We understand that taking the leap into business ownership can be both exciting and overwhelming. The tools provided here are provided to point you in the right direction and lead you down the path to success.

From evaluating your readiness to embark on business ownership to sustaining your business for years to come, and everything in between, Gwinnett Small Business Resources provides the tools you need to start, sustain and succeed.

GETTING STARTED

You’re going to start a business, congratulations! Now, where do you start?

Refer to the below tools to find out if you should own and operate your own business:

If your business is located in unincorporated Gwinnett County, you must license with Gwinnett County.

If you plan to locate a business inside the city limits of a Gwinnett County municipality, you should contact the appropriate city government.

Click here to locate your municipality and download the necessary forms.

The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP

A sole proprietorship is the most basic type of business to establish. You alone own the company and are responsible for its assets and liabilities. Learn more about the sole proprietor structure.

CORPORATION (C-CORP)

A corporation is more complex and generally suggested for larger, established companies with multiple employees. Learn more about how Corporations are structured.

CORPORATION (S-CORP)

An S corporation is similar to a C corporation but you are taxed only on the personal level. Learn more about how S corporations are structured.

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

An LLC is designed to provide the limited liability features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership. Learn more about how LLCs are structured.

PARTNERSHIP

There are several different types of partnerships, which depend on the nature of the arrangement and partner responsibility for the business. Learn more about how these are structured.

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The process of starting a business can be just a bit overwhelming. While there are many local resources available to you,the following are suggestions on valuable and free-of-charge places to begin for additional assistance.

Gwinnett Small Business Resources:

Meet with someone in Small Business Development to discuss where you are and where you need to go next. This is a complimentary consultation.Contact the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce at 770-232-3000, or complete the online inquiry form by clicking here.

SCORE Mentors

The SCORE Association, supported by SBA, is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE mentors are trained to serve as counselors, advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. SCORE’s mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at one of their many convenient metropolitan Atlanta locations, by telephone, or via email.

Make an appointment with a SCORE Mentor

SBDC Consultants

For answers to your management questions, contact their business consultants for professional individualized consultations. Confidentiality is guaranteed. SBDC consultants have earned advanced degrees in business or management and have extensive practical experience. Consultants can help: Develop and update business plans, identify sources of capital, set up record-keeping systems and analyze financial records, identify foreign markets for products or services, conduct specialized research geared to specific needs of the business-owner, create marketing strategies and advertising campaigns, explore suitable ways to conform to government regulations, increase opportunities to sell to federal, state, and local governments.

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