Doing business in the Houston 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 you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.

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.


IRS Texas Taxpayer Assistance Center
1919 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 281-721-7021

Texas Department of Revenue Services
1919 N. Loop West, Suite 640
Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713-426-8200

Health and safety

Texas Department of Labor
8701 S. Gessner Drive, Suite 1164
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713-339-5500

Texas OSHA
690 S. Loop 336 W., Suite 400
Conroe, TX 77304
Phone: 936-760-3800

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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

Download our guide to SBA resources

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Last updated September 8, 2023