Georgia USA Small Business Resource Directory

Start My Small Business

You can start a business in Georgia easily with the right resources. There are some questions to answer before you get started, like what kind of a business license do you need, do you need to register your business with the state, what tax structure is best for your small business, and other questions. Also, you should learn about labor laws and where you go to obtain the proper permits for your type of business.

Georgia defines a small business as one which is independently owned and operated and must have either fewer than 300 employees or less than $30 million in gross receipts per year.

How to Start: What Steps to Take

Get an overview of starting your own business from the Small Business Development Center self-assessment, legal steps, building your team, financing your business and business plan preparation.

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Start your business with the right set of tools with STARTMART.

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Realign your vision and improve performance with GROWSMART.

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Get A Business License/Professional Business License

Business licenses and sole proprietorships are obtained locally from your city hall or county courthouse. For professional licensing, go to the Secretary of State's website.

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Get One-on-One Consulting

Receive university-based knowledge and technical assistance from the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia.

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Decide a Legal Structure

Corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships in Georgia are formed by filing with the Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Get the necessary forms, file online, find out about filing fees, and search businesses.

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Register My Business to Incorporate

The Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State serves as custodian of the filings and provides copies and certifications of documents.

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Get Certified

While it's not a requirement in Georgia, there are benefits to getting certified. Find out ways to certify your company.

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Get Business Tax Requirements

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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Learn about Federal Tax IDs

Apply for a federal tax ID, or Employer Identification Number (EIN), with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Learn about Labor Laws

Learn what Georgia employers need to know about COBRA, child labor, wages, workers' compensation, discrimination, family and medical leave, and more from the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Mary Ellen McClanahan
Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development

Ryan Waldrep
Assistant Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development

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