https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/rss/13571/feed en LLC Newspaper Publication Question https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/llc-newspaper-publication-question My Arizona State requires an LLC's Articles of Organizations to be published for three consecutive days within 60 days after April 9th, but they are publishing mine on June 5,8,10th and my deadline is the 8th for the 60 days. Am I going to run into any problems for the last day of publication being 62 days when it should be 60? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/llc-newspaper-publication-question#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:26:56 +0000 AshleyJones777 1113923 at https://www.sba.gov/community Starting small clothing brand https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-small-clothing-brand Hello everyone. I want to start an LLC in NYC for my clothing brand. So far I only have t-shirts to sell but later on I will sell caps, sweaters etc. I will run my business from my home in NYC. I was wondering do I need to register for sales tax? NYC does not tax clothing under $110 none of my clothes will be over $110 for a single item. If I do need one is there a fee? I can't find the answer to that and if I would need a business license for this type of business. Also has anyone started an LLC on their own? The forms look pretty straight forward. I just don't understand if I need to Appoint a Registered Agent in NYC. I think I don't need one but not sure who will act as the registered agent. Is the Operating Agreement just a form I fill out or do I have to create and write one? Are there still Publication Requirements in NYC? I am seeing different answers. Thanks https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-small-clothing-brand#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 24 May 2015 19:39:53 +0000 itsallaboutp 1113886 at https://www.sba.gov/community How to start an online Business as a minor https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-start-online-business-minor Hello, I am almost 16 years old and am trying to start an online business. I am wondering how I could do this as a minor. I want to make sure that I am obeying all of the laws to starting an online business. However, since I am a minor I do not know quite how I can do that. I am wondering if anyone out there knows how I could start this business as a minor. Thanks. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-start-online-business-minor#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:22:57 +0000 quickfixgeek 1113480 at https://www.sba.gov/community Payroll and customer payment options https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/payroll-and-customer-payment-options Hi, I would like to start a home based business in Illinois and I need advice on the payroll processing and customers payment options and what will be the best way to set it up? Not sure how I can manage the transactions, and what is the easiest way? If anyone can tell me where I can get more information about it I would greatly appreciate it. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/payroll-and-customer-payment-options#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:59:34 +0000 Jezzebeth8 1113623 at https://www.sba.gov/community Paperwork & starting in multiple locations https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/paperwork-starting-multiple-locations My friend and I are starting a business selling handcrafted leather goods. We plan on making these items together in both our homes (Endwell, NY and Pennellville, NY respectively) then selling them at neither location, but instead at Cons, shows, and events, both in and out of New York. We want one business, (probably an LLC if possible) not two separate sole proprietorships. We are hoping to do at least one show together before looking at outside funding, in part to be able to road test our business model, and in part to be able to provide better data proving our products in particular are competitive versus others of their general type. The trouble is finding out how to do that legally when many locations are involved. Thus far any how to's I have read either assumed we already had the legal stuff taken care of, or assume that we are one craftsman working and selling in one location. What paperwork do we need to have filed, in what order, in what location before we start? Do we have to do all of this before our first show or before we start making product? Any help or input would be appreciated. Suzie & Phil https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/paperwork-starting-multiple-locations#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 27 May 2015 23:17:37 +0000 HNT Leather Goods 1113903 at https://www.sba.gov/community Funding a business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/funding-business I have money in stocks. I would like to know if there is any way to use my own funds to start my business without a tax penalty for the withdrawal. I have all the money I need, so I do not want to have to borrow money, nor do I want to have a stiff penalty for accessing my own money. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/funding-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 07 Mar 2015 22:22:20 +0000 lashanta_atkinson 1113568 at https://www.sba.gov/community Keeping new business secret and anonymous from current employer. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/keeping-new-business-secret-and-anonymous-current-employer Hello, How does one keep the intent and actual business creation - discreet and secret from my current employer? For example, just to file the DBA requires a legal name and business address. If my employer were to become aware of my intent, especially in such an early stage where I am just "thinking" about starting a competing business, I would risk termination and possible personal financial trouble. So many aspects of starting a business require openness and leave little room for anonymity. My start-up would require purchasing from many of my current employers vendors. Can anyone offer suggestions? Thank you! