Start a Business

We are excited that you are considering choosing North Dakota as a place to do business. There are many planning steps in establishing your business. This section provides information to guide and connect you with state agencies that may help you on this journey. 

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Business Planning

Business Planning

A business plan help you establish goals and outcomes you wish your business to achieve. The North Dakota Small Business Development Center provides guidance and resources to help new businesses find a successful start in North Dakota. Check out their Business Resource Guide for business planning basics and potential issues you may face as a new business. 

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Choosing your Business Type

Choosing your Business Type

The business structure you choose influences everything from day-to-day operations, to taxes and how much of your personal assets are at risk. You should choose a business structure that gives you the right balance of legal protections and benefits.

Explore Business Structures

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Getting Licensed – if required

Getting Licensed – if required

You may be required to get a license or registration from a state agency or board if you are involved in certain occupations. Use the following to find information on licensing requirements through varied agencies.

Licenses issued by Attorney General

  • Alcoholic Beverage Retailers
  • Amusement Games and Fair Boards
  • Firework Wholesalers
  • Charitable Gaming Organizations
  • Manufacturers and Distributors of Gaming Equipment and Supplies
  • Polygraph Operators
  • Tobacco Retailers, Wholesalers and Manufacturers
  • Transient Merchant

Licenses issued by Secretary of State 

  • Contractors
  • Home Inspectors
  • Lobbyists
  • Athlete Agents
  • Professional Employer Organizations
  • Professional Fundraisers
  • Combative Sports 

Other Licensing Information

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Sales Tax Requirements

Do You Have Sales Tax Requirements?

North Dakota imposes a sales tax on retail sales, learn if you have requirements. 

Visit the Office of the State Tax Commissioner

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Hiring Employees

Do You Have Employees?

As a North Dakota business with employees, you may also need to contact: