How To Start & Grow Your Business

How to Start a Business

Your State-by-State free guide:

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to go to your state

Whether you’re starting

an LLC, Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Corporation we’ve got you covered

In this post you will find the basics of starting a business in your state. Whether you live in Alabama, Wyoming or one of the other 48 states you will find the details you need to get going.
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    Discover answers to questions
    you may have on how to incorporate and what the differences are between the options you have including LLC, Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Corporation

  • 2

    First you can find an intro below for all 50 states. Just click on your state on the map above or scroll down the page. The states are listed alphabetically. Here you will find some key General Resources such as state elephone numbers and website.

  • 3

    Next you can visit your state’s full page by clicking the button at the bottom of each intro. There you will find all the General Resources for starting a business, How to Set Up a Legal Structure and some benefits for starting in your specific state.

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    And don’t forget to visit bizHUMM’s very popular How to Start a Business: The Ultimate Free Guide. It is filled with great and practical content outlining the 15 most important steps to get you going!

Find your state below and click through for more details

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Alabama

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    334-242-5324 (Sec. of State)

Alabama Website

http://www.sos.alabama.gov/BusinessServices/Default.aspx

Help with incorporation in Alabama (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-al/

Alabama Angel Investors

https://angel.co/alabama/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Alabama

Alaska

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    (907)-465-2550
    (Dept. of Commerce)

Alaska Website

http://www.Alaska.gov

Help with incorporation in Alaska (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

https://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ak/

Alaska Angel Investors

https://angel.co/alaska/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Alaska

Arizona

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    602-542-4285(Sec. of State)

Arizona Website

https://az.gov

Help with incorporation in Arizona (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-az/

Arizona Angel Investors

https://angel.co/arizona/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Arizona

Arkansas

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    888-233-0325
    (Sec. of State)
    501-682-3409
    (Sec. of State)

Arkansas Website

http://arkansas.gov

Help with incorporation in Arkansas (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ar/

Arkansas Angel Investors

https://angel.co/arkansas/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Arkansas

California

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    916- 653-6814 (Sec. of State)

California Website

http://www.ca.gov

Help with incorporation in California (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ca/

California Angel Investors

https://angel.co/california/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in California

Colorado

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    303-894-2200 (Sec. of State)

Colorado Website

https://www.colorado.gov

Help with incorporation in Colorado (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-co/

Colorado Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Colorado/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Colorado

Connecticut

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    860-509-6200 (Sec. of State)

Connecticut Website

http://portal.ct.gov

Help with incorporation in Connecticut (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ct/

Connecticut Angel Investors

https://angel.co/connecticut/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Connecticut

Delaware

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    302-739-4111 (Sec. of State)

Delaware Website

http://delaware.gov

Help with incorporation in Delaware (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-de/

Delaware Angel Investors

https://angel.co/delaware/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Delaware

Florida

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    850-245-6500 (Dept. of State)

Florida Website

http://www.myflorida.com

Help with incorporation in Florida (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-fl/

Florida Angel Investors

https://angel.co/florida/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Florida

Georgia

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    404-656-2881 (Sec. of State)

Georgia Website

http://georgia.gov

Help with incorporation in Georgia (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ga/

Georgia Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Georgia/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Georgia

Hawaii

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    808-586-2545 (Business Action Center)

Hawaii Website

https://portal.ehawaii.gov

Help with incorporation in Hawaii (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-hi/

Hawaii Angel Investors

https://angel.co/hawaii/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Hawaii

Idaho

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    208-334-2301 (Sec. of State)

Idaho Website

http://www.idaho.gov

Help with incorporation in Idaho (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-id/

Idaho Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Idaho/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Idaho

Illinois

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    217-785-3000 (Sec. of State)

Illinois Website

http://www.illinois.gov

Help with incorporation in Illinois (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-il/

Illinois Angel Investors

https://angel.co/illinois/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Illinois

Indiana

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    317-232-6531 (Sec. of State)

Indiana Website

http://www.in.gov/core/

Help with incorporation in Indiana (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-in/

Indiana Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Indiana/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Indiana

Iowa

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    515-281-5204 (Sec. of State)

Iowa Website

http://iowa.gov

Help with incorporation in Iowa (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ia/

Iowa Angel Investors

https://angel.co/iowa/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Iowa

Kansas

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    785-296-4564 (Sec. of State)

Kansas Website

http://www.kansas.gov

Help with incorporation in Kansas (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ks/

Kansas Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Kansas/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Kansas

Kentucky

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    502-564-3490 (Sec. of State)

Kentucky Website

http://kentucky.gov

Help with incorporation in Kentucky (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ky/

Kentucky Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Kentucky/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Kentucky

Louisiana

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    225-922-2880 (Sec. of State)

Louisiana Website

http://louisiana.gov

Help with incorporation in Louisiana (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-la/

Louisiana Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Louisiana/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Louisiana

Maine

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    207-624-7736 (Sec. of State)

Maine Website

http://www.maine.gov

Help with incorporation in Maine (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-me/

Maine Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Maine/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Maine

Maryland

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    410-974-5521 (Sec. of State)

Maryland Website

http://www.maryland.gov

Help with incorporation in Maryland (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-md/

Maryland Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Maryland/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Maryland

Massachusetts

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    617-727-7030 (Sec. of Commonwealth)

Massachusetts Website

http://www.mass.gov

Help with incorporation in Massachusetts (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

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Massachusetts Angel Investors

https://angel.co/massachusetts/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Massachusetts

Michigan

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    888-767-6424 (Secretary of State)

Michigan Website

http://www.michigan.gov

Help with incorporation in Michigan (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-mi/

Michigan Angel Investors

https://angel.co/michigan/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Michigan

Minnesota

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    651-296-2803 (Sec. of State)

Minnesota Website

http://mn.gov

Help with incorporation in Minnesota (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-mn/

Minnesota Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Minnesota/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Minnesota

Mississippi

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    601-359-1633 (Sec. of State)

Mississippi Website

https://www.mississippi.gov/

Help with incorporation in Mississippi (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ms/

Mississippi Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Mississippi
To read the full details on Start a Business in Mississippi

Missouri

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    573-751-4936 (Sec. of State)

Missouri Website

http://www.mo.gov

Help with incorporation in Missouri (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-mo/

Missouri Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Missouri/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Missouri

Montana

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    406-444-2034 (Sec. of State)

Montana Website

http://montana.gov

Help with incorporation in Montana (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-mo/

Montana Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Montana/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Montana

Nebraska

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    402-471-4079 (Sec. of State)

Nebraska Website

http://www.nebraska.gov

Help with incorporation in Nebraska (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ne/

Nebraska Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Nebraska
To read the full details on Start a Business in Nebraska

Nevada

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    775-684-5708 (Sec. of State)

Nevada Website

http://nv.gov

Help with incorporation in Nevada (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-nv/

Nevada Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Nevada/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Nevada

New Hampshire

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    603-271-3246 (Sec. of State)

New Hampshire Website

https://www.nh.gov

Help with incorporation in New Hampshire (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-al/

New Hampshire Angel Investors

https://angel.co/new-hampshire/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in New Hampshire

New Jersey

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    603-271-3246 (Dept. of State)

New Jersey Website

http://www.state.nj.us

Help with incorporation in New Jersey (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-nj/

New Jersey Angel Investors

https://angel.co/new-jersey/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in New Jersey

New Mexico

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    505-827-4508 (Sec. of State)

New Mexico Website

http://www.newmexico.gov

Help with incorporation in New Mexico (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-nm/

New Mexico Angel Investors

https://angel.co/new-mexico/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in New Mexico

New York

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    518-473-2492 (Dept. of State)

New York Website

http://www.ny.gov

Help with incorporation in New York (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ny/