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/keeping-new-business-secret-and-anonymous-current-employer#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 07 May 2015 23:06:34 +0000 ThePlywoodCompany 1113813 at https://www.sba.gov/community Ambulette business in NY https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/ambulette-business-ny Im disabled veteran and I want to start a non emergency transportation (ambulette) business in New York, NY. Who can help me to get a step by step guide on how to get a license for this business. Thank you! Zafar https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/ambulette-business-ny#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 20 May 2015 01:48:10 +0000 zafari2001 1113868 at https://www.sba.gov/community looking forward to starting my own business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/looking-forward-starting-my-own-business Hello everyone,i am looking forward to starting my own business in the foods . so now i looking for resources on creating a business plan or any info on registering a business . can let me know anybody? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/looking-forward-starting-my-own-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 05 May 2015 08:52:48 +0000 Mahmudur 1113797 at https://www.sba.gov/community Starting business on H4 Visa https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-h4-visa Hello, I'm Maha, I currently reside in Pittsburgh on H4 Dependent Visa. I have an idea about starting a business on Web application development basically wanted to target hospitals. I have few questions on this, 1. Can I start a business on H4 Visa? I currently live with my Husband, he is on H1 Visa. 2. Early to ask this question but wanted to check. Can I make calls to Hospitals getting their contacts through their website and talk about my sample application and features? Is this legal to market application (after starting a business)? 3. This is a single member(myself) business and this business doesn't require any financial help and no shareholders, should this be a C- Corp? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-h4-visa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:00:23 +0000 mahalakshmi 1113760 at https://www.sba.gov/community New Personal or New Business Checking https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-personal-or-new-business-checking Hello All, Wondering if anyone has had this problem as well. Starting a business and went to go open a business checking account and found the fees and minimums to be too high (at least for the initial start up phase). So instead I may just open a new personal checking account. Anyone have any ideas, thoughts or experience with this? Thanks! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-personal-or-new-business-checking#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 07 May 2015 15:36:45 +0000 correira99 1113811 at https://www.sba.gov/community How to become a contractor or an advicer https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/how-become-contractor-or-advicer I have been wondering if my website (This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.) will ever grow to become a company that I am proud of. Recently, I have not been getting any customers and I don't know for how long this will continue, but I would like to pursue other avenues apart from writing research papers like helping other companies to do their business through a contract. How can I do this? I am also very good in giving advice, and can remember asking a bank to hire interns to serve the customers at the tellers, but the bank told they cannot hire an intern to become a teller. The bank was very slow when serving customers. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/how-become-contractor-or-advicer#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:52:52 +0000 KelvinNyota 1103331 at https://www.sba.gov/community Starting Online business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-online-business-6 I will keep this as simplistic as possible as from reading other post sometimes vague questions are asked which make it harder to get an idea of what to do. I simply want to know a few things and shall post them below. 1-I am in New York, who do I contact to find out about online business laws/rules/statutes,licensing etc to sell products like trading cards and or wrist bands? if anyone knows WHO to contact, let me know, if you already know the answer about the "rules" what are they in general? 2-Do I need a license to sell online products? I know I must get a Tax ID and register, but I have concerns and want to be 100% legitimate and do not want any issues while conducting my business. 3-This will be a sole proprietorship, what extra steps do I need to take during tax time in a nutshell? 4-I may also do charity work like donations and receive donations at the choice of the consumer, how does this factor into earnings and what is it considered? Thank you in advanced for answering my questions as these are the only things holding me back from starting as I do not want to start without everything being 100% clear first. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-online-business-6#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:41:51 +0000 MrDominoe 1113501 at https://www.sba.gov/community business trend https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/other-business-issues/business-trend I want to start business in USA please give me the ideas about the trend ? thanks in advance https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/other-business-issues/business-trend#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:24:02 +0000 davidjhon 1113692 at https://www.sba.gov/community Need Help on where to start with vacation rentals https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/need-help-where-start-with-vacation-rentals My husband and I just moved & are planning on purchasing and building vacation rentals as soon as possible. I am in the process of trying to figure out funding and registering. I do not have any rentals yet, but should I go ahead and set up and register my business first? Would this help with funding? And where do I go for land funding for a business? