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STARTING YOUR BUSINESS

 

KEY STEPS TO STARTING YOUR BUSINESS IN LONGMONT

These steps may vary according to the type of business, but the following guide for the 10 Key Steps to Starting a Business will give you a general idea.
 
  1. Get assistance and startup information from the Longmont EDP by contacting Jessica Erickson at jessica@longmont.org or 303-651-0128
  2. Create a business plan with help from the Boulder SBDC.
  3. Determine a business name.  To verify if a name is already being used in Colorado, check the Secretary of State website.
  4. Determine the legal structure of the business.  The Business Startup Essentials class is a monthly class offered by the Boulder SBDC, designed to help you understand business entity choices.  For class dates, location and to sign up Click Here
  5. Select a site and determine zoning and site permit requirements with help from the City of Longmont Planning and Development Services Department. If you plan to operate out of your home, obtain information about requirements for home occupations by contacting Code Enforcement.
  6. Obtain any special licenses and permits here.
  7. Get City of Longmont Sales and Use tax information here.  Any business engaged in business within the City of Longmont must obtain a City Sales and Use Tax License and collect city sales tax on retail transactions within the city. Income tax information can be found through the Internal Revenue Service.
  8. Learn about employer responsibilities and state and federal employer tax information from the Colorado Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service.
 

RESOURCES

 
Colorado Business Resource Book
The Colorado Business Resource Book is a product of the Colorado SBDC Network to assist business in starting and maintaining a successful business in Colorado.  The book references most city, state and federal forms needