Launch your business

Turn your business into a reality. Register, file, and start doing business.

  • Pick your business location

    Your business location determines zoning laws, taxes and regulations.
  • Choose a business structure

    Select a business structure that gives you the right balance of legal protections and benefits.
  • Choose your business name

    Your name is part of your brand, so think about how you’ll use it to best serve your business.
  • Register your business

    Now you’ve decided on your name, structure, and location, register your business as a distinct legal entity.
  • Get federal and state tax ID numbers

    Set up your IDs to allow your small business to pay state and federal taxes.
  • Apply for licenses and permits

    These depend on laws, location, and activities, and vary at the state and federal level.
  • Open a business bank account

    Stay compliant and protected once your business is ready to accept or spend money.
  • Get business insurance

    Protect yourself from the unexpected costs of accidents, natural disasters, and lawsuits.
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