Looking to start or grow your business? Why Atlanta?
The state of Georgia is listed as one of the top ten states that is “Best for Business” according to Forbes; and ranked CNBCs Top State for Business 2014. The Atlanta area is a major hub to multiple Fortune 500 companies such as Coca Cola, Delta, Home Depot, Equifax, Aflac, Suntrust, The Southern Company, and many more. Many entrepreneurs have found Atlanta a home for small business start-ups, expansion, and networking.
Low cost makes Atlanta a top city for doing business in Georgia. Atlanta outranks other major metro areas as one of the lowest cost places for businesses. Georgia ranks in the top 10 states with the lowest average tax burden for both mature and new firms. With some of the lowest corporate tax burdens and business location costs, doing business in Atlanta is an ideal place for companies of all sizes. Metro Atlanta Chamber, See more
Are you thinking of starting or growing your business in Atlanta? Listed below are helpful resources and links to help you get started on your business successfully.
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
- Check out our workshop schedule and register today.
- Make an appointment to meet with a volunteer in locations around the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Creating a Business Plan
Creating a business plan is very essential for your business as it outlines your road to success. Listed are a few resources that will assist you in successfully creating and implementing your business plan.
- Small Business Administration
- Urban League of Greater Atlanta Entrepreneurship Center
- Minority Business Development Agency
- Grow Think Atlanta
- Business Plans and More
Should I incorporate my business?
- Why should I incorporate
- Incorporating in Georgia
- Five reasons why a small business should incorporate
- How do I incorporate my business
If you decide to incorporate your business, you may do so through Georgia Secretary of State. You may file online, in person, or by mail. Fees may apply and may vary.
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
2 MLK, Jr. Dr.
Suite 313, Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Typically most businesses need an Employer Identification Number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) to identify their business. Depending on how you are setting up or structuring your business, your social security number can be used to identify your business as well. Applying for a Tax Identification number is quick and easy. To learn more, visit www.irs.gov or click here.
Business Licensing and Permits
Business licensing and permits may be necessary depending on the type of business you are operating. It is also very important that you get a business license or permit that is relevant to your type of business and business location. Here are some links pertaining to where and how to obtain a business license.
- Georgia Licenses, Permits, and Registration (SBA)
- Licensing (Secretary of State)
- City of Atlanta Licenses and Permits
- Fulton County Business License
- Cobb County Business Registration
- Gwinnett County Licensing & Revenue
- DeKalb County Business License
- Hall County Business License
- Carroll County Business License Ordinance
- Forsyth County Business License
- Georgia’s 2014 Business Tax Climate Index Ranks 32
Georgia ranks 32nd in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property.Currently Georgia’s corporate income tax is at a flat rate of 6%. Other taxes ay vary depending on your business, business locations, and income bracket. Click on the following links to find out more about business taxes in Georgia/Atlanta.
- GA Tax Climate (Tax Foundation)
- Georgia Department of Revenue Business Tax Information
- Atlanta Tax Incentives Atlanta Online Tax Payments
- U.S Department of Labor, Recordkeeping Requirements (FLSA)
- Recordkeeping for Small Businesses and Self-Employed Atlanta Accounting Firm Record Retention Guide What You Need to Know About Small-Business Record, Keeping Intuit Small Business Blog
- Bookkeeping and record keeping basics
- State of Georgia Forms for Corporations
- IRS Small Business Forms and Publications
- Copyright Office
Expanding and Relocating Your Business in Georgia
Grow, Relocate, Expand
- Available Buildings
- Available Sites
- Finding Georgia Suppliers
- Contract Manufacturers
- Export Assistance
- Economic Development Funding Programs
- Workforce – Training: Quick Start
- Regional Project Managers Map (PDF)
- Entrepreneur-Friendly Initiative
- Entrepreneur-Friendly Best Practices Georgia.Org, See more
FORTUNE 500 Seventeen Fortune 500 companies have their global headquarters in Georgia, while 31 Fortune 1000 make Georgia their homebase. Access to new markets, the number one workforce training program in the nation, and a low cost of doing business are just a few of the reasons these companies successfully compete on a global scale. Read more
- Who has Chosen Atlanta (MAC)
- Relocating Your Business, Metro Atlanta Chamber
- Relocate Your Business to Georgia
- Expand a Business in Georgia
- MAC Business Incentives
- Business Incentives Brochure
- International Trade
- Global Commerce
- International Business and Community
- International Trade Representatives
- International Trade Alliance
- Bi National Chambers of Commerce
- Consular Offices
- Atlanta U.S Export Assistance Center
- International Business FAQs