Georgia

Starting Your Own Business

Know Your Rights

  • Buying Franchises and Business Opportunities (How to Protect Yourself)

    This web site contains information for people planning to start up their own businesses, or purchase a franchise in another business. The web site includes information about scams to sell businesses, marketing scams, rights to trade names, and other consumer issues. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
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    Spanish / Español
  • First Stop Business Information Center

    The First Stop Business Information Center provides the small business owner and the prospective entrepreneur with a central point of information and contacts for state regulatory requirements for operating a small business. The primary objective of the center is to facilitate sustainable small business development in Georgia by offering a central location for determination of what licenses and permits must be obtained and maintained by individuals and businesses conducting their enterprises in our great state. It is the policy of the First Stop Business Information Center staff and the Office of Secretary of State to encourage and foster the growth of business and industry in Georgia. Please use the information available here to help get your new business started and contact us with any questions you may have at (404) 656-7061, (800) 656-4558, FAX (404) 657-6380 and/or firststop@sos.state.ga.us. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Secretary of State
  • Small Business Administration Web Site

    The U.S. Small Business Administration, established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. This web site contains information about starting and financing your business, disaster assistance, the Small Business Classroom - an on-line resource for training and informing entrepreneurs, and much more. Content Detail

    By:
    Small Business Administration
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    Arabic / العربية
    Spanish / Español
  • Employment Law Guide: Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services

    This Guide describes the statutes and regulations administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide is designed mainly for those needing "hands-on" information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses in general industry. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • IRS.gov - The Web Site of the Internal Revenue Service

    This web site contains tax information for (1) Individuals, (2) Businesses, (3) Charities & Non-Profits, (4) Government Entities, (5) Tax Professionals, and (6) Retirement Plans. Content Detail

    By:
    Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury
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    Spanish / Español
  • Points of Contact for Small Business Entrepreneurs

    Before you begin to operate any kind of business, find out whether you will be required to obtain any special government licenses or permits, since, in most cases, you must obtain that particular license before commencing operation. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Secretary of State
  • Social Security Administration No-Match Letters: Top 10 Tips for Employers

    What the Social Security Administration tells employers to do when the employer receives "no-match" letters from the Social Security Administration at work, and tips for employers' responses. A "no-match" letter tells the employer that the Social Security number the employer has on file for an employee is incorrect or invalid. This document is directed at employers, but does provide information that may be helpful to employees. The document is PDF format. Content Detail

    By:
    National Employment Law Project (NHELP)
  • Business Plan Basics

    A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals, and serves as your firm's resume. The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. Because it provides specific and organized information about your company and how you will repay borrowed money, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan application. Additionally, it informs sales personnel, suppliers, and others about your operations and goals. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Small Business Administration
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    Spanish / Español
  • Personal Financial Education

    Over the years, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has developed and participated in many projects designed to build bridges between you and your financial goals. By working with consumer-interest groups, faith-based organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and other companies, the Atlanta Fed helps provide the tools that people need to make informed financial decisions. This Web site provides fundamental information about the Atlanta Fed’s educational outreach efforts. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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    Spanish / Español
  • The Law and Your Business

    Business law is a huge subject. This section provides guidance for people thinking about starting a business. This web site includes information on: (1) Securing Capital, (2) State-Local Laws That Affect New Businesses, (3) Home-Based Businesses, and (4) Tax Law for Businesses. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Business Connection

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, going to the movies, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the health club, or having the car serviced at a local garage. This web site contains information about the Federal laws that establish requirements for businesses of all sizes to accommodate the needs of disabled people. These requirements went into effect on January 26, 1992. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Justice
  • Child Care Program Licenses

    This state government site offers information on Child Care Licensing. You can watch a short video on "How To Apply To Become A Licensed Day Care Center Operator." Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Department of Human Resources, Child Care Licensing Section
  • Starting a Business

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

    By:
    U.S. Small Business Administration
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    Spanish / Español
  • Community Reinvestment Act: Does Your Bank Measure Up?

    Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up? Under the Community Reinvestment Act, the Federal Reserve Banks evaluate banks' records of meeting the credit needs of communities—including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. When banks apply for permission to expand, merge or acquire another institution, the government takes into account whether the bank has been meeting the credit needs of its community. Learn about the Congressional Act enacted in 1997 to encourage insured banks and other depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of their communities. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Register your Business Online

    Register your business with the state and obtain a provisional Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) online. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia.gov