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State Resources: Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs have multiple responsibilities to different parties and tend to wear many different hats throughout the course of a typical day. But the more successful business owners know when, and how, to ask for help. Fortunately, state governments provide a wide range of resources to help small businesses get off the ground. After all, states have an interest in encouraging economic growth within their boundaries, so it makes sense to help with new ventures. States often provide helpful business start-up checklists (FindLaw has a more general checklist) with requirements specific to the state, information about license requirements, summaries of state employment laws, and more.

This section contains links to state resources for starting a business. "SBDC" refers to a Small Business Development Center. To suggest an item for this section, please contact us. For additional information about starting a business, see FindLaw's First Steps to Start a Business section.

Alabama Business in Alabama

Alabama SBDC


Starting a Small Business (Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development)
Alaska SBDC

Arizona Arizona Commerce Authority
Arkansas Small Business Financing Resource Guide

[MS Word Document] (Arkansas Dept. of Economic Development)
Arkansas SBDC


California Business Portal: Starting a Business
California SBDC - Sacramento
California SBDC - San Francisco
California SBDC - Fresno
California SBDC - Los Angeles
California SBDC - San Diego
California SBDC - Orange, Riverside, & San Bernardino Counties

Colorado Colorado Business Express

Colorado SBDC

Connecticut Starting a Business
(Secretary of State)
Connecticut SBDC

 Delaware SBDC

District of

Start a Business

(Government of the District of Columbia)
Washington, D.C. SBDC

Florida Florida Trend's Small Business

(Florida Economic Development Council)
Florida SBDC

Georgia First Stop Business Information Center

Georgia SBDC

Guam Pacific Islands SBDC
Hawaii Starting a Business in Hawaii

(Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourism)
Hawaii SBDC

Idaho Starting a Business

Idaho SBDC

Illinois Step by Step Guide to Starting a Business in Illinois

Illinois SBDC

Indiana Guide to Starting A Business in Indiana

(Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division)
Indiana SBDC

Iowa Starting a Small Business

(Iowa Dept. of Economic Development Business Resources)

Kansas Starting a Business in Kansas

Kansas SBDC

Kentucky Start a Business

Kentucky SBDC

Louisiana Starting a Business

Louisiana SBDC

Maine Starting a Business

Maine SBDC

Maryland Starting a Business

(Department of Business and Economic Development)
Maryland SBDC


Massachusetts SBDC

Michigan Guide to Starting a Small Business


Michigan SBDC

Minnesota Start a Business

(Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development)
Minnesota SBDC

Mississippi How to Start a Business

(Mississippi Development Authority)
Mississippi SBDC

Missouri Starting a New Business in Missouri

(Missouri Dept. of Economic Development)
Missouri SBDC

Montana How to Launch a New Business

(Montana Secretary of State)
Montana SBDC

Nebraska Business Assistance Center

(Nebraska Department of Economic Development)
Starting a Business in Nebraska (Nebraska Department of Revenue)
Nebraska SBDC

Nevada Doing Business In Nevada

(Commission on Economic Development)
Nevada SBDC

New Hampshire Starting a Business in NH

(New Hampshire Economic Development Division)
New Hampshire SBDC

New Jersey Online Business Resources

(State of New Jersey)
New Jersey SBDC

New Mexico

 New Mexico SBDC

New York New York Start-Up Assistance

 New York SBDC

North Carolina Starting a Business in North Carolina

(Department of Commerce)
Business Start-up and Resource Guide [PDF] (Small Business and Technology Development Center)
North Carolina SBDC

North Dakota New Business Startup

North Dakota SBDC

Ohio Starting a Business


Oklahoma Starting a Business

(State of Oklahoma)
 Oklahoma SBDC

Oregon Starting A Business

(Secretary of State)
Oregon SBDC

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Open for Business

(Commonwealth of PA)
Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of PA)
Pennsylvania SBDC

Puerto Rico
& Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands SBDC

Puerto Rico SBDC

Rhode Island Starting a Business

Rhode Island SBDC

South Carolina Starting A Business

(South Carolina's Business One-Stop)
South Carolina SBDC

South Dakota Start Your Business

(South Dakota Dept. of Tourism and State Development)
South Dakota SBDC

Tennessee Online Small Business Information Guide

(Dept. of Economic and Community Development)
Tennessee SBDC


Texas SBDC - San Antonio

Texas SBDC - North Texas

Texas SBDC - Houston

Utah Starting a Business


Vermont Start a Business

(Department of Economic Development)
Vermont SBDC

Virginia Starting a Business

(Commonwealth of Virginia)
Virginia SBDC

Washington Start a Business

(Access Washington)
Washington SBDC

West Virginia Smart Steps to Starting a Business in West Virginia

(Secretary of State)
West Virginia SBDC

Wisconsin Starting a Business in Wisconsin

(Dept. of Commerce)
Wisconsin SBDC


eGovermnent Business Site 
Wyoming SBDC

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