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.
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.View PDF
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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.Visit Site
Receive university-based knowledge and technical assistance from the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia.Visit Site
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.Visit site
The Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State serves as custodian of the filings and provides copies and certifications of documents.Visit site
While it's not a requirement in Georgia, there are benefits to getting certified. Find out ways to certify your company.Learn more
Learn about Georgia's business-tax types and information on audits, collections, rules and policies, and FAQs from the Department of Revenue.Visit Site
Apply for a federal tax ID, or Employer Identification Number (EIN), with the Internal Revenue Service.Visit Site
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.Visit Site
Mary Ellen McClanahan
Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development
Assistant Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development