State Guides

From licensing fees to payroll taxes, here's everything you need to know to start a service business in your state.

Small Business State Guides

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Alabama

Whether you say “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide,” the Yellowhammer State is ready to welcome your new business.

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Alabama
California

With 4.1 million small businesses in California representing 99.8% of all businesses in the state, California is quite possibly one of the most entrepreneurial states in the US.

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California
Colorado

Home to over 653,000 small businesses and boasting the 6th best-ranked economy in the nation, the Centennial State is a great place for your service business to call home.‍

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Colorado
Florida

Florida consistently ranks among the best states in the US for business, largely thanks to its favorable state tax policies, competitive costs, and streamlined regulatory environment.

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Florida
Georgia

Ranked the #1 state for business for eight consecutive years, Georgia is the perfect home base for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Georgia
Hawaii

With a low General Excise Tax and a long list of small business incentives, the Aloha State could be the perfect place for your business.‍

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Hawaii
Illinois

Illinois has a range of incentives for new business owners, including a healthy labor market, relatively low-income taxes, and plenty of access to startup capital.‍

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Illinois
Indiana

You’ve probably heard about Indiana’s booming manufacturing industry. But it may surprise you to learn that over 529,456 small businesses make up a whopping 99.4% of all businesses in the state.

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Indiana
Kansas

The Sunflower State has a strong entrepreneurial culture, thanks to an ongoing state-level commitment to supporting small businesses.

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Kansas
Maryland

With a long list of appealing tax incentives and an easy business registration process, Maryland more than lives up to its state slogan: "We're open for business!"‍‍

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Maryland
Michigan

With a favorable corporate tax rate and a range of incentives for entrepreneurs, the Great Lakes State could be the perfect place to launch your service business.

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Michigan
Missouri

With a low corporate tax rate and the seventh lowest cost of living in the country, Missouri—the gateway to the south—is an excellent home base for a service business.

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Missouri
Ohio

In what was once the heart of America’s manufacturing region, Ohio is now home to almost 1 million small businesses and boasts the seventh largest economy in the nation.

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Ohio
Oregon

Incubator to all kinds of distinctive entrepreneurs, Oregon is a place where anyone with a great idea can launch a successful business.

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Oregon
Tennessee

With one foot in Appalachia and the other on the Mississippi, Tennessee straddles a strategic region in the South. Make your service business the next southern success story.

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Tennessee
Texas

As a new entrepreneur, you’ll never be alone in the Lone Star State. Texas is home to more than 3 million small businesses and its economy is second in size only to California.

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Texas
Utah

With a range of business-friendly government policies and the fastest-growing population in the country, Utah is regularly named one of the best states for business.

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Utah
Virginia

Small businesses account for 99.5% of all businesses in Virginia, and the state boasts a high business survival rate.

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Virginia
Wisconsin

Wisconsin is known for cheese, beer, and lumber. But true Wisconsinites also know that the state is a mecca for entrepreneurs.

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Wisconsin
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