Doing business in the Georgia District

Business requirements

SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.

Business name and registration

Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If your business is a corporation, LLC or partnership, you will also need to register with the Georgia Corporations Division.

Business licensing and zoning

Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.


Georgia Taxpayer Assistance Centers
2888 Woodcock Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-338-7962

Georgia Department of Revenue
1800 Century Blvd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 404-417-2100

Health and safety

Georgia Department of Labor
61 Forsyth St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-893-4600

Georgia OSHA Area Offices
2296 Henderson Mill Road NE., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 770-493-6644

1995 N. Park Place SE., Suite 525
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 678-903-7301

State small business profiles

Need information on the local business landscape? SBA's Office of Advocacy has the latest demographic and statistics on local small business economic activity.

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Local assistance

Need help? Get free business counseling in your area.

SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Local lenders

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    Download a list of participating lenders in our area.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

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Last updated March 22, 2024