Doing business in the New Jersey 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.


New Jersey Taxpayer Assistance Centers
20 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-645-5543

New Jersey Division of Taxation
Three John Fitch Way
Trenton, NJ 08611
Phone: 800-323-4400

Health and safety

New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development
171 Jersey St., Building 5., First Floor
Trenton, NJ 08611
Phone: 609-292-7060

OSHA Offices in New Jersey
500 Route 17 S., Second Floor
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Phone: 201-288-1700

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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 May 3, 2023