How To Start A Business — This Weekend!

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The Complete, 12-Step Guide to Starting a Business 1. Evaluate yourself. Let's start with the most basic question: Why do you want to start a business? Use this question. Think of a business idea. Do you already have a killer business idea? If so, congratulations! You can proceed to the. Starting a business is much harder than getting a job, so it's worth the extra effort to look for employment in a better way if that's your true preference. Also, think about whether you have what it takes to start a business in these terms: No one will tell you what to do (except your customers).

Steps to Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business? Read this helpful guide from the Business Registration division for a general overview of what’s required to start a business in Hawaiʻi.

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Business Name Search

Use this search to check if the business name you want is available and not already registered by another business.

Note: if you are registering a business entity name, never assume the name is available until you have received a response from the Business Registration Division.

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Register a Business Online

Hawaiʻi Business Express is the quick and easy way to start a business online. Simply make an account and log in to instantly submit a filing and receive a receipt. Over time, you can continue to use the site to manage ongoing requirements such as filing your annual report and submitting any changes for your business.

Business Ideas

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Registration Forms, Fees and Information

In Hawaiʻi, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships are registered with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division (BREG).

See more information about each type of business filing, including a complete fee schedule.

How To Start A Business &mdash This Weekend Event

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Business Action Center

The Business Action Center has offices in Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi counties. By visiting an office you can:

  • Register a business entity, trade name, trademark, or submit other filings with the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs’ Business Registration Division
  • Get help with applying for a general excise tax (GET) license from the Department of Taxation and receive information on how to apply for a federal employer identification number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Obtain information about registering online as an employer with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Learn about business counseling and workshops offered by other agencies and other resources available to business owners
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Step 1: Write a Business Plan

Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

How To Start A Business — This Weekend!

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.

Step 3: Choose a Business Location

Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.

Step 4: Finance Your Business

Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.

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Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

Step 6: Register a Business Name ('Doing Business As')

Register your business name with your state government.

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number

Learn which tax identification number you'll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.

  • Internal Revenue Service - Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers' compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.

  • Obtain your Georgia State Tax ID number from the Georgia Tax Center
  • Report wage and tax information to the Georgia Department of Labor and pay any unemployment insurance taxes due on those wages
  • Georgia State Board of Worker's Compensation

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.

Step 10: Understand Employer Responsibilities

Go the extra mile: Stay Green!

  • Get a bike rack for your business
  • Get recycling set up for your business
  • Encourage your employees to explore alternative transportation options with Clean Air Campaign

Sources: Small Business Administration, City of Atlanta, State of Georgia

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Invest Atlanta
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Atlanta Police Department
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What Georgia employers need to know
Small Business Incentives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development
Georgia Business Guide
Community Development & Finance Division of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Georgia Chamber of Commerce


Small Business Administration
Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center
IRS Small Business Tax Kit (free PDF download)

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