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/need-help-where-start-with-vacation-rentals#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 05 May 2015 21:27:57 +0000 casdazh 1113800 at https://www.sba.gov/community SBA Loan App https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/sba-loan-app Does anyone know where you submit all your paperwork for the application of an SBA? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/sba-loan-app#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:00:55 +0000 jameslnew 1113778 at https://www.sba.gov/community start-up assistances with loans/grants https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/start-assistances-with-loansgrants Hello to all, I am starting a Maintenance/paint & home repair company. at this time I am studding for the NASCLA/OSHA/Contractors test. I have been looking all over the internet and finding it extremely difficult in the realms of basic information as to how to get a Loan/Grant and/or where to find it. With that said I am hopping you all might help me find said information or at a minimal lead me in the right direction. Here is my situation; I am looking for a loan/grant to help with the purchase of a new vehicle (the one I have is not suited for the task and will have to trade in.), some items in the technical realm (laptop/printer/etc.), monies to in cress the amount I can place for Bonding and Insurance & some items in the equipment realm(drywall Jack/portable table saw/etc.). the amount I am looking for is around $15,000.00 to $30,000.00. Now here is the downer in my situation, I am an "army of one" and my credit is poor, thus, banks will not even look at me. At this time I have zero collateral . The only thing that could be used for collateral is used tools and we all know that wont work. So, I am at a loss... Thus I leave it to your good graces. I thank you for your time and help in this matter. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/start-assistances-with-loansgrants#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:45:11 +0000 Armor Maintenance 1113773 at https://www.sba.gov/community New small business, incorporating, and taxes https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-small-business-incorporating-and-taxes I've recently started a small ecommerce business out of my home. It's in the very early stages, so my initial thought was to make sure it's really viable before I even start looking into registering it in some fashion. However, I am investing in several hundred dollars worth of equipment for the business and I want to be able to write those expenses off as business expenses. Do I have to incorporate it now in order to write off the expenses? Or can I do it later in the year and still write off these 2015 expenses? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-small-business-incorporating-and-taxes#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:01:16 +0000 bennerj 1113531 at https://www.sba.gov/community Hello in the midst of starting a board game coffee shop https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/hello-midst-starting-board-game-coffee-shop Hi All, My name is Clifton I am currently working in Yosemite National Park. I have had a desire to open my own board game and coffee shop for a long time. I have been working on the business plan and slowly starting small portions of it like selling things on Ebay such as cards practicing my coffee crafting skills ect. I have run aground in that I believe I have nearly everything that is required to start raising money except a solid financial plan I have done everything I can to put one together hours of research and re-re-rewriting and there is still so much that seems to elude me. Working in the park puts me hours away from any physical SBA or any other small business assistance program. So any assistance would be ridiculously fantastic. If anyone has a source or link they think was or will be especially helpful I would love to look at it. Sense this primarily my brain child at the moment. So a little about the business we are looking at opening. We plan on moving into the Denver area. We want to serve some basic food options such as pre-made sandwiches; also drinks such as coffee, tea, beer, and soda. Finally we will have board games, card games, WiFi and a dedicated play area. If you are interested in checking out more or would like to lend a proverbial hand please visit us at www.zerofoxcng.com alternatively you can leave a comment of course! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/hello-midst-starting-board-game-coffee-shop#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:52:46 +0000 Zerofox 1113719 at https://www.sba.gov/community Small Business Startup https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/small-business-startup Getting started! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/small-business-startup#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 21 Sep 2013 06:09:59 +0000 lmcclellan44 753912 at https://www.sba.gov/community Where to file LLC for a business that's going to be in multiple states https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/where-file-llc-business-thats-going-be-multiple-states Hello, I searched around a bit and can't seem to find an answer anywhere. I want to open a software business in Florida, that's going to also operate in California. The software side of the business is going to be based out of Florida (developers). There is also going to be a retail side that's going to start in California. My question is, should i file for two different business licenses or operate under the same license? The goal is to follow the law and avoid taxes when I can. Thank you so much, https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/where-file-llc-business-thats-going-be-multiple-states#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:08:08 +0000 socialClub 1113747 at https://www.sba.gov/community Amir Najam SBA.gov https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/amir-najam-sbagov Hello I am looking for some advice as to what benefits registering with SBA.gov offers. Thanks https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/amir-najam-sbagov#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:17:03 +0000 nudgeneo 1113706 at https://www.sba.gov/community Cigar Wrap Business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/cigar-wrap-business I have always wanted to start my own cigar wrap business. There has been no real steps taken to make it a reality yet, just some information gathering. