You just opened a new business or you plan to do so in the future. Congratulations! This can be an exciting and many times overwhelming decision. The following information is provided to help grow a successful business.
- One of the first decisions to make when starting a new business is to decide on a business structure.
- Be sure to choose your business name wisely – understand trademarks, service marks and corporate names.
- Certain occupations and types of businesses require a license, permit or certification.
- Contact your city or town government for information about a DBA certificate.
- Before you can register your business with the State of Georgia, you need an Employer Identification Number from the IRS.
- Register with the state as a taxpayer.
- Contact your local government to also check zoning ordinances in the location for where the business is domiciled, particularly if it is a home-based business.
In many cases, you may also be required to register with the Secretary of State.
The First Stop Business Information Center provides small business owners and the prospective entrepreneurs with a central point of information and contacts for state regulatory requirements for operating a small business. For more information please click here or visit http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/corporations/first_stop_business_guide
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Please click here or visit https://www.score.org/about-score
Need a Mentor? SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 40 years and has a network of over 13,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs. Please visit https://atlanta.score.org/content/find-mentor-33 for assistance.
The Internal Revenue Service provides information and helpful information for business start-ups. For specific business information please click here or visit https://find.irs.gov/c/search?affiliate=IRS&commit=Submit+Query&query=register+as+a+business&utf8=%E2%9C%93
You may contact the IRS at https://www.irs.gov/
FTC: Protecting Small Businesses:
As a small business owner, you have a lot on your mind. You can’t afford to lose time or money to scammers or a compromised network. We can help you avoid scams, protect your computers and networks, keep your customers’ data safe – and protect your bottom line. You also can find out what the FTC is doing to protect small businesses. Thinking about starting a new business? See our advice about buying a franchise or business opportunity.
Business Toolkits, Resources & Guides:
The Better Business Bureau provides tips to help your small business thrive. Please click here or visit https://www.bbb.org/council/for-businesses/toolkits/ for information on data security, managing credit and scams targeting small businesses.
5 Common Struggles of Small Business Start-Ups:
The majority of small business start-ups fail within the first year and almost 95% fail within the first 5 years. Businesses may be unprepared, meet unforeseeable challenges, or fail due to countless other reasons. Although many different things may go wrong, most small businesses struggle with similar issues. Click here for more information.
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