Starting a new business can be a scary undertaking, to help you get started, we provided information to guide you through the process. Below are the most common permits and items to look out for when starting a new business. Our partners at SBDC provides technical assistance to maneuver through some of these requirements making the process smooth and easy. for assistance please contact our SBDC at (830)758-5022.

Additionally, below you can find a 7-Step Guide on Starting a Business in Texas provided by the Office of the Governor Small Business Handbook.

  1. Step 1
  2. Step 2
  3. Step 3
  4. Step 4
  5. Step 5
  6. Step 6
  7. Step 7

Step 1 - Write Your Business Plan:

A business plan is an essential road map for business success. This living document will serve to outline the main purpose of your business, its structure, its financing, and advantages over other market competitors. A solid plan should include a description of the business, market analysis, organization and management structure, and applications of funding.

Most common required permits

Assumed Name Certificate Estimated
cost $34.50 (certify copy)/$28.50 (regular copy)

State of Texas Sales Tax Permit
Free, available from SBDC office or the State Comptroller's Office
click here to apply 
City Permits
Various, depending on type of business. Please contact us at (830) 773-7781
Food Managers Certification
$125 for first time test, $45 for retesting
Food Handlers Certification
$25, includes 2 hour course, exam, and state certification if you pass the exam.
Federal ID Number
Available at SBDC Office or t the nearest IRS Office
State ID Number TWC
Contact Texas Workforce Center  Commission if you hire employees or you have a special need.  
After 20 weeks or $1,500 paid to an employee.