One-stop shop for business licenses in L.A.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – City Councilman Eric Garcetti today announced a partnership with the online company Docstoc to offer prospective business owners in Los Angeles free access to the company’s one-stop shop for business licenses.

Those seeking to open a business in the city will be able to go to the website, where they can download necessary city, county and state permitting documents, rather than going to each jurisdiction separately or physically.

Users will have to access the site from Garcetti’s city website in order to gain free access.

Depending on the needed documents, business owners could save the $30- $40 it would otherwise cost to use the service. However, users can potentially save hundreds of dollars in time by not having to figure out which permits are needed and chasing them down individually, Garcetti said.

“I want entrepreneurs to know that L.A. is open for business, and License123 will help potential business owners access information that once took a huge amount of time, or even a paid lobbyist, to gather with just a few clicks of a mouse,” said Garcetti, who chairs the City Council’s Jobs and Business Development Committee and is running for mayor.

“L.A. must get aggressive and innovative about creating jobs to help our families pay the bills and to generate revenues to put cops on the street and parks in our neighborhoods,” he said.

Docstoc and License123 founder and CEO Jason Nazar said he was “excited to be teaming up with the city of Los Angeles and Eric Garcetti’s office to remove this hassle for our city’s businesses.”

Garcetti announced the partnership at Link-n-Hops, a specialty sausage and beer restaurant in Atwater Village, whose owner, Andy Hasroun, touted the benefits of obtaining all of the required business permits via one location.

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