Here’s How to Start a Business in All 50 States in America

 

 

General Steps to Starting a Business

There are a few general steps you need to take to start a business once you’ve identified your business idea.  One of the first steps is to decide whether you will be operating as a sole proprietor, a Limited Liability Corporation, a partnership, etc.  From there you will want to decide on your business name and then register your Federal tax ID.  You can do this by acquiring an Employer Identification Number (EIN)—also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number (you can use your social security number if you are a sole prop or a single member LLC even though it is recommended that you get an EIN).  You will need a Federal Tax Id in order to open a business bank account.

 

ALABAMA

 

Birmingham, Alabama

Best Cities for starting a business in Alabama

There are several cities in Alabama that are great for starting tech startups and traditional.  Cities like Birmingham and Huntsville are growing hubs for tech companies. They offer both governmental policies and private startup accelerators will help new businesses thrive while smaller towns like Athens and Meridianville are promising towns to start smaller, more traditional businesses.

  • Birmingham
  • Huntsville
  • Mobile
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Montgomery
  • Athens
  • Meridianville

 

How to Start a Business in Alabama

Business registration:

Alabama Secretary of State
(334)-242-5324
Alabama State House
11 South Union Street, Suite 119
Montgomery, AL 36130

Forms You May Need:

You can see a list of possible forms required on Alabama’s download page.

Tax Registration

Visit  Alabama Business Tax Online Registration System in order to complete your tax registration.  Alabama has a number of state and state-administered local taxes required so you should familiarize yourself with those taxes in order to verify which apply to your business.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

The Business Licensing page by the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Local Permits & Licenses

You will need to check with your local city or county office or website for information on local permit and licensing requirements.

 

 

 

ALASKA

Best Cities for starting a business in Alaska

Alaska is primarily a fishing, transportation as well as oil and gas industry state.  Bigger cities such as Anchorage and Fairbanks offer servicing opportunities in those industries.  Other cities such as Juneau and Sitka offer business opportunities as well due to their larger population in relation to the rest of the state.  New entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a non-industrial business in smaller cities may look into online businesses.

  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Juneau
  • Sitka
  • Ketchikan

How to Start a Business in Alaska

First, register your business with the state:
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.
(907) 269-8160
550 W 7th AVE, STE 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567

Complete Tax Registration

The Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division’s site has all of the information you need know what type of taxes your business will be responsible for.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

You will need to visit the Alaska business licensing page to obtain all applicable licenses needed to start your business. 

 

 

ARIZONA

Best Cities for starting a business in Arizona

Arizona has ranked near the bottom amongst the worst states to start a business according to Arizona Independent Daily.  However, according to the Kauffman Foundation, Arizona ranks 4th on their Startup Activity Index—Twenty-Five Largest U.S. States by Population list.  This is good news for the residents of Arizona as they continue to see new entrepreneurs launch businesses of all kinds.  

This startup activity has led to Arizona becoming known for creating several startup hubs around the state.  Include a corporate tax rate of about 4.1%, Arizona and you can see why starting a business there is becoming more attractive.

  • Scottsdale
  • Tolleson
  • Sedona
  • Wickenburg
  • Prescott
  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Flagstaff
  • Tempe

 

How to Start a Business in Arizona

First, register your business with the state:

Arizona Corporation Commission
(602)542-4251
1200 W. Washington Street.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Complete Tax Registration

Arizona’s Department of Revenue’s website site has all of the information you need know what type of taxes your business will be responsible for.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit Arizona’s Business One Stop to obtain all applicable licenses needed to start your business.  

Check for local permits and licenses

In the state of Arizona, you may be responsible for certain local permits and licenses.  You will need to visit local county offices in order to learn more about which local permits and licenses may be applicable to your business due to the fact that each city and town have varying business requirements.

 

 

 

ARKANSAS

Best Cities for starting a business in Arkansas

Although Arkansas ranks low in many categories when it comes to entrepreneurial activity, North Little Rock does rank high on the list of best small cities to start a business.  This coupled with an emerging startup scene in Little Rock offers hope that Arkansas can increase its startup activity in the future.

  • North Little Rock
  • Little Rock
  • Fayetteville
  • Springdale
  • Fort Smith

 

How to Start a Business in Arkansas

First, register your business with the state
Arkansas Secretary of State
(501) 682-1010
Executive Office State Capitol, Suite 256
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

In order to get your taxes in order, you will need to go to the Arkansas Division of Finance and Administration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

While you are completing your tax registration, you can remain on the Arkansas Division of Finance and Administration site in order to get applicable permits and licenses.

Check for local permits and licenses

To learn which local permits and licenses you’ll need to operate your business, you will need to contact the offices of the county where you will doing business.  

 

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco, California

 

Best Cities for starting a business in California

Being the startup capital of the world, California is home to numerous cities that are the ideal condition for starting a business.  California ranks #1 in entrepreneurship activity according to Kauffman Foundation.  Cities like San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego frequently rank in the top 10 of cities and metropolitan areas for entrepreneurs.

California offers several resources for entrepreneurs and also ranks high when it comes to access of capital with Irvine ranking particularly high.  One possible drawback to starting a business is the cost of doing business.  Starting and operating a business in a California city is the highest in the nation.

  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • Irvine

 

How to Start a Business in California

First, register your business with the state:
California Secretary of State
(916) 653-6814
1500 11th Street,
Sacramento, Ca 95814

 

Then, complete Tax Registration
For taxes, you’ll want to visit the California Tax Service Center.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Head over to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to obtain all permits and necessary licenses.

 

 

 

COLORADO

Best Cities for starting a business in Colorado

Colorado is becoming well-known for entrepreneurship due to high startup activity and rate of new entrepreneurship.   Denver has one of the highest rates of business ownership in the country.  While cities like Fort Collins has a low corporate tax rate of 4.63% making it an attractive place for businesses to thrive.  And cities like Colorado Springs have been recognized as unexpectedly business friendly environment due to their tax incentives and resources.

  • Denver
  • Aurora
  • Lakewood
  • Fort Collins
  • Colorado Springs
  • Greenwood Village

How to Start a Business in Colorado

First register your business with the state

Colorado Department of State
(303) 894-2200
1700 Broadway
Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290

Then, complete Tax Registration

Colorado Department of Revenue has the info you need in order to register for applicable taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

You will also be able to obtain the permits and licenses you need on the Colorado Department of Revenue’s site.

 

 

CONNECTICUT

Best Cities for starting a business in Connecticut

Connecticut has several cities that are great for starting a business.  40 miles outside of New York City, Stamford is one of the best options due to its proximity to the Big Apple.  Stamford has also always been known as a economic center. It is home to some of the world’s biggest corporations, including nine Fortune 1000 companies.

Cities like Norwalk are working to increase the number or resources for small businesses and startups while Fairfield offers a Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners with “training, technical assistance, and startup capital needed to create and sustain viable and productive small business. The state ranks in the top 25 in the category of new entrepreneurs.

 

  • Stamford
  • Norwalk
  • West Hartford
  • Danbury
  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport

 

How to Start a Business in Connecticut

First, register your business with the state
Connecticut Secretary of State
(860) 509-6200
30 Trinity Street
Hartford CT 06106

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

For taxes, check out the Department of Revenue’s “for business” page to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit CERC (Connecticut Economic Resource Center) to search for licences that may be required to run your business. 

 

 

 

DELAWARE

Best Cities for starting a business in Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware’s largest cities, has one of the strongest local business communities in the country.  However, the state ranks low (40th place)when it comes to the cost of doing business according to CNBC’s rankings.  

Delaware has built a reputation of being business friendly when it comes to taxes and business law.  The state does not collect corporate taxes from Delaware corporations that do not do business in the state. It also does not tax royalty payments or other “intangible assets.”

  • Wilmington
  • Dover
  • Newark
  • Middletown

 

How to Start a Business in Delaware

First register your business with the state
Delaware Division of Corporations
(302) 739-3073
John G. Townsend Bldg.
401 Federal Street, – Suite 4
Dover, DE 19901

Then, complete Tax Registration

Business Taxpayer Services’ page on the Delaware Division of Revenue’s site has a wealth of information for you and even outlines the steps to take to establish a new business.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

One Stop is the state of Delaware’s business registration and licensing website.  There you can obtain permits and licenses you may need.

 

FLORIDA

Miami, Florida

Best Cities for starting a business in Florida

From the coast to Central of the start, Florida has many cities that are primed for starting a business.  The Orlando area is second fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Miami ranks #1 on the Kaufman Foundations list of Metro Rankings of Startup Activity Index.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg area has also seen a spike of new entrepreneurs and startup communities. The state has no state tax and has a wealth of resources available for new businesses.

 

  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Weston
  • Tampa
  • Kissimmee
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville

 

How to Start a Business in Florida

First, register your business with the state
Florida Division of Corporations
(850) 245-6000
Clifton Building
2661 Executive Center Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

You can register for the following taxes and fees using the Department of Revenue’s online resource located here.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Sunbiz will help you obtain the licenses and permits you need to do business in the state,

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

You may or may not need local permits and licenses to operate your business.  Check the local Florida offices to see if you will need to get additional licenses.

 

GEORGIA

Best Cities for starting a business in Georgia

When comparing the best states in the nation to start a business, Georgia consistently ranks near the top.  The state ranks #8 on The Kauffman Foundation’s Startup Activity Index—Twenty-Five Largest U.S. States by Population list.  Cities like Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Marietta ranks high when it comes to the rate of new entrepreneurs.

Other cities such as Alpharetta offer business opportunities as well.  One survey found that the town with approximately 60,000 residents was home to 9,000 businesses and averaged $6.9 million in revenue per business each year.

 

  • Atlanta
  • Alpharetta
  • Sandy Springs
  • Marietta
  • Columbus
  • Augusta
  • Doraville
  • Dalton

 

How to Start a Business in Georgia

First register your business with the state:
Georgia Secretary of State
(844)753-7825
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

The Department of Revenue’s tax page is where you want to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit the licensing center to acquire permits and licenses. will help you obtain the licenses and permits you need to do business in the state,

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

You’ll also want to stop by the Georgia Municipalities page to get information on any possible permits or licenses you might need to run your business.

 

 

 

HAWAII

Best Cities for starting a business in Hawaii

The island paradise that is Hawaii has had a reputation of being one of worst states in the country to start a business.  Because of the high cost of living and the cost of doing business, starting a business in Hawaii can be difficult. However there are some cities that fair better than others and state is seeing a spurt in technology startups.

Honolulu is by far the best city to start a business in Hawaii due to its population and availability to resources.  One list ranks Honolulu #8 when it comes to access of capital while Pearl City ranks in the top 200 for best cities to start a business.

 

  • Honolulu
  • Pearl City
  • East Honolulu
  • Hilo

 

How to Start a Business in Hawaii

First, register your business with the state
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division

(808) 586-2744
King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, Rm. 201
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

It is recommended that you use Business Express to register your business online.  Using their online tool will help you register your taxes.  If you registered by submitting paper forms, you may need additional forms to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Check the Professional and Vocational Licensing page to learn about which permits and licenses you need.

 

 

IDAHO

Best Cities for starting a business in Idaho

Among the 25 smallest states, Idaho ranks 4th in startup activity.  Making it one of the best smaller states to start a business. Idaho residents also enjoy a lower cost of living and cost of doing business.

A Thumbtack.com survey ranked Idaho an A+ when it came to ease of starting a business and a A in overall business friendliness.

  • Nampa
  • Boise
  • Middleton

How to Start a Business in Idaho

First register your business with the state
Idaho Secretary of State
(208) 334-2301
450 N. 4th Street
Boise, ID 83702

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

Idaho Tax Commission’s website is where you will want to visit in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Head over to Idaho Biz Help to get all appropriate permits and license.  The Business Wizard takes you step-by-step through the registration process.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

Idaho Biz Help also has a list of city clerk offices.  Only incorporated cities and towns have a City Clerk. If your city is not listed, contact your County Clerk or Recorder’s office.

 

 

 

ILLINOIS

 

 

Chicago, Illinois

Best Cities for starting a business in Illinois

In recent years, the state of Illinois has seen a decrease in startup activity.  However, the metro area of Chicago is still a growing area for startups and new entrepreneurs.  This area includes cities like Joliet and Naperville. Other cities such as Oak Brook and Deerfield have a lower cost of doing business while the city of Elk Grove Village offers resources like free one-on-one business consulting.

  • Chicago
  • Oak Brook
  • Naperville
  • Itasca
  • Lincolnshire
  • Joliet
  • Deerfield
  • Elk Grove Village

 

How to Start a Business in Illinois

First, register your business with the state
Illinois Secretary of the State
(217) 785-3000
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

Visit the Illinois Department of Revenue for all of your tax registrations.  

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Illinois.gov is where you want to go to get all permits and licenses for your new business

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

For local permits and licenses to operate your business, visit Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders.  Here you will get a list of counties to contact for more information.

 

INDIANA

Best cities for starting a business in Indiana

Although Indiana has not seen a spike in startup activity recently, the state has ranked high among the best states to start a business.  Indianapolis also ranks 4th best city for women in tech based on gender pay game, jobs filled by women, tech growth and income after housing costs. Entrepreneurs in the state enjoy favorable taxation and regulation laws.

  • Indianapolis
  • Bluffton
  • Fort Wayne
  • Evansville
  • Clarksville

How to Start a Business in Indiana

First, register your business with the state:
Indiana Secretary of State
(317) 232-6531
201 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

The Indiana Department of Revenue’s tax page is where you want to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency  to acquire permits and licenses you need to do business in the state.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

You’ll also want to stop by your county’s municipalities page to get information on any possible permits or licenses you might need to run your business.

 

 

 

IOWA

 

Des Moines, Iowa

Best cities for starting a business in Iowa

Des Moines metropolitan area has been known as a great place for entrepreneurs.  With a history of having a lower cost of living and access to capital, the city offers new businesses an environment in which to thrive.  Although the startup activity in the state of Iowa is not as high as other comparable states, Iowa does boost an higher than average 92% opportunity share for new entrepreneurs.  This means that new entrepreneurs are starting up due to the opportunities as opposed to necessity.

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Des Moines
  • Iowa City
  • Ames

 

How to Start a Business in Iowa

First, register your business with the state:
Iowa Secretary of State.
(515) 281-5204
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

The Iowa Department of Revenue website is where you want to go to complete your tax registration. . You’ll also want to visit State of Iowa Business Tax.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

The Iowa Business License Information Center is your next stop in order to get all of the info you need about obtaining permits and licenses.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

The Iowa League of Cities lists all cities in the state.  There, you’ll want to contact your local offices in order to get information on any possible permits or licenses you might need to run your business.

 

 

KANSAS

Best cities for starting a business in Kansas

Kansas has experienced economic growth in most of its major cities with the exception of Wichita whose economy shrank slightly last year.  This growth has made Kansas a more promising place to start and grow a business.  Wichita, Kansas’s largest city still ranks well when it comes to access to resources and the cost of doing business.  While cities like Overland Park and Merriam provide a great environment businesses to start and grow. The state is slowly climbing the ranks of startup activity among smaller states (currently #15) with a new entrepreneur rate of .30% according to The Kauffman Foundation.

  • Wichita
  • Merriam
  • Overland Park
  • Lenexa
  • Topeka
  • Dodge City
  • Mission

 

How to Start a Business in Kansas

First register your business with the state:
Kansas Secretary of State
(785) 296-4564
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

The Kansas Department of Revenue is where you want to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit the Kansas Business Center has everything you need to get business permits and licenses.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials has a great map that shows the state’s districts.  Just click your district and then your county to get contact information concerning local permits and licenses.

 

KENTUCKY

Best cities for starting a business in Kentucky

Elizabethtown caught many people’s attention in 2014 when it was named #1 for fastest rate of new startups by ThrityFiveEight. Even though the startup activity has slowed down since then, the city and the state of Kentucky is still an up and coming technology startup hub.  Other cities like Lexington-Fayette and Bowling Green provide support for startups and new entrepreneurs. Because of this as well as a low cost of doing business, the rate of new entrepreneurs in the state is constantly increasing.

  • Lexington-Fayette
  • Elizabethtown
  • Bowling Green
  • Louisville



How to Start a Business in Kentucky


First register your business with the state 
Kentucky Secretary of State
(502) 564-3490
700 Capital Ave., Ste. 152,
Frankfort, KY 40601


Then, complete Tax Registration
The Kentucky Department of Revenue is where you can also register your business as well as your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Kentucky One Stop Business Portal allows you to search for the type of permits and licenses you need to do business in the state.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

The Kentucky League of Cities allows you to search for your city in order to contact their offices for more information on city permits and licenses.  Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Elections is where you can search for county offices.

 

LOUISIANA

In 2015, Wallethub ranked Shreveport the #1 place to start a business in the US.  Since that time, the state has seen a decrease in startup activity. However the state is still home to several cities that are great for starting a business.

Entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge enjoy a relatively low cost of doing business while the city offers several incubators.  New Orleans has also nurtured a tech community that is home to several notable tech startups.

Best cities for starting a business in Louisiana

  • Shreveport
  • Baton Rouge
  • Lafayette
  • New Orleans
  • Alexandria
  • Stonewall


How to Start a Business in Louisiana


First register your business with the state 
Louisiana Secretary of State.
(225) 925-4704
3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809


Get Business Permits, Licenses and Tax Registration
Louisiana’s Secretary of State hosts a one stop website called geauxBIZ.com that allows you to register your business as well as obtain permits, taxes and licenses.  Very convenient.

 

MAINE

Best cities for starting a business in Maine

Maine is another state that ranked high when it came to the best places to start a business in the past.  In 2015 NerdWallet ranked it #11 in the country. However, the rate of new entrepreneurs has dropped since then.  This does not necessarily mean that the state is not a great place for entrepreneurs.

Portland ranks in the top 100 cities when it comes to business environment as well as access to resources.  Another city, Lewiston, was named one of the top cities for starting a business by Wallethub. The city has the lowest average annual rent for office space, $10.19 per square foot.

It is also worth mentioning that women-owned businesses in Maine have been wildly successful over the past 20 years at creating jobs and boosting revenue, according to an American Express study.  That growth is even more notable because fewer businesses were started by Maine women over the 20-year study period than in most other states.

  • Portland
  • Lewiston
  • Bangor

 

How to Start a Business in Maine

First, register your business with the state:
Department of the Secretary of State
(207) 624-7736
Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0101

 

Then, complete Tax Registration

The Maine Revenue Services website is your next stop to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit the Main Business portal website to obtain necessary permits and licenses.

 

MARYLAND

Best cities for starting a business in Maryland


When it comes to starting a business in Maryland, there is not a lot of good news to report.  Columbia was ranked No. 180, the third worst place to launch a startup among the large U.S. cities evaluated by Wallethub.  Baltimore ranked No. 156 among America’s 182 largest cities considered in the analysis. The Baltimore area also ranks low (35th out of 39) in startup activity among metro cities according to the Kauffman Foundation.

Although these cities currently rank lower when it comes to entrepreneurship, there is hope for the future.  Facebook recently selected Baltimore as one of the host cities for its Community Boost program, a free digital training program for small businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers.  Also, Plank Industries, the investment firm owned by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, plans to invest $5 billion into Port Covington in order to rebuild the area.  This will be one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country which will include housing, retail and an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Baltimore
  • Columbia
  • Germantown
  • Frederick


How to Start a Business in Maryland


First register your business with the state 
Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation
Secretary of State
(410) 767-1184
16 Francis St.
Annapolis, MD 21401


Then, complete Tax Registration
Marylandtaxes.com is the site for the Maryland Comptroller’s department.  Here, you can complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Maryland Department of Commerce is where you want to head in order to obtain business licenses and permits.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

Visit Department of Commerce to view the list of licenses and permits that are required by the various counties in Maryland.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Best cities for starting a business in Massachusetts

In 2015, it was reported that businesses in Massachusetts are some of the least likely to fail, indicated by the state having the third-highest business survival rate in the nation.  In 2018, the Boston area is still an attractive location for founding your business, and with a startup survival rate of 53.97 percent, you are more likely to succeed here than in 98.8 percent of other metro areas.  Boston also ranks #1 when it comes to access resources.

Surprisingly, the state ranks relatively low when it comes to startup activity.  The Boston area ranks particularly low when talking about new business started in metro areas.  The city ranks 21st out of 39 cities. This presents a great opportunity for potential entrepreneurs as they have the city has more entrepreneurship resources than entrepreneurs.

 

  • Boston
  • Cambridge
  • Worcester
  • Newton
  • New Bedford



How to Start a Business in Massachusetts


First register your business with the state 
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
(617) 727-9640
Corporations Division
McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place, 17th floor
Boston, MA 02108


Then, complete Tax Registration
Massachusetts has an online portal called MassTaxConnect which you can access to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure through its 39 boards, licenses and regulates individuals and businesses in some 167 trades and professions.  Here you can obtain required business permits and licenses.

 

 

MICHIGAN

Best cities for starting a business in Michigan 

The state of Michigan took a big hit during the economic crisis in 2008 with cities like Detroit being hit particularly hard.  While the road to recovery has been a long one, the state has some wins as several other cities have become a great destination for new entrepreneurs and startups.

Grand Rapids is one of those cities that has seen entrepreneurial success in recent years.  The cost of doing business in Grand Rapids is much lower than most cities of its size. While Holland ranks #1 among the best small cities to start a business.  Entrepreneurs in Holland will have a wealth of resources at their disposal.

  • Grand Rapids
  • Auburn Hills
  • Traverse City
  • Plymouth
  • Marshall



How to Start a Business in Michigan:

First register your business with the state 
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
(517) 373-1820
(Mailing Address)Ottawa Building
611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909


Then, complete Tax Registration
e-Registration for Michigan Taxes can be found here.  This is probably the most convenient way to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Not every business in Michigan is required to be licensed by the State of Michigan.
To find out if your new venture could require a state license, use this search tool provided by the state of Michigan’s government website.

Local Permits and Licenses

Use the Michigan Voter Information Center to locate your county clerk.  You will need to contact them to inquire about local permits and licenses that you may need.

 

MINNESOTA

Best cities for starting a business in Minnesota

Despite having a higher tax rate, Minnesota ranked #1 for best states to start a business in 2015 according CNBC.  The state was given this honor due to the low unemployment rate and its strong labor force participation rate as well as the quality of life.  

Even though cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester offer good environments for startups and entrepreneurs, the those cities have relatively low percentage of startup activity among metro cities.

  • Minneapolis
  • St. Paul
  • Bloomington
  • Golden Valley
  • Minnetonka
  • Rochester



How to Start a Business in Minnesota:

First register your business with the state:
Minnesota Secretary of State
(651) 296-2803
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building (Business Services Address)
60 Empire Dr., Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55103


Then, complete Tax Registration
Minnesota Department of Revenue is where you will want to visit in order to complete your tax registration.


Get Business Permits and Licenses
Minnesota eLicensing makes it easy for you to obtain business licenses and permits.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Best cities for starting a business in Mississippi


Jackson is becoming known for its growing startup ecosystem.  The state’s largest city ranks 5th on Wallethub’s list of cities with the lowest cost of doing business.  Gulfport, Mississippi’s second largest ranks 7th on the same list. This offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the state.  Jackson also offers a variety of resources to help startups grow. The state also has a respectable .37% rate of new entrepreneurs

 

  • Jackson
  • Gulfport
  • Southaven



How to Start a Business in Mississippi:

First, register your business with the state:
Mississippi Secretary of State
(601) 359-1350
401 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201



Then, complete Tax Registration
Mississippi Department of Revenue is where you will want to visit in order to complete your tax registration.


Get Business Permits and Licenses
Check MS.gov’s professional license page to view a list of professions and licenses required.

 

 

MISSOURI

 

Kansas City, Missouri

Best cities for starting a business in Missouri


The state of Missouri is quickly building a reputation for creating a hospitable environment for startups.  St. Louis is seeing the most increase in startup activity jumping 10 spots in one year on the Kauffman Foundation’s Startup Activity list.  The city and community leaders have created several thriving incubators, established a $5 million early-stage seed fund to help startups survive and received significant support from state and local government.  All of this has helped put St. Louis on the map when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Other cities such as Creve Coeur and Springfield also offer a business friendly environment with the latter ranking #1 is business cost according to Wallethub.

 

  • St. Louis
  • Creve Coeur
  • Clayton
  • Springfield
  • Kansas City



How to Start a Business in Missouri

First, register your business with the state 
Missouri Secretary of State
(573) 751-4936
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101



Then, complete Tax Registration
Missouri Department of Revenue is where you will want to visit in order to complete your tax registration.


Get Business Permits and Licenses
Check the Missouri Division of Professional Registration for a list of all professions requiring a license to do business in the state.

