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When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and many rules and procedures that must be addressed.

However, first and foremost is the licensing consideration because without licensing, you will be operating an illegal business.

The first thing to set up is your legal structure because all other licensing and tax registration will be filed under the structure.

For example, if you register as an llc, you will need the llc certificate first and your operating agreement because if for instance you need a seller's permit, it will have to be registered under the LLC name and state registration number.

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For example, you may be wondering whether to incorporate, form an llc or even how to get a business license, how to get a tax id number or, if using a trade name other than your last name, how to file a dba in Arkansas . If you sell at the retail or wholesale lever, getting a wholesale license should be one of your concerns. While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business.

Whether the question is how to get a business license, or getting a wholesale license, dba, tax id number or simply licensing your business, we can help you start your business.

It is helpful to begin with a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint of every aspect of your business. Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and Location are just some of the aspects of creating a plan. Click on the following link to the US Small Business Administration to find a tutorial on how to create a business plan.
If you would like help deciding on a location for your business, visit the Websites of Arkansas 's Regional Chambers of Commerce.

Choose a business structure.

Select a business entity type from the following list for a brief overview of the principal types of legal business structures available in Arkansas . A legal representative and accountant should be consulted before making a determination as to the type of business entity to form.

Sole Proprietorship
Limited Liability Company
Limited Partnership
General Partnership
Limited Liability Partnership

Your next step will be to file your tax and employer identification documents.
Most businesses require licenses or permits in order to operate. Please click on each of the resources below to determine if your business requires any licenses or permits.

Arkansas Startup Basics - Small Business Development Information

Arkansas Starting a business can be an exciting venture offering many rewards. However, you must be prepared and you must understand the basics of Starting a Business.

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Arkansas Small Business Startup Guide
Startup Topics
Are you ready?
Finding a Niche
Buying a Business
Buying a Franchise
Checklist for starting a business
FREE online Business Planning Course
Protecting Your Ideas
Product Basics
Startup Guide
Forms of Ownership

Business Planning

Planning Topics
Business Plan Basics
Writing the Plan
Using the Plan
FREE Online Business Planning Workshop

Planning is one of the most important aspects of starting a business. Proper planning is needed for success in business and, for that matter, anything you do in life.


All Arkansas businesses require some form of financing. Learn about raising capital, borrowing money and managing the financial operations of your business.

Finance Topics
Financing Basics
Estimating Costs
Finding Capital
Personal vs. Business
Applying for a Loan
Small Business
Specific Training
Understanding Financial Statements


Marketing Topics
Marketing Basics
Marketing Research
Competitive Analysis
Marketing Plan
Ads and PR
Trade Shows
FREE Online Marketing Course

Marketing is all about satisfying customer needs. Learn how to better understand customer needs and ways to satisfy those needs.


The employees of a business are its most important asset. Learn how to find and manage your employees successfully.

Employment Topics
Finding Employees
Employees Taxes
Employment Law
Employee or Contractor
Employee Benefits
Specific Training


Tax Topics
Payroll Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Self-Employment Tax
State Taxes
Local Taxes
Sales and Use Tax
Specific Training

Understanding tax requirements is a necessary aspect of all businesses. Learn about payroll taxes, employee identification numbers, Federal income taxes, and other required taxes.

Legal Aspects

Following the conceptual stage of starting a business, a Arkansas prospective owner will move towards the actual legal formation of the business. There is much that needs to be known about forms of ownership, required licenses and business law.

Arkansas Legal Topics
Forms of Ownership
Licenses and Permits
Business Laws

Special Interest

Special Interest Topics
Women Entrepreneurs
Native Americans
Young Entrepreneurs
International Trade offers many Arkansas special programs and supports many special interests. Within its mission to assist the development and growth of small businesses, the has a vast menu of focused initiatives.

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L.L.C Limited Liability Company Corporation

L.L.C Limited Liability Company Corporation: We obtain the official certificate and provide you with a legally required customized operating agreement that you will need to open a bank account. You will need a federal ID, the LLC certificate and the operating agreement to open an LLC bank account. An LLC will protect the business and the owner's personal assets as well as save on taxes.

DBA Doing Business As Fictitious Business Name

DBA Doing Business As Fictitious / Assumed Trade Business Name : We obtain the official DBA certificate, publish the filing in a legal newspaper, file a proof of publication. If you don't file an LLC or corporation, you will need to file a DBA to register the business name. You also need it to open a business bank account and use stationary such as letter heads and business cards with your business name.

Seller's Permit ( Sales, Resale, Reseller Tax ID) Permit.

State Sales ID/Wholesale License / Seller's Permit ( Sales, Resale, Reseller Tax ID) Permit.

We officially register you business to collect sales tax or buy or sell wholesale as well as retail. We obtain the official State Seller's Permit Certificate

Federal Tax ID EIN Employer Tax ID Number

Federal Tax ID EIN Employer Tax ID Number

We obtain an official EIN certificate from the federal government. All businesses need an EIN except sole owner's that are not independent contractors.

State Employer Tax ID Number Also Called a SEIN

State Employer Tax ID Number Also Called a SEIN

This is similar to a Federal EIN except that it is from the state and you need both if you are an employer. We obtain an official SEIN certificate from the State Government.

Incorporation. C Corporation, S, or NonProfit Corporation

Incorporation. C Corporation, S, or NonProfit Corporation

We obtain the official certificate and provide you with a legally required customized bylaws that you will need to open a bank account. You will need a federal ID, the corporation certificate and the bylaws to open an LLC bank account. An corporation will protect the owner's personal assets as well as save on taxes.

Business License also called a Home Occupation License.

Business License also called a Home Occupation License

Whether home, online, mobile, store or office, this is a general license that all business must obtain. It is a general business tax registration ( as opposed to income, sales, employment or use tax). If you are a home business, you may need a home occupation license and a business license or one or the other. It depends on your state.

Vendor's License, Peddler's License, Business Permit, Business Personal Property Tax.

Vendor's License, Peddler's License, Business Permit, Business Personal Property Tax

You may need one of these depending on your situation. You may need it in addition to a general business license or you may just need this one. Namely, a vendor's peddler's, business permit or business personal property tax registration.

Service Groups

Business formation occurs when you choose a business structure and file a certificate for it. For example, if you file an LLC, you structure is an LLC for tax purposes. If you file a DBA as a sole proprietor, you will be a sole owner proprietor.

After forming your business with an LLC, corporation or DBA certificate, we register your business for tax reasons such as sales tax ( seller's permit ) employment tax ( EIN, SEIN) and business tax ( EIN, business license )
In addition, to forming your business, and registering for tax, you may need a professional license e.g., contractor's license, a health permit, tobacco or transient vendor's license.
You can select to have the filings expedited at check out or call us for same day service.

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