Starting Your Business
Several steps involved in starting your business before you ever open your doors to customers. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, but rather intended to remind you of a few things you will need to take care of in the beginning of the whole process.
Choosing Your Business Structure – Texas Wide Open For Business
This site describes the differences between business structures and also offers resources, forms and requirements you will need to start your business.
Registering your Business with the County and/or State
Assumed Name Certificate– McLennan County Clerk’s Office
Each person who regularly conducts business or renders professional services other than as a corporation, limited partnership, registered limited partnership or limited liability company in a particular county must file an assumed name certificate with the county clerk so that a record is available as to the business. For more information, call (254) 757-5000
Certificate of Formation - Texas Secretary of State
Depending on your business structure, you may be required to file a certificate of formation with the Texas Secretary of State. This may be done online using SOS Direct.
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
An EIN is also known as a federal tax ID number and is used to identify a business entity or nonprofit organization. The EIN is issued by the Internal Revenue Service. View the IRS site for more information on applying for an EIN.
Being an Employer in Texas
From resumes to wages, Texas Wide Open For Business contains tools to help you fulfill your employee requirements and tax responsibilities. Includes links to information on Texas Unemployment Tax, Workers’ Compensation, posting jobs and more.
Depending on the type of business you are starting, certain licenses or permits may be required by the State of Texas. For an A-Z listing of licenses, permits and registrations by name or type, visit Texas Online.
Zoning – City of Waco Planning Department
Waco’s Planning Department can assist with zoning questions and requests, as well as suggest specific areas of town suitable for your business needs. For more information, call (254) 750-5650.
Waco Prospector allows users to search for vacant building space or developable land, for sale or for lease. This unique mapping program will also search a database of properties that match your specific property criteria and display the matching properties for you to review.
Do not forget to take advantage of local entrepreneurial resources as you work on other aspects of your business such as the business plan, loan proposals, marketing plans and more. See Entrepreneurship Resources for more information.