Wed 25 Nov 2015 | By:

Georgia Business Licenses: Everything You Need to Know

Business Licenses

In order for you to completely become a legal entity when starting a small business in Georgia, it is imperative that you register for business licenses at the federal and state levels.

There are various Georgia business licenses that relate to your business. However, if you choose to bypass these requirements, you will eventually get in trouble. Depending on the gravity of the offense, penalties ranging from fines to suspension of business operations may occur.

To help you navigate your Georgia business license requirements, this guide has presented a four solid resources to get you going.


1) Georgia Business Resource of the SBA

The US Small Business Administration has become an indispensable source of information anything related to starting a business, including taking care of your business licenses in Georgia.

The SBA has a section for Georgia Business Resource where you can find information on business licenses, permits and other regulations required to operate in the state legally. Important links to where you can find the various application forms for different business licenses are also included in this section of the website.


2) Georgia USA Small Business Resource Directory

Any information you need to start a small business in Georgia is available in the Georgia USA Small Business Resource Directory. On the Start My Small Business section, there is a special part where business licenses are briefly discussed with a corresponding link of the appropriate state agency to cater to your inquiries.


3) Georgia’s Secretary of State website

The one Georgia business license resource that you should never forget when you’re complying with your obligations is the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. An entire section of the website is dedicated to Licensing information. Also, online application forms are available for you to use.

Then, the latest licensing news you need to be aware of are also listed on the Licensing page to ensure that you are up to date with your obligations. Quick links to important events as well as contact information to the office are provided on the same page so you are able to keep your requirements in order and ready for completion.


4) Georgia First Stop Business Guide

The Georgia First Stop Business Guide is a downloadable article that outlines each phase of the business life cycle, from frequently asked questions by small business entrepreneurs to various contact information of different Georgia agencies that are useful to your business venture. As a business license resource, the guide has allotted a section where Georgia business licenses and the corresponding requirements are thoroughly discussed.

Note that this article is not a legal advice. As such, when you’re complying with Georgia business license requirements, you can refer to a local professional for expert advice.

About Liesha Petrovich

Liesha is a small business owner of 20 years, host of Startup Savant, the owner of a karate dojo in Maine, and creator of Work Mobly. During free time she's with her family and working on a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship.