Steps to Starting Your Business

1.  Register your Business Name:  Also known as an assumed name, contact the  Fort Bend County Clerk at 281-342-3411

2.  Corporate Certificate:  To incorporate your business, contact the Secretary of State in Austin at 512-463-5555.

3.  Copyright - contact the United Sates Copyright Office at 202-707-3000.
  1. What is Copyright?
  2. Electronic Copyright Office
4. Certificate of Occupancy - Needed in order to open your business in the City, contact the City of Sugar Land Planning Department at 281-275-2218.

5.  Tax Responsibility - Determine the potential tax responsibilities of the new business on the federal, state, and local level.
  1. Tax Identification Number
  2. State Taxes
  3. Employment Taxes
6.  Sales and Use Tax - State Sales and Use Tax is imposed on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods as well as taxable services

7 Food Permit - Pertaining to the handling, processing, packaging and warehousing of food products, contact the City of Sugar Land Environmental and Neighborhood Services at 281-275-2170.

8. Liquor License - Pertaining to the sale, transportation or storage of alcoholic beverages contact the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at 817-451-9466

9.  Additional Frequently Requested Applications and Forms

10.  Federal Business Requirements
  1. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements
  2. Equal Employment Opportunity
  3. Safety Requirements
  4. Wage and Labor Requirements
11.  State Requirements
  1. New Hiring Program
  2. Safety Requirements
  3. Wage and Labor Requirements
  4. Workers' Compensation Insurance
  5. Labor Poster Requirements

Local, State & Federal Business Resources

National SCORE Office
SCORE - Houston
University of Houston Small Business Development Center

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce

Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division
IRS Small Business Center One-Stop Resource Center
U.S. Small Business Administration

For more information on starting a new business in Texas,
visit Texas Wide Open For Business.