 

Local Permits and Licenses

Finally, you’ll want to check the list of municipalities on the Missouri state website in order to get more information on local permits and licenses.

 

 

MONTANA

Best cities for starting a business in Montana

In recent years, Montana has been rank one of the top 10 states to start a business with city of Missoula leading the way.  The city has been recognized for the lower cost of business, access to resources and business friendly environment. The residents of the state are taking advantage of these perks as Montana ranks in the top 10 states when it comes to the rate of new entrepreneurs.

Bozeman has built a reputation of being a booming tech town.  Thanks in part to its natural amenities, the presence of a university, and how the residence have embraced a digital economy, the town has attracted ambitious entrepreneurs.

  • Missoula
  • Billings
  • Great Falls
  • Helena
  • Bozeman


How to Start a Business in Montana

First, register your business with the state 
Montana Secretary of State
(406) 444-3665
State Capitol, Room 260
1301 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620

Then, complete Tax Registration
Montana Department of Revenue is where you will want to visit in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Small Business Development Center is a great place to visit to set up your licensing and get business permits.

Local Permits and Licenses

Check the list of Montana municipalities to get more information on office locations in your county and city.

 

 

NEBRASKA

Best cities for starting a business in Nebraska

Nebraska has been recognized and a growing entrepreneurial state.  Startup costs and the cost of living are lower in Omaha compared to other large U.S. cities.  The city of Lincoln has a wealth of resources for entrepreneurs to tap into as well as easy access of capital.  The city also has a lower cost of living and doing business which makes it an attractive destination for young entrepreneurs.

  • Omaha
  • Lincoln
  • Bellevue
  • Grand Island


How to Start a Business in Nebraska

First, register your business with the state:
Nebraska Secretary of State
(402) 471-2554
State Capitol,
1445 K St., Suite 2300,
Lincoln, NE 68508

Then, complete Tax Registration
Visit the Nebraska Department of Revenue and you can complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Business licenses and permits can be obtained on the government website’s business licensing page.

 

 

NEVADA

Reno, Nevada

Best cities for starting a business in Nevada

Las Vegas became a haven for businesses fleeing California during the and after the great recession of 2008.  Since then, the city has grown and created its own thriving environment for startups, entrepreneur, and some of the most notable business conferences in North America.  Currently, Nevada is the most entrepreneurial state in the United States.

Las Vegas is not the only city in Nevada that has seen an explosion of startups.  Startup Row in Reno refers to the area of Reno on First Street between Virginia Street and Washington Street filled with accelerators, incubators, and investors that have co-working spaces, funding and mentoring programs to create a vibrant business environment.

It’s no wonder that The Kauffman Foundation found that Nevada was the #1 state when it comes to their Startup Activity Index overall all 50 states!

  • Reno
  • Las Vegas
  • Henderson
  • North Las Vegas


How to Start a Business in Nevada

First register your business with the state
Nevada Secretary of State
(775) 684-5708 option 9
555 E Washington Ave #5200,
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Then, complete Tax Registration
Head over to the Nevada Department of Taxation in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Using the same business portal found on the Nevada Secretary of State to register your business, you can also obtain permits and licenses.

Local Permits and Licenses

You’ll need to contact the county clerk office that pertains to the county in which you will be doing business.  You can see the contact information here.

 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Best cities for starting a business in New Hampshire


No state offers more solid protections to business than the Granite State. But the infrastructure is ailing.  According to CNBC, the state ranks first in business friendliness and second in education. However, the same study ranked the state 49th in infrastructure and 40th for the cost of doing business.

However, there are some benefits to starting a business in the state including no state tax and no personal income tax.  There is also efforts being made by local and state officials to spark more innovation and entrepreneurship across the state.

  • Manchester
  • Nashua
  • Concord


How to Start a Business in New Hampshire

First register your business with the state 
New Hampshire Secretary of State
(603)271-3246
State House Annex, Room 317
25 Capitol Street 3rd Floor
Concord, NH. 03301


Then, complete Tax Registration
Visit the New Hampshire Department of Revenue in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Using the New Hampshire’s Online License Application/Renewal Service page to obtain permits and licenses.

 

 

NEW JERSEY

Best cities for starting a business in New Jersey


New Jersey has several cities that are great for starting a business.  Often referred to as the “sixth borough,” thanks to its proximity and easy access to New York, Jersey City has been a great option for entrepreneurs, who enjoy many of the advantages of being based in New York without the high costs of living.

Smaller cities such as East Hanover and Red Bank ranked high on Wallethub’s list of best cities to start a business.  The state also indexes high on The Kauffman Foundation’s list of states with the most startup activity. New Jersey ranked #11 right behind New York in 2017.

  • East Hanover
  • Newark
  • Jersey City
  • Hanover
  • Secaucus
  • Paterson
  • Red Bank


How to Start a Business in New Jersey


First register your business with the state:
State of New Jersey
(866)534-7789
Department of State
Business Action Center
P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625-0820 (Mailing Address)


Then, complete Tax Registration
The State of New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services will allow you to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
You can use the same State of New Jersey business portal to get permits and licenses.

Local Permits and Licenses

The list of New Jersey County Clerks can be found here.  Call the local office to get more information on local permits and licenses.

 

 

NEW MEXICO

Best cities for starting a business in New Mexico


With volatile oil prices and a slower growing economy, New Mexico has never had a reputation for being a great place to start a business.  But things are beginning to change. The state has ranked low when it comes to business friendliness but that hasn’t stopped its residents from starting their own businesses.  The state has seen .35% rate of new entrepreneurs.

The cost of doing business  is lower in the state which is an attractive perk.  Also, cities like Albuquerque have resolved to make the town more entrepreneurial by reinvesting in programs to spur entrepreneurial innovation.  The state is also attempting to attract young entrepreneurs to spur its sluggish economy with Albuquerque’s Innovation ABQ project.  A largely government-bankrolled, seven-acre, $150 million innovation complex downtown.

  • Rio Rancho
  • Albuquerque
  • Las Cruces
  • Santa Fe


How to Start a Business in New Mexico

First register your business with the state 
New Mexico Secretary of State
(505) 827-3614
New Mexico Capitol Annex North
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Then, complete Tax Registration
The State of New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department will allow you to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
You can use the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department to find the proper business permits and licenses you need to get your business up and running.

Local Permits and Licenses

The New Mexico Secretary of State website also lists all of the county clerks.  Here, you can contact your clerk’s office in order to get information on local permits and licenses.

