It may take a little effort to discover which business permits and licenses your state requires. Fortunately, small business assistance agencies set up in every state can help you cut through the bureaucratic thicket. To find contact information for small business assistance agencies in your area, visit the website of the U.S. Small Business Administration at www.sba.gov.
Before you open your doors for business, you'll have to look into state, federal, regional, and local requirements that apply to your type of business. On the local level, begin by asking city and county officials about license and permit requirements for your new business. A few larger cities that hope to attract economic growth may have a centralized office that provides this information.
Most cities require all businesses (including home businesses) to register with the city’s tax collector, regardless of business type, structure, size, or name. Businesses located in rural, unincorporated areas must usually register with the county clerk rather than a city tax collector.
Any trade name that doesn’t contain the legal names of the owners (for sole proprietorships or general partnerships) or that doesn’t match the company’s corporate, limited partnership, or LLC name on file with the state, is called a fictitious business name (FBN).