Starting a Business


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 

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
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.

There are several important steps to consider when starting up a new business in Texas. 

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

Step 1Write 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. 

Step 2: Choose Your Business Location: 

Choosing a business location will depend on the type of business you operate, and is perhaps the most important decision a business owner will make. It requires precise planning and research. Consider assessing your supply chain, staying on budget, understanding state and local laws and taxes, and much more.

Step 3: Finance Your Business Understanding:

Your financial needs is a significant step towards business success. There are several ways to fund your new enterprise, including a bank loan or microloan, applying for credit through personal financing, crowdfunding, angel/venture capital investors, securing a federal loan (Small Business Administration), and other alternatives such as raising money from family and friends. 

Step 4: Business Structure and Registration:

Determine the legal structure of the business and file the business name with the state or county. Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to register with the county clerk’s office. If you decide to incorporate, register with the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS). 

Step 5: Business Tax Responsibilities:

Determine the potential tax responsibilities of the new business with federal, state, and local tax authorities. Federal tax obligations are filed through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). State tax filings are done through the Comptroller of Public Accounts. For questions about local business and property taxes, consult your county’s appraisal district or tax assessor-collector. 

Step 6: Business Licenses and Permits by Business Type:

Determine necessary licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, or authorizations for a specific business on the federal, state, and local level. The Texas Economic Development and Tourism’s Business Permit Office (BPO) provides information on state permits and licenses required for business enterprises in the state.
For more information, please reference our Business Permits Office Comprehensive Permit Guide, which provides information on permits required for businesses in Texas and individuals looking to establish, operate or expand a business in Texas. Click here to Contact BPO. 

Step 7: Determine Federal and State Employer Requirements:

There are various laws relating to the employment of personnel. To learn more about Texas employer resources, visit the Texas Workforce Commission website.

For more helpful resources and to view a copy of the OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S SMALL BUSINESS HANDBOOK click here.