 

 

NEW YORK

New York, New York

Best cities for starting a business in New York

The state of New York is one of the best places to start a business in the United States.  And not just because of New York City. Although The Big Apple is still one of the best cities to build a small business due to the population, business friendly environment, and access to resources, cities like Rochester and Buffalo also offer benefits such as having a lower cost of doing business with Rochester ranking 3rd on Wallethub’s list.

Other cities like Harrison enjoy a strong economic environment and is home to many corporate headquarters in the village including PepsiCo, Mastercard, and Morgan Stanley.  New York also ranks in the top 10 states when it comes to startup activity.

  • Rochester
  • Buffalo
  • New York
  • Yonkers
  • Harrison
  • Tarrytown
  • White Plains


How to Start a Business in New York


First, register your business with the state:
New York Department of State  
(518) 473-2492
New York State, Department of State
Division of Corporations, State Records
and Uniform Commercial Code
99 Washington Avenue 6th floor
Albany, NY 12231


Then, complete Tax Registration
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is where you will want to visit in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
New York Business Express is a great place to visit to set up your licensing and get business permits.

Local Permits and Licenses

Check the list of New York counties to get more information on office locations in your county and city.

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Best cities for starting a business in North Carolina


Another state that ranks high among the best places for starting is a business is North Carolina.  Cities like Durham and Raleigh have a low cost of living while having easy access to resources and low cost of doing business.  The Charlotte metropolitan area continues to climb the ranks of Kauffman’s Metro Rankings—Startup Activity Index ranking 17th in 2017.  Up 3 spots from the previous year.

  • Durham
  • Hickory
  • Fayetteville
  • Greensboro
  • Winston-Salem
  • Raleigh
  • Charlotte


How to Start a Business in North Carolina


First, register your business with the state:
North Carolina Secretary of State
(919) 814-5400
2 South Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903

Then, complete Tax Registration
Head over to the North Carolina Department of Revenue in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Using the The Labor and Economic Analysis Division’s list, you can get more information on all licenses needed.

 

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Best cities for starting a business in North Dakota

Fairing just above North Carolina on Kauffman’s Metro Rankings—Startup Activity Index is the state of North Dakota.  With the city of Bismarck leading the way.  The city ranks well when it comes to access to access resources and business environment.  One Walletub’s list of of the best cities to start a business, Bismarck ranks 6th. Also making the list is Fargo which also has an abundance of resources for new businesses and entrepreneurs to tap into.

  • Bismarck
  • Fargo
  • Grand Forks
  • Minot


How to Start a Business in North Dakota


First, register your business with the state 
North Dakota Secretary of State
(701) 328-2900
Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500

Then, complete Tax Registration
Head over to the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner in order to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
North Dakota’s business portal has information you need concerning permits and licenses.

 

 

OHIO

Best cities for starting a business in Ohio

The Cincinnati area has been making waves and becoming known for being a startup hub.  The city has been climbing the ranks of Kauffman’s Metro Rankings—Startup Activity Index with the top five industries with the highest shares of high-growth companies were IT, advertising and marketing, business products and services, health and software.

According to VentureOhio’s 2017 Venture Report, more VC funding is currently flowing through Ohio than at any point in the state’s history. With a particular focus on Columbus.  Since 2013, Ohio-based venture capital funds have raised nearly $1 billion in new capital, and over 70 percent of those dollars were raised by Columbus-based investors.

Overall, the state seems to have a bright future when it comes to entrepreneurial growth.  This is good news for the residents of the state since new entrepreneurs will be able to access resources necessary to start and grow new businesses.

  • Columbus
  • Cincinnati
  • Toledo
  • Akron
  • Cleveland
  • Blue Ash
  • Middletown


How to Start a Business in Ohio

First, register your business with the state
Ohio Secretary of State’s  
(614) 466-2655
180 East Broad Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Then, complete Tax Registration
The Ohio Department of Taxation website is where to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
The Ohio Department of Taxation also offer information for the type of permits and licenses you need to do business in the state.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

The Ohio Clerk of Courts Association allows you to search for your city in order to contact their offices for more information on city permits and licenses.  

 

 

 

OKLAHOMA

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Best cities for starting a business in Oklahoma

One of the top 5 states to start a business in the U.S. is the midwestern state of Oklahoma. One Wallethub’s list of the best cities to start a business, Oklahoma’s capital Oklahoma City ranked #1.  The city’s revitalized downtown and several new business accelerators are helping Oklahoma City attract new startups, particularly in healthcare, biotech and technology.

On the Kauffman Foundation All States List of Startup Activity Index, the state of Oklahoma ranked #2 in 2017.  Other cities such as Tulsa have changed their reputation from “oil capital of the world” to a hotspot for startups and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.  According to a 2016 survey performed by Thumbtack Journal, Tulsa is the best city in the United States for women to start up a business

  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa
  • Ardmore
  • Clinton


How to Start a Business in Oklahoma

First register your business with the state
Oklahoma Secretary of State
(405) 522-2520
Colcord Center
421 NW 13th St,
Suite 210/220
Oklahoma City, OK 73103


Then, complete Tax Registration

Oklahoma Tax Commission is where you want to head next to complete your tax registration

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Visit the Oklahoma Business Licensing and Operating Requirements page to obtain all permits and licenses.

 

OREGON

Best cities for starting a business in Oregon

Oregon’s growing population is a rich source for customers and clients for new startups to tap into.  The influx of educated young adults into the Portland area has been a boon to the $157 billion economy, with household incomes up 4% annually since 2011.  Notable corporations like Nike, Intel, Google, Daimler, and Boeing have established a presence in the city.

Tualatin has a robust manufacturing and retail trade base.  Their Chamber of Commerce has an “economic gardening” program that works with a consultant to help businesses grow.  The challenge that the state needs to overcome is finding a way to give entrepreneurs access to capital in other areas besides Portland.

  • Portland
  • Salem
  • Wilsonville
  • Tualatin
  • Hillsboro


How to Start a Business in Oregon

First, register your business with the state:
Oregon Secretary of State
(503) 986-2200
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310


Then, complete Tax Registration

For tax registration, visit the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Check out the government’s website for a list of permits and licenses you may need.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Best cities for starting a business in Pennsylvania

In recent years, the state of Pennsylvania has not see the type of startup activity you would expect from a state of its size and population.  Still, there are signs that point to change in the future. The city of Philadelphia is beginning to see an increase of coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators to provide the critical infrastructure necessary to support the growth of Philly’s startup scene.

