Thinking of opening a new business? Here are
some simple steps to help aid you in getting your business going in no
File an Assumed
Name (D.B.A.) Certificate with the County Clerk in the county(s)
in which the business is located and/or will conduct business.
Corporations and incorporation documents are filed with the Texas
Secretary of State in Austin at 512-463-5555. Upon filing in
Austin, the D.B.A. is then filed in the county(s).
Wide Open for Business offers steps on starting a business,
growing a business as well as many other valuable resources.
To obtain a State Sales Tax ID #, contact the Texas
Comptroller of Public Accounts at 800-252-8880, 800-252-5555
IRS - Small
Business and Self - Employed Tax Center, is full of helpful
information and resources, including an Employer's
Tax Guide for 2012.
Federal Tax Identification Number also known as an Employer ID Number
(EIN) can be obtained through the IRS, click
here to apply online.
Worker's Compensation Information--visit the web page for the Texas
Department of Insurance.
Patents and Trademarks - vist the web page for The
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Licenses and Regulations - Texas
Department of Licensing and Regulation.
If the business is operated in home, review the deed restrictions and
contact the homeowners association.
If the business is located in a city or its jurisdiction, contact the
city for possible permit requirements. See the Brazoria
County main page for a link to the City's webpage.
Contact the County
Environmental Health Department for a business involved in food
preparation at: 979-864-1600 - Angleton.
The following is a partial list of local resources for starting a new