Remember, starting a business requires working with both the State and your local government.
Understand State licensing and permitting
Visit the NYS Business Wizard to determine the requirements for your business and apply for the right license or permit.
- Sole proprietorships and general partnerships file in the county where they’re located.
- Business Corporations file a Certificate of Incorporation with the Department of State.
- Limited liability companies file Articles of Organization with the Department of State.
- Limited partnerships file a Certificate of Limited Partnership with the Department of State.
Get your Federal Tax ID
Also known as the Employer Identification Number (EIN). Simply go to the IRS link and apply.
Register as a NYS Sales Tax Vendor
Apply to the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for a sales tax Certificate of Authority.
Licensing and Permitting
- The NY License Center makes finding and applying for the right license or permit easy. Set up a NY.Gov ID to apply for new licenses and to manage your existing licenses and permits online.
- Unemployment Insurance can be obtained through the NYS Department of Labor. Workers’ Compensation can be obtained through the NYS Insurance Fund or a private carrier.
Before you open your business, there is a wealth of information and resources for you to determine how to best move forward. This includes start-up assistance, business planning and training, capital financing options, and research/market data.
- NYS Small Business Development Center: Get free counseling to help start your business, receive training on how to write a business and marketing plan, plus other tips on doing business with the state
- NYS Empire State Development: Get technical and small business assistance
Accessing Capital and Incentives
NYS Empire State Development: Explore loan options, available grant, tax credits, and receive financing and technical assistance
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