The area known as Lehigh Valley is the located just across the border from New Jersey and is less than two hours from midtown Manhattan. The cities of Easton, Allentown, and Bethlehem come together to form this region and are fostering a startup community that has potential to see rapid growth in the future.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia
  • Erie
  • State College
  • Allentown
  • Wilmington



How to Start a Business in Pennsylvania

First register your business with the state 
Pennsylvania Department of State
(717) 787-1057
206 North Office Building,
401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120


Then, complete Tax Registration

For tax registration, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Check out the government’s licensing page for a list of permits and licenses you may need.

 

RHODE ISLAND

Best cities for starting a business in Rhode Island

The nation’s smallest state is also one of the least hospitable for new business.  The state has ranked last in the category of infrastructure and 43rd for access to capital according to CNBC.  One Wallethub’s rankings of the best cities to start a business, only Warwick represented Rhode Island on this list containing 182 cities.

There is still progress as there is an increase of aide and programs aimed at sparking innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit.  

  • Warwick
  • Providence
  • Newport


How to Start a Business in Rhode Island

First, register your business with the state
Rhode Island Department of State
(401)222-3040
148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615


Then, complete Tax Registration

Rhode Island Division of Taxation is your next stop for tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation is where you want to go to see a list of permits and licenses you may need.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Best cities for starting a business in South Carolina

Cities like Charleston and Columbia South Carolina are doing their best to create a hospitable startup ecosystem.  The cities are seeing an increase of creative, technology, and university incubators as well as co-working spaces. Charleston ranks particularly well when it comes to business environment and access to capital.

  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Greer
  • Georgetown
  • Greenville



How to Start a Business in South Carolina

First register your business with the state 
South Carolina Secretary
(803)734-2158
Edgar Brown Building
1205 Pendleton Street Suite 525
Columbia, SC 2920


Then, complete Tax Registration
South Carolina Department of Revenue’s portal’s the site for the Maryland Comptroller’s department.  Here, you can complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation is where you want to head in order to obtain business licenses and permits.

 

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Best cities for starting a business in South Dakota

South Dakota is a state that does not have many larger cities.  The state only has one city with a population over 100,000. However, the state has a surprising high rate of new entrepreneurs according to the Kauffman Foundation.  Sioux Falls, the largest city in the state, was ranked 3rd overall best city to start a business by Wallethub. The access to capital, business environment, and cost of doing business ranks amongst the best in the nation.On top of that, South Dakota has very lenient taxes with no income tax and a low sales tax.  South Dakota’s total tax burden was the 2nd lowest in the nation at an average of 7.1 percent in 2018.

  • Sioux Falls
  • Rapid City
  • Brookings


How to Start a Business in South Dakota

First, register your business with the state:
South Dakota Secretary of State
(605) 773-4845
Secretary of State
Capitol Building
500 East Capitol Avenue Ste 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5070


Then, complete Tax Registration
The South Dakota Department of Revenue website is where to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
The South Dakota’s Department of Labor and Regulation is where you want to go to get information on getting your business permits and licenses.  


Check for Local Permits & Licenses
Consult the South Dakota counties map to get contact information on county offices.  We tested the map for accuracy and found that there were several counties that did not offer information, links were broken, or domains did not exist.  If your county was one of those, reach out to the Secretary of State Office to get accurate information.

 

 

TENNESSEE

Nashville, Tennessee

Best cities for starting a business in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee has several cities that are prime for starting a business.  However, the rate of new entrepreneurs has dipped recently in the state. Still, cities like Chattanooga has a promising startup scene that is intimately supported by the city government.

Nashville, a city known for its music roots, has established an impressive tech scene with several local startups enjoying successful exits in recent years.  Including Intermedix which was sold to R1 for $460 million.

Entrepreneurs in the state will find that the business environment is favorable.  There is also access to resources in Tennessee and a. overall lower cost of doing business.

  • Nashville
  • Knoxville
  • Chattanooga
  • Memphis
  • Brentwood
  • Murfreesboro
  • Franklin


How to Start a Business in Tennessee


First, register your business with the state:
Tennessee Secretary of State
(615) 741-2286
Division of Business Services
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Snodgrass Tower, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243


Then, complete Tax Registration
The Tennessee’s Online Tax Registration website is where to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
You can find information about regulated professions and activities using Tennessee’s license search tool located here.  Simply search for either the profession name, regulation name or by a topic name to see which licenses and permits you may need.


Check for Local Permits & Licenses
Consult the list of county clerks to get contact information on county offices.  

 

TEXAS

 

Austin, Texas

Best cities for starting a business in Texas

The state of Texas seeming has an endless number of cities that are great for starting a business.  Austin has been recognized as one of the best places to live as well as to start of business due to the lower cost of living access to resources and low cost of doing business.

The rest of the state also mirror’s Austin’s business friendly environment.  The state ranks 5th on the Kauffman Foundations All States List—Startup Activity Index.  Texas also has three metropolitan areas that rank in the top 20 for the most startup activity.  The only other state to have more than two is California (5).

  • Austin
  • Laredo
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Lubbock
  • Dallas
  • Irving
  • Arlington
  • Amarillo
  • El Paso


How to Start a Business in Texas

First, register your business with the state 
Texas Secretary of State.
(512) 463-5555
James E. Rudder Building
1019 Brazos
Austin, Texas 78701


Then, complete Tax Registration
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts’ site will allow you to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
You can use the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to get permits and licenses.

Local Permits and Licenses

The list of Texas County Clerks can be found here.  Call the local office to get more information on local permits and licenses.

 

UTAH

Best cities for starting a business in Utah

In the past several years, the start of Utah has been establishing a reputation of being providing a nourishing environment for startups and entrepreneurs.  Salt Lake City, Utah’s largest state by population, has been leading the way. The city has a fast growing startup community.

The city offers easy access to resources for entrepreneurs.  Utah is also home to Silicon Slopes. Silicon Slopes is a state-wide organization and the official moniker of Utah’s startup and tech community.  The non-profit host more than 200 events annually.

