Starting Your Own Business?
Office of the Genesee County Clerk
|1||Small Business Development Center(SBDC)
|Free start-up counseling:
assessment of financing options,
guidance in producing a business plan,
and marketing advice.
|2||NYS Department of Taxation||800-462-8100||Obtain a Sales Tax Kit and Sales Tax ID#|
|3||NYS Business Permit Assistance Program||518-474-8275||The NYS Business Permit Assistance Program is a resource that helps prospective business owners determine their permits and licenses needed to operate a business in New York. Use their an interactive website to help determine your New York State permit and licenses requirements at www.opal.ny.gov.
|4||City/Town Hall||585-345-6300||Obtain information regarding local permits and licenses.
If you plan to operate a business in your home,
be sure you are not in violation of a local zoning ordinance(s).
|5||IRS||800-829-1040||Obtain information regarding federal taxes and federal
employer identification number. If you are forming a
corporation or a partnership, or if you plan to hire employees,
you must file for an Employer Identification Number(EIN),
using IRS form SS-4. If you are a sole-proprietorship with no
employees you may use your own social security number on
federal tax forms. Stop at Your local IRS Office or call for the
appropriate paperwork. If you plan to hire employees, obtain
an EIN by contacting the IRS. Once you return the completed
form you will receive the forms that you are required to submit
to the federal government.
|6||NYS Department of Labor||585-258-4510||If you plan to hire employees,
find out about your Obligations to NYS unemployment.
|7||NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance||800-462-8100||Regarding forms for NYS withholdings.
Also, check the FICA requirements.
Compensation & Disability
|585-325-7242||NYS Law requires that you obtain Worker’s Compensation
& Disability Insurance coverage for your employees.
|9||Corporation filing (s) with NYS||518-473-2492||When starting a corporation: These papers are filed through
the NYS Department of State. Religious Corporations may be filed with the Genesee County Clerk’s Office. It is
recommended that you work through an attorney if you wish
to incorporate. For forms and more information, contact the
Department of State, Division of corporation and state
records, 162 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12231
(518-473-2492). State incorporation forms can also be
purchased at some Local stationary & legal form stores.
|10||Bank||N/A||Consider opening a business checking account:
Maintain this account separate from your personal account.
The bank will require a stamped, certified DBA certificate or a copy of your
incorporation papers with your corporate seal affixed. Tax ID# may be required.
|11||Telephone||N/A||Arrange for a business telephone line to be installed.
By doing this you will be entitled to a business yellow pages listing.
Consider an answering machine or answering service for
calls that come in during your absence.