Small Business Resources

This small business resource list is created to help you start or expand your business. It includes links and references to programs and business services geared to help your business thrive. 

Startup Checklist

Starting a business can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. To achieve success, it is important to become familiar with basic requirements in Georgia. The following checklist provides basic requirements for starting a business but may not be comprehensive.

  • Select business structure
  • Write a business plan
  • Choose a business name
  • Obtain a tax identification number
  • Register your business with the state
  • Establish a relationship with a bank
  • Establish a relationship with an accountant, if needed
  • Establish a relationship with an attorney, if needed
  • Obtain the appropriate type of insurance (liability, life, health, etc.)
  • Setup financial record keeping
  • Obtain personal property tax information
  • Register your business trade name
  • Obtain federal, state, county and local tax information
  • Check county and local zoning requirements
  • Check state and local license requirements
  • Obtain and complete your application for a Georgia business license

Printable checklist PDF download

For detailed information regarding each topic visit the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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  • On-the-Job Training
  • Incumbent Worker Training
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  • Film Site Selection
  • Permitting
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Real Estate

  • Site Selection Solutions
  • Available Properties
  • Available Space
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  • Loan and Grant Programs
  • Community Based Funding
  • WE DeKalb Program
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Start-up and
Capacity Building

  • Starting a New Business
  • Workforce Programs
  • Dekalb MicroEnterprise
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