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 (certified copy) / $28.50 (regular copy)

State of Texas Sales Tax Permit
Free, available from your 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 at 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