Opening a Business Checklist

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Here's a handy checklist of things to consider when opening your small business.
Questions? Call the Permit Information Center for Small Businesses at (972) 466 - 3225


Step 1:  Have you set up your business?

check-mark-02Incorporate your business

sos.state.tx.us | 512-463-5555
Corporate information must be filed with the Texas Secretary of State office. 

check-mark-02Obtain Employer Identification Number (EIN)

irs.gov
All employers who have employees must be assigned an EIN from the United States Internal Revenue Service (Form SS-4).

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Obtain Business Name/DBA
Dallas County: dallascounty.org | 214-653-7099
Denton County: dentoncounty.com | 940-349-2010
Collin County: collincountytx.gov | 972-548-4185

This establishes the sales tax collection process with the State of Texas. Contact the County Clerk’s office for the respective county in which your business will reside.

check-mark-02Obtain lease from landlord or property owner

Many commercial properties are leased by management companies. Lease terms should be negotiated prior to application for Certificate of Occupancy.

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