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the production process of making these wraps? If no one can help on that regard, is there a certain type of group, company, or what have you that would either get me this information or be able to be a consultant or something like this? There is a lot of other information I need, but this is a good start. Any help would be greatly appreciated. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/cigar-wrap-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:31:22 +0000 kymiwi 1113680 at https://www.sba.gov/community Bringing a Business from Brazil to the USA https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/bringing-business-brazil-usa Hello, I am an American Citizen entering a partnership with a Brazilian Citizen on a Business that was established in August of 2013 in Brazil. The Business has grown immensely there and now I want to bring it to the US. What are the steps we need to take so we can start operating ASAP as we already have interest parties here in the US? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/bringing-business-brazil-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:37:30 +0000 Mbrwr 1113697 at https://www.sba.gov/community Developing an informational website - compliance questions https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/developing-informational-website-compliance-questions I'm an independent health insurance broker in Wisconsin and I want to create an informational website, but I'm not finding much information on the regulation and rules for health insurance informational websites. I won't be selling anything on the site or talking about any specific insurance plans or products. I will be providing articles, blogs, and videos on health insurance topics in general (ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Does anyone know of regulatory guidance for this type of site? I'm not finding much on cms.gov or my state's insurance commissioner. Thoughts and ideas? Thanks! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/developing-informational-website-compliance-questions#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:08:37 +0000 rubystar07 1113619 at https://www.sba.gov/community Choosing legal structure for embroidery business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/choosing-legal-structure-embroidery-business I am currently in the start-up phase of my embroidery business. I am wanting feedback from other business owners on which legal structure is best between an LLC, C-Corp or S-Corp. I appreciate any advice. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/choosing-legal-structure-embroidery-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:10:55 +0000 BPembroidery 1113589 at https://www.sba.gov/community Creating a parent LLC https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/creating-parent-llc Hi there! I have two existing businesses (LLCs) and am getting ready to file for a third (llc). I want the third to be the parent company. How do I do this? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/creating-parent-llc#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:36:26 +0000 paulysully 1113629 at https://www.sba.gov/community set up business in usa https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/set-business-usa Hi Dear all, I am a Travel Agent from India, having more then five years of experience. I found this site great help for new small business owners. Hope, I will also get some important tips to start up a new Sub-Agency of a main travel company which is already running in USA.I have full business plan ready. I want provide my online services to the clients who commencing their trips from USA. The Payment gateway will in USA only. I have few doubts to be cleared. 1. Could you please advise some reliable person or agency who can register a LLC over there on my behalf. 2. Is there any way to open a business account in USA. Please advise me all possible ways. ...........Thanks & Regards https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/set-business-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:40:49 +0000 Tewatia 1113497 at https://www.sba.gov/community ownership of LLC https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/ownership-llc Hello, I come from Germany and I have started an online business in the US. My question is about the ownership of a LLC. I was told that the Members of the LLC are not listed on the Articles of Organization and not in a State database. Ownership will be determined by the Organizational Meeting and Minutes and the Operating Agreement. These documents exist only in my office and are not listet public as a proof of ownership in any state database. so ANYBODY can create and print these files out, are they useless for proof? If I wish to include member/manager information I will need to file articles of amendment at this point. Again: Can ANYBODY file these documents? who is verifying that the changes of the members are allowed. I want to invest money in my LLC but I am not sure how to ensure that nobody can take over my company. In germany you have to go to a notary and verify with your passport that you are founding this entity. everybody can see that the company is yours. It is listed in the district court. how can I ensure, that the company remains to me? thank you https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/ownership-llc#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:31:17 +0000 vsitor 1113496 at https://www.sba.gov/community Have capital but bad credit https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/have-capital-bad-credit Hello. I am looking into a franchise. My parents offered to give me the capital I need (as a gift) so I don't need a business loan. But I have bad credit after an illness. Will I have a difficult time getting approved by a franchise with a bad credit history? Should I think of doing something else, i.e. business on my own, rather than a franchise? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/have-capital-bad-credit#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:45:37 +0000 Mason12 1112981 at https://www.sba.gov/community