Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Keep in mind my bad news is building my dream and not really bad at all. So, bad news, there's a lot to do to start a business.
The good news is the city and state employees of beautiful Napa, California are so much nicer (and easier to get a hold of) then in New York.
Federal EIN number aka Tax ID ...check.
Fictitious business name aka DBA (doing business as)....check.
Newspaper ad stating fictitious business name....check. Seems pointless to me but what do I know.
Business bank account....check.
All of the above done in the last 48 hours.
Business license and state food handlers license tomorrow I hope.