New York Angel Investors

https://angel.co/new-york/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in New York

North Carolina

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    518-473-2492 (Dept. of State)

North Carolina Website

http://www.nc.gov

Help with incorporation in North Carolina (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-nc/

North Carolina Angel Investors

https://angel.co/north-carolina/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in North Carolina

North Dakota

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    701-328-2900 (Dept. of State)

North Dakota Website

https://www.nd.gov

Help with incorporation in North Dakota (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-nd/

North Dakota Angel Investors

https://angel.co/North-Dakota/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in North Dakota

Ohio

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    614-466-2655 (Sec. of State)

Ohio Website

http://ohio.gov

Help with incorporation in Ohio starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

hhttp://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-oh/

Ohio Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Ohio/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Ohio

Oklahoma

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    405-522-2520 (Sec. of State)

Oklahoma Website

http://oklahoma.gov/

Help with incorporation in Oklahoma (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ok/

Oklahoma Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Oklahoma/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Oklahoma

Oregon

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    503-986-2200 (Sec. of State)

Oregon Website

http://Oregon.gov

Help with incorporation in Oregon (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-or/

Oregon Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Oregon/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Oregon

Pennsylvania

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    717-787-6458 (Sec. of State)

Pennsylvania Website

http://pa.gov

Help with incorporation in Pennsylvania (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-pa/

Pennsylvania Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Pennsylvania/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    401-222-2357 (Sec. of State)

Rhode Island Website

http://ri.gov/

Help with incorporation in Rhode Island (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ri/

Rhode Island Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Rhode-Island/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Rhode Island

South Carolina

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    803-734-2158 (Sec. of State)

South Carolina Website

http://sc.gov

Help with incorporation in South Carolina (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-sc/

South Carolina Angel Investors

https://angel.co/South-Carolina/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in South Carolina

South Dakota

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    605-773-3537 (Sec. of State)

South Dakota Website

http://sd.gov

Help with incorporation in South Dakota (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-sd/

South Dakota Angel Investors

https://angel.co/South-Dakota/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in South Dakota

Tennessee

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    615-741-7008 (Sec. of State)

Tennessee Website

http://tn.gov

Help with incorporation in Tennessee (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-tn/

Tennessee Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Tennessee/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Tennessee

Texas

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    512-463-5555 (Sec. of State)

Texas Website

http://www.texas.gov

Help with incorporation in Texas starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-tx/

Texas Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Texas/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Texas

Utah

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    801-530-4849 (Sec. of State)

Utah Website

http://www.Utah.gov

Help with incorporation in Utah (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-ut/

Utah Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Utah/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Utah

Vermont

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    802-828-2386 (Sec. of State)

Vermont Website

http://www.vermont.gov/

Help with incorporation in Vermont (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-vt/

Vermont Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Vermont/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Vermont

Virginia

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    804-371-9967 (State Corp. Commission)

Virginia Website

http://www.Virginia.gov/

Help with incorporation in Virginia (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-va/

Virginia Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Virginia/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Virginia

West Virginia

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    304-558-8000 (Sec. of State)

West Virginia Website

http://www.wv.gov

Help with incorporation in West Virginia (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-wv/

West Virginia Angel Investors

https://angel.co/West-Virginia/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in West Virginia

Wisconsin

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    608-266-8888 (Sec. of State)

Wisconsin Website

http://www.wisconsin.gov

Help with incorporation in Wisconsin (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-wi/

Wisconsin Angel Investors

https://angel.co/Wisconsin/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Wisconsin

Wyoming

Phone Number
  • Voice:

    307-777-7311 (Sec. of State)

Wyoming Website

http://www.Wyoming.gov

Help with incorporation in Wyoming (starts at $79 + state fees & shipping)

http://www.corpnet.com/start-business/quote/llc-wy/

Wyoming Angel Investors

http://angel.co/wyoming/investors
To read the full details on Start a Business in Wyoming