Basic Requirements for Starting Your Business
Registering the name of your business: You must obtain an Assumed Name Certificate (DBA) at the County Clerk after verifying that the name you have chosen has not already been registered in the county. Contact the Comal County Clerk by calling 830-221-1230, or by mail at 150 N. Seguin, Suite 101, New Braunfels, TX, 78130.
Texas Comptrollers Office
Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service sponsors workshops to educate people involved in small businesses about their rights and responsibilities as business taxpayers. Some workshops are co-sponsored by other federal agencies and involve state and local taxing bodies. These workshops are held monthly, in most cases, and generally are free. The IRS web site includes a Small Business Corner with information for small businesses.
300 E. 8th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-5439 or (800) 829-1040
Texas Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is responsible for registering and regulating Business and Non-profit Corporations in Texas. This site includes information on incorporation and filing of proper forms. Most of the forms required for incorporation are available for downloading.
Austin, TX 78701
Texas Department of Economic Development
The Department of Economic Development is responsible for assisting Texas communities and businesses in developing and encouraging economic development. In addition to information on various programs offered in and by the state, the site includes a Business Resources section offering both technical and financial assistance including A Guide to Texas Business Licenses and Permits and Business Start-up Information.
1700 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78711
U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
An independent federal agency which provides the prospective, new and established person in the small business community with financial assistance, management counseling and training. SBA helps obtain and direct government procurement contracts for small firms. Financial assistance is offered through the SBA's loan programs in which private lenders participate. A new Low Documentation (LODOC) application has greatly simplified the process for loan requests of $100,000 or less. Counseling is provided through SCORE and Small Business Development Centers. Surety Bond assistance is offered to contractors. The SBA maintains an office of International Trade which encourages small business to participate in international trade by offering a wide range of educational and assistance programs. The SBA also has numerous business publications and videos on financial management, planning, personnel, management and marketing. The site also operates a U.S. Business Advisor site with pertinent advice and help topics.
San Antonio District Office
17319 San Pedro, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78232
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Sponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration
SCORE offers management counseling for small business by retired executives and business owners. A wide range of expertise allows for matching SCORE members with client needs. SCORE works confidentially with existing businesses to analyze problems and help find solutions. SCORE also conducts seminars and workshops with special emphasis on small business start-up. This site has links to other business information including an excellent Business Owner's Toolkit and offers a business e-mail counseling service