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How do I incorporate my business?

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Corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships in Georgia are formed by filing with the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State. Some foreign (out-of-state) entities which do business in Georgia also must file with the Corporations Division.

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How do I get a small business loan?

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While there aren’t typically any state grants available for small business startups, there are many lending opportunities including your local banks. We've put together a list of traditional and alternative funding as well as federal loans and grants.

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How do I get a small business grant?

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The U.S. government offers several financial aid opportunities for small business owners, including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

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How do I get started in a business?

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Get an overview of starting your own business from the Start-Up Basics pdf (listed below) from the Small Business Development Center program at the University of Georgia.

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How do I get a business license in Georgia?

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Every business needs an operating license, which is obtained from the county or city in which the business resides. Please contact your local business licensing office which is generally housed within city hall. Does my business need a professional license? Licensing is an issue where other state and federal agencies come into play – for instance, day-care centers, USDA for certain food issues, etc. It…

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Is there any business assistance available in my area?

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The Georgia Small Business Development Center provides a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs that can help you get started.

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How and why do I develop a business plan?

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The business plan provides focus and direction, sets goals, anticipates actions, keeps score, and helps to sustain the business’s profitability and competitiveness in the  marketplace. The Georgia Small Business Development Center offers a StartSmart program that helps you learn to plan and analyze your vision by creating a researched and tested business plan.

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How can I find a business mentor?

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As a Georgia entrepreneur, there are many resources for mentoring and education programs that can help you and your small business. Get a list of options we recommend from the link below.

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How do I start a franchise?

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Franchise Marketing Systems can help you learn how to expand your business through franchising, one of the most profitable business models in the world.

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How do I choose a legal business structure?

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The State Bar of Georgia offers an overview of which legal entity is right for your business, but we recommend that you consult a lawyer and/or tax professional in making the decision. Once you've decided, the staff of the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State can assist with the process of formation.

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How do I know I have what it takes to own a small business?

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The Georgia Small Business Development Center offers a 50-minute webinar that outlines what you need to know to get started in setting up a successful small business.

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Where can I go to learn about Georgia small business rules and regulations?

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The Office of the Secretary of State now provides an electronic version of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia.

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How can I learn more about insurance for small businesses?

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The Georgia Small Business Development Center offers a Guide to Health Insurance Options for Small Businesses that explains important facts about health insurance, the basics, alternatives to traditional insurance, and federal and state health insurance regulations.

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How do I certify my company?

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Georgia defines a small business as one that is independently owned and operated and must have either fewer than 300 employees or less than $30 million in gross receipts per year. Georgia does not have a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) designation or certification requirement. However, there are benefits to getting certified.

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How do I register my business with the state of Georgia?

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You do not have to register your business with the state of Georgia unless you are planning to incorporate, become a specific legal entity or if you plan to do business with the state, in which case you will need to become a registered vendor through the Department of Administrative Services.

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Where can I learn about Georgia local, state and business taxes?

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Learn about Georgia's business-tax types and information on audits, collections, rules and policies, and FAQs from the Department of Revenue.

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What is an Federal I.D. (or EIN) number?

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Employer Identification Numbers are issued for the purpose of tax administration and are not intended for participation in any other activities (e.g., tax lien auction or sales, lotteries, etc.). Learn more about how to apply for yours and tax responsibilities from the Internal Revenue Service.

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What does it mean to be WBE or MBE certified?

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WBE (Women Business Enterprise) Certification means that a woman (or women) has a majority ownership and control of a business entity. And the MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) Certification means that a minority (or minorities) has a majority ownership and control of a business entity.

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Where do I find help for expanding my business?

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Expand a business in Georgia using the free comprehensive business expansion services provided by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s regional project managers.

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How can I find a project manager in my area?

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Project managers enable an existing business to expand into one of Georgia’s 12 regions by identifying growth opportunities, and then delivering critical business resources and connections to advance and monitor growth over the long term.

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What types of special programs are available for youth entrepreneurs?

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School programs or certification courses at Georgia’s technical colleges offer youth entrepreneurship and mentoring programs. You may also check your local chamber of commerce to learn of youth programs within your own community.

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What is Georgia’s definition of a Minority Business Enterprise and are women included in that definition?

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Women are included only if they are a member of a minority race. The following groups are considered minority: African American Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino

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How do we create an entrepreneurial culture?

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) provides a community-based program that helps create an entrepreneur environment, building entrepreneur and small business strategy into the community’s overall economic development strategies. These best practices offer more insight into Georgia’s communities’ efforts.  

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How can I set up a strategic planning session for my community?

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Strategic planning is facilitated to help create long-term, sustainable small business development programs, and professional development and staying abreast of trends, topical news and B2B opportunities are continuous services provided for the “EF” practitioners.

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How can I market my business to state government?

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The Georgia Procurement Registry offers a list of Agency Procurement Officers (APOs). You may also contact the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) Vendor Relations Administrator at 404-657-6000.

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How can I market my business to the federal government?

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The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center provides assistance with any procurement efforts that may be local, state or federal.

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Do I need to register my company with the state of Georgia even if I am not a vendor?

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Depending upon your legal structure (incorporation, LLC, S, etc.), you will have to register with the state.

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How do I learn about who received an award?

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Competitive opportunities awarded to companies, award amount and complete specifications are posted on the DOAS State Purchasing Web site.

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How can I obtain a list of minority registered vendors in the state of Georgia?

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Find a complete list of minority registered vendors is available from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services Vendor Registration System. Click on the category for Agencies, and use the search feature to locate the registered vendors.

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Do you offer a seminar or class which informs the public on how to conduct business with state government?

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New Vendor Orientation from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services features information on how to register, certify and market your business to state government. These seminars are held at 200 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1816 in the West Tower and are held monthly.

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What is the Tax Incentive Program and how does it work?

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Georgia law gives an incentive to companies to hire certified minority subcontractors by giving them a tax break – 10% of payments up to $100,000. Please contact the Georgia Department of Revenue at 404-417-2399 for additional information.

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Mary Ellen McClanahan
Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development
+1.404.962.4820

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Assistant Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development
+1.229.868.3428

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