the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys are more than just places where fans can watch the home team play. They also feature museums and places where fans or just everyday residents can get married. The goal of new stadiums and arenas is to offer something for everyone who goes there whether they are rooting for the team or not.


How Will It Impact the Kings on the Court?


While the new arena may attract fans this season because it is new and a relative unknown, it may not help the Kings play any better. They are still a franchise that is bereft of talent both on the court and among the coaches on the sideline. The owners are also seen as relatively stingy, which means that they care more about making a profit than whether or not they win a championship.


It Could Help Lure Free Agents


Although it may not help this season, the promise of a new arena and the facilities that go with it could help to lure free agents to the team. They will need to build around franchise center DeMarcus Cousins, who is being wasted on a team that consistently loses 50 or more games a season. Players may also tempted to join the team because they can make money fast. Unless they are paid higher than a market rate, there would be little other reason to join the franchise.


College Teams Will Play at the Arena as Well


In addition to Kings games, there will be college basketball contests featured at the arena. One matchup involves San Diego State taking on California in what should be an interesting game between regional rivals. Conference and NCAA tournament games may also be held there in the future. This will give basketball fans who are turned off by the King’s recent stretch of poor play the ability to see players who may join the team in the future via the draft.


Getting to the Arena is Relatively Easy


There are multiple ways in which fans can get to the arena in a convenient and affordable manner. First, it may be possible to take advantage of the rail and bus lines that are now being routed to within walking distance of the Garden 1 Center. There are also bike racks and walking paths that those close by can use to get to the arena without the need to drive, or there are dedicated pick-up and drop-off spots for those using ride sharing services.


If you are a Kings fan, a basketball fan or just looking for something to do, the Garden 1 Center may be your destination of choice. With ease of transportation and the hottest events in the country, there will always be something in town worth doing.

Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

On September 25, 2016, golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away. The longtime golf champion was 87 years old. He died while waiting for a heart transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Palmer was admitted three days prior complaining of heart pains.


On Thursday, September 29, Palmer’s ashes were laid to rest in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where a private funeral service was held for friends and family. The ashes were taken in a plane and spread over his favorite golf course at Latrobe Country Club. His ashes took one last flight over his hometown.


But something startling happened the day of his funeral. The day started cloudy and stormy but gave way to sunshine. In between the misty rain and the sun came a rainbow. The brilliant rainbow spanned the entire sky and was visible to all. It seemed that Arnold Palmer was saying goodbye to everybody that attended the funeral.


But it wasn’t just the people who knew him dearly that mourned his passing. At the time of his death, the Ryder Cup was taking place. The competition pits American golfers versus British golfers for rights to the cup. The usually upbeat and intense competition took on a much more somber tone as news of the passing spread.


Arnold Palmer himself was a part of six Ryder Cup championships for the American side. His 22 victories during the Ryder Cup competition still stands as a record. The history of all this was not lost at the golfers of the competition. Some of the golfers remarked that they would use his passing as inspiration for performing better while others simply expressed sadness.


Palmer was a legend that transcended his sport. His effervescent personality brought the game to life during the television era when he won seven major championships in the 1950s and 60s. Without Arnold Palmer, golf might not be as big as a sport as it is today.


Palmer continued to be an ambassador for the game long after his heyday. He continued to compete on the senior circuit and took on the immense challenge of popularizing the game with every generation. The consensus within golf circles is that he succeeded incredibly well.


But Arnold Palmer’s life extended farther than golf. He was an avid pilot, keeping a pilot’s license for 50 years of his life. In fact, his prowess in the air inspired the town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to name its airport after him — The Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.


His fear of flying is what inspired him to get his pilot’s license. This kind of take the bull-by-the-horns attitude is what made him so famous throughout the world. He racked up over 20,000 hours of flying experience to achieve his pilot’s license despite his crippling fear.


And he never strayed far from home. He was married to his first wife for 45 years until she died of ovarian cancer. They made their home in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and he never left. This down to earth legend will be missed.