Start a Business in New York State

New York is open for business. Everything you need to know to start and grow your business is right here.
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Remember, starting a business requires working with both the State and your local government.  

Form an Entity
Form an Entity
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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. 

 

Get your Federal Tax ID

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. 
Insurance
Insurance
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Required Insurance 

Other Insurance

  • Depending on your structure, location and employees, you may need Disability Insurance and health insurance.  Disability insurance can be obtained through the NYS Insurance Fund or a private carrier.  More information about health insurance can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health
Get Support
Get Support
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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.

Start-Up Assistance

Accessing Capital and Incentives

Market Research

Contact
Contact

Call the Division for Small Business at NYS Empire State Development
Monday - Friday 8:00AM-7:00PM

Doing business in NYC?  Check out NYC Business Solutions

(800) 782-8369