Starting a Business

Take that first step.

Starting a business can be scary, but knowing what you need to make it happen makes things easier.

Getting Started

Not Sure Whether Incorporating or Forming an LLC is Right for You? Want to find out what others in your industry are doing? Let our wizard help. More…
To get the most out of your small business, choose the right structure. Selecting the right type of company for your new business helps maximize your chances of financial and operational success. More…
Corporations, most LLCs, and all businesses with employees must have this IRS-issued identifier. Much like a Social Security Number, an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a federal nine-digit number that identifies a business entity. More…
Most state, county, and local governments require companies to have the right licenses and permits in place before they open their doors. More…
A name reservation lets you hold a particular business name for later use and prevents other companies from registering that name without notice to you. Get a free corporate name check today. More…
Many state and local governments require companies to register any alternate names under which they conduct business. Registering a DBA name alerts the public that your business intends to use that name. More…
Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are required by state law to have an address where they can receive important legal and tax documents during all business hours. The person or firm receiving these documents is known as the company's "Registered Agent." More…

Business Entities

An LLC is a great choice for businesses that want the liability protection of a corporation with less paperwork. More…
A C Corporation is the most common business entity. An ideal choice for businesses that want to attract investors. More…
An S Corporation is a great choice for small businesses that want to avoid double taxation on business profits. More…
A Non Profit business structure is the right choice for scientific, religious, educational or charitable endeavors. More…
Some states allow Professional LLCs for licensed professionals, including doctors, accountants, lawyers, engineers, architects and realtors. More…
A Series LLCs permits multiple members, managers and business lines. Allowed in some states. More…
A Limited Partnership provides some protection from liability for certain partners. More…

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