State by State Guide to Starting a Business

State by State Guide to Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business? Learn the process, legal and regulatory requirements for starting a business in your state. Also get tips on where you can get help as you jump start your small business.

The State-by-State Guide to Starting a Business provides links to various state government websites that handles the process for establishing a business in their state as well as small business development centers operating in the state. This Guide contains links to the following essential information:

  • Official state government guides on how to start a business in the state (if available)
  • Information on the process of getting business registration, permits and licenses
  • Tax rules and regulations of the state for businesses, including sales and use tax
  • Various organization where startup and existing entrepreneurs can get mentorship assistance and guidance such as SCORE and the Small Business Development Centers
  • Other resources that would be useful for new entrepreneurs such as the Chamber of Commerce

Click on your state to find the information you need on how to start a business:

State by State Guide

Alabama IllinoisMontanaRhode Island
Alaska IndianaNebraska South Carolina
Arizona Iowa NevadaSouth Dakota
ArkansasKansasNew HampshireTennessee
California Kentucky New JerseyTexas
ColoradoLouisiana New MexicoUtah
Connecticut Maine New YorkVermont
Delaware MarylandNorth CarolinaVirginia
District of ColumbiaMassachusettsNorth DakotaWashington
Florida MichiganOhioWest Virginia
Georgia MinnesotaOklahomaWisconsin
Hawaii OregonWyoming