  • Salt Lake City
  • West Valley City
  • St. George
  • Provo
  • Clearfield
  • Ogden


How to Start a Business in Utah

First, register your business with the state:
Utah Secretary of State
(801) 530-4849
Heber M. Wells Building    
160 E 300 S, 1st Floor
Salt Lake City Utah 84111


Then, complete Tax Registration
Head over to the Utah State Tax Commission in order to gather information about your tax registration.


Get Business Permits and Licenses
Using the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing found here you can also obtain permits and licenses.

Local Permits and Licenses

You’ll need to contact the county clerk office that pertains to the county in which you will be doing business.  You can see the contact information here.

 

 

VERMONT

Best cities for starting a business in Vermont

Vermont offers a great quality of life, but raising business capital is a concern.  The state ranks 49th in this category. Despite this, the state has a 0.40% rate of new entrepreneurs according to The Kauffman Foundation.

The city of South Burlington may be the silver lining for the state.  South Burlington has a fairly business friendly environment while Burlington offer more human capital and resources for new businesses.

  • South Burlington
  • Burlington
  • Rutland


How to Start a Business in Vermont

First, register your business with the state
Vermont Secretary of State
(802) 828-2363
128 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1101


Then, complete Tax Registration
Head over to the Vermont Department of Taxes in order to gather information about your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
The Secretary of State website is also where you can also obtain permits and licenses.

Local Permits and Licenses

The Vermont state government website offers a PDF that list the state’s county clerks offices.

 

 

VIRGINIA

Best cities for starting a business in Virginia

In recent years, the state of Virginia has built a good reputation for being a great place to start a business.  In 2017, Forbes ranked the state #5 on their list of best states from starting a business.  Cities like Richmond and Virginia Beach lead the way when it comes to business friendly environment and access to resources.

Even though Virginia offers several cities great for starting a business, overall startup activity has been down in the state.  Kaufman’s All States List of Startup Activity Index reports that state has an index of -2.9%. The areas of Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News rank 33rd of 39 states on Kauffmans’ Metro Rankings of Startup Activity Index.  

  • Richmond
  • Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk
  • Newport News
  • Chesapeake


How to Start a Business in Virginia

First, register your business with the state
Virginia State Corporation Commission
(804) 371-9733
Tyler Building
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219



Then, complete Tax Registration
Head over to the Virginia Department of Taxation in order to gather information about your tax registration.


Get Business Permits and Licenses
The Virginia.gov website business section is where you can find information on permits and licenses.

 

 

 

WASHINGTON

Seattle, Washington

Best cities for starting a business in Washington


Washington state is another place that is home to several cities that provide a great environment for starting a business.  Seattle is a top 20 state when it comes to access to resources. The city has established companies as well as a thriving startup community.  

While a city like Spokane offers some of the same environment but also enjoys a lower cost of doing business.  The state is slowly climbing the ranks as well when it comes to entrepreneurship activity.

  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Tacoma
  • Vancouver
  • Bellevue
  • Tukwila


How to Start a Business in Washington
First, register your business with the state
Washington Secretary of State
(360) 725-0377
Dolliver Building
801 Capitol Way South
Olympia 98501


Then, complete Tax Registration
The Washington State Department of Revenue website is where to go to complete your tax registration.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
The State of Washington Business Licensing website will be your next stop to get your permits and licenses in order.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

The list of cities published on the State of Washington Business Licensing website allows you to search for your city in order to contact their offices for more information on city permits and licenses.

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Best cities for starting a business in West Virginia

West Virginia boost one of the lowest cost of doing business in the nation.  However, the state overall ranks low in business friendliness and access to resources.  The exception to this is the city of Huntington. There are 21 business incubators located throughout the state of West Virginia providing assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners.

  • Huntington
  • Charleston
  • Vienna
  • Hollins


How to Start a Business in West Virginia
First, register your business with the state
West Virginia Secretary of State
(304) 558-8000
1615 East Washington Street
Charleston, WV 25311-2126


Then, complete Tax Registration

West Virginia State Tax Department is where you can visit in order to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
The One Stop Business Portal on the West Virginia Secretary of State website will give you information on appropriate permits and licenses needed.

Check for Local Permits & Licenses

West Virginia’s state website offers a list of counties on their website.  There you will find contact information for the local county clerk’s office.

 

 

WISCONSIN

Best cities for starting a business in Wisconsin

Wisconsin offers strong education and a good economy, but businesses must deal with a worker shortage.  This challenge may be one of the reasons the state ranks last on The Kauffman’s Startup Activity Index list.

The bright spots for the Wisconsin are the cities of Madison and Milwaukee.  Madison ranks 5th on Wallethub’s list for cities with the best access to resources while Milwaukee has a lower cost of doing business

  • Madison
  • Milwaukee
  • Green Bay
  • Kenosha


How to Start a Business in Wisconsin

First, register your business with the state
State of Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions
(608) 261-9555
4822 Madison Yards Way, North Tower
Madison, WI 53705


Then, complete Tax Registration
For tax registration, visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
Check out the government’s licensing page for a list of permits and licenses you may need.

 

WYOMING

Best cities for starting a business in Wyoming

Wyoming entrepreneurs enjoy business friendly regulations to attract business, but the state needs to improve in the area of access to capital. America’s least populous, and one of its most rural states does have a drive towards innovation and entrepreneurship.  

Wyoming’s Governor launched ENDOW – Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming – an initiative to diversify Wyoming’s economy away from oil and gas and more towards technology and innovation.  This, as well as other factors, has caused the state to see an increase is startup activity. Wyoming is ranked third on their list of startup activity.

  • Cheyenne
  • Casper


How to Start a Business in Wyoming


First, register your business with the state
Wyoming Secretary of State
(307) 777-7311
Business Division
2020 Carey Avenue
Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020


Then, complete Tax Registration
The State of Wyoming Department of Revenue will allow you to register your taxes.

Get Business Permits and Licenses
You can use the State of Wyoming’s Economic Development Agency’ PDF list to find the proper business permits and licenses you need to get your business up and running

Bonus

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC)

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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/11/top-states-for-business-12-florida.html

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-to-start-a-business/2281/

https://blog.hubstaff.com/alabama-startup-cities/

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https://www.fundera.com/blog/best-5-cities-connecticut-start-business-ranked

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The information provided here is offered as a guide and may not contain all the steps needed to start a business in your particular state.  Please contact your local and state Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and other government offices in order to get all of the information you need.

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