Where to Go to Start a Business in Your State

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I get asked for assistance in starting a business all the time. Unfortunately, I can’t answer the questions because the process is different for starting a business in every state, even down to the county and city levels. Also, I caution you about asking on the internet for assistance from other small business owners, unless the person answering you is in the same location.

Today, I’ve compiled a list of websites that will help you answer the question: Where do I go to start a business in my state?

State Link
 Alabama  http://www.alabama.gov/business/starting-a-business
 Alaska  http://alaska.gov/businesshome.html
 Arizona  http://www.azcommerce.com/small-business/small-business-checklist
 Arkansas  http://www.arkansas.gov/services/list/category/business
 California  http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/starting-business/
 Colorado  http://www.coloradosbdc.org/starting-your-business
 Connecticut  http://portal.ct.gov/en/Services/Business/Start-Your-Business
 Delaware  http://delaware.gov/topics/startasmallbusiness
 Florida  http://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/research/florida-information/business/starting-a-business-in-florida/
 Georgia  http://www.georgia.org/small-business/start/
 Hawaii  http://cca.hawaii.gov/bac/steps-to-starting-a-business/
 Idaho  https://labor.idaho.gov/ibrs/ibr.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
 Illinois  https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/BeginHere/Pages/StepByStepGuide.aspx
 Indiana  http://www.in.gov/sos/business/2428.htm
 Iowa  http://www.iasourcelink.com/startup/iowa-business-steps
 Kansas  http://www.kansas.gov/businesscenter/#
 Kentucky  http://onestop.ky.gov/start/pages/default.aspx
 Louisiana  https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/
 Maine  http://www.maine.gov/portal/business/starting.html
 Maryland  http://commerce.maryland.gov/start
 Massachusetts  http://www.mass.gov/hed/business/start-business/new-business-steps.html
 Michigan  http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/
 Minnesota  https://mn.gov/deed/business/starting-business/
 Mississippi  http://www.mssbdc.org/i-want-to-start-a-business
 Missouri  https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/outreach/starting_steps
 Montana  http://sos.mt.gov/Business/Startup
 Nebraska  http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/business/bus_regist.html
 Nevada  http://nsbdc.org/how-we-can-help/start_business/
 New Hampshire http://www.revenue.nh.gov/faq/register-business.htm
 New Jersey  http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/
 New Mexico  https://gonm.biz/business-resource-center/
 New York  http://www.ny.gov/services/start-business-new-york-state
 North Carolina  http://www.nc.gov/services-info/starting-business-nc
 North Dakota  https://www.nd.gov/businessreg/
 Ohio  http://business.ohio.gov/starting/
 Oklahoma  http://okcommerce.gov/business/startup/
 Oregon  http://sos.oregon.gov/business/pages/starting-business.aspx
 Pennsylvania  https://www.pa.gov/guides/starting-a-business/
 Rhode Island  https://www.ri.gov/SOS/quickstart/help/
 South Carolina  http://www.scsbdc.com/start.php
 South Dakota  http://sd.gov/business.aspx
 Tennessee  https://www.tnsmartstart.com/
 Texas  https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com/start-business
 Utah  https://www.utah.gov/business/starting.html
 Vermont  http://www.vermont.gov/portal/business/index.php?id=87
 Virginia  http://bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
 Washington  http://business.wa.gov/start.html
 Washington D.C.  https://dslbd.dc.gov/page/steps-starting-business
 West Virginia  http://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=startbusiness
 Wisconsin  https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/Businesses/New-Business-home.aspx
 Wyoming  http://soswy.state.wy.us/business/startabusiness.aspx
 Canada  https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/start.html

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8 thoughts on “Where to Go to Start a Business in Your State”

  1. Thank you Christine!!!!
    My husband and I are looking into starting up a business and WOW it is confusing and any help is ever so appreciated.
    Everyday I get up and get on my computer and I can’t wait to see what you have posted today. I look forward to reading every word!
    You are an inspiration to me.
    I don’t know if you know how much we appricate all that you do for all of us crafters.
    I love your files and designs but, most of all I love all the wonderful information you supply us with. I have started a rind bound folder for all the information I have downloaded just copied and printed from you. It’s my go to when I’m stuck on how-to or where-to.
    Thank you!, Thank you!, Thank you!!!!!!
    Kathy U : )

    1. Thank you Kathy! Your words mean the world to me – you honestly don’t even know. I’m thrilled that your husband is on board, too. It sounds like you have all the makings of a wildly successful business start. Best of luck and share a link once you get set up, I’d love to see. Warmly, Christine

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