Doing business in the North Dakota 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.


North Dakota Taxpayer Assistance Centers
657 Second Ave. N.
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 701-232-4710

North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 127
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: 701-328-7088

Health and safety

North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 406
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: 701-328-2660

OSHA Offices in North Dakota
521 E. Main Ave., Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-250-4521

North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance
1600 East Century Ave., Suite 1
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: 800-777-5033

North Dakota Department of Human Services, Child Support Division
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: 701-328-7528

Job Service of North Dakota
1350 32nd St. S.
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-328-2814

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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