These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of contract, business, or intellectual property law. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.
California Lawyers for the Arts
City of Sacramento: Open for Business
Provides education, representation and dispute resolution for artists and arts organizations. Also manages the Sacramento Mediation Center.
Information, links and incentives for business owners considering locating in Sacramento.
CalGOLD: Business Permits Made Simple
Enter type of business, county, and city for a list of required permits and agency contacts.
The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.
Business.gov (U.S. S.B.A.)
Resources for business start-ups in California and nationwide.
Sacramento Mediation Center
Provides confidential and neutral conflict resolution assistance to individuals, families, businesses, organizations, neighborhoods, and government agencies. Also provides mediation training.
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RESEARCH GUIDES AND STEP-BY-STEPS
Guides and resources from around the web:
Contracts and Business Law
- ABA Guide to Consumer Law, American Bar Association
Free e-book covering the fundamentals of contract law, bars to a contract, and special contract terms as well as many specific consumer topics.
- Businesses and Nonprofits, USA.gov
Find resources on starting and managing a business, selling to and buying from the government, exporting, importing, and much more.
- Government Contracting Classroom, Small Business Association
SBA has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies.
- Small Business Law, Findlaw.com
Information on a wide array of business topics, including starting a business, incorporation, taxes, employment law, business contracts, and more.
- US Copyright Office
- US Patent and Trademark Office
- Manual of Patent Examining Procedures
Practices and procedures for examiners of patent applications.
Full-text patent searching since 1976; full page images since 1790. Policies, procedures, and forms.
Trademark search engine, policies, procedures, forms, and online applications.
- Trademark Manuals, Guides, Official Gazette
Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP), Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (ID Manual), Official Gazette (OG) , Trademark Examination Guides, Design Search Code Manual
- Law Library of Congress: Patent Law, A Beginner's Guide
Extensive list of print and online resources for learning about patent law.
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Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.
The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.