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.


U.S Small Business Administration

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.


233 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-331-0100
Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30Am-5:00PM
The Entreprenuership Center is a national program designed to encourage entrepreneurship in urban areas, particularly among minority entrepreneurs. In Atlanta, the program is sponsored by the Atlanta Urban League and is operated at the Atlanta Entrepreneurship Center. Nationally, the founding partners are the National Urban League, National Economic Council of the White House, the Business Roundtable. The program has two key components: TECNet, a referral network to business assistance programs, and the Entrepreneurship Business Mentor Program, an intrusive coaching component for high-potential minority entrepreneurs.

Score Atlanta

Volunteers are ready to help start a business, grow an existing business, or help you decide if entrepreneurship is right for you.
We teach workshops, provide free one-on-one mentoring advice, and are available for online help anytime.
  • Check out our workshop schedule and register today.
  • Make an appointment to meet with a volunteer in locations around the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Georgia Small Business Development Center

Mission:  To enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Georgia State University SBDC
10 Park Place S. Suite 450
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 413-7830Fax: (404) 413-7832
The University of Georgia SBDC
2296 Henderson Mill Road Suite 404B
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (770) 414-3110
Fax: (770) 414-3109
The University of Georgia SBDC
2530 Sever Road Suite 202
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 985-6820
Fax: (678) 985-6819
Kennesaw State University SBDC KSU Center, Suite 500
3333 Busbee Drive Kennesaw, GA  30144
Phone: (770) 423-6450 Fax: (770) 423-6564
Clayton State University SBDC
2000 Clayton State Blvd. College of Business
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: (678) 466-5100
Fax: (678) 466-5109
For more locations, click here

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.

Should 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.

Georgia Secretary of State

214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334


2 MLK, Jr. Dr.
Suite 313, Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
(404) 656-2817

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 Taxes

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.

Expanding and Relocating Your Business in Georgia

Grow, Relocate, Expand

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

International Trade

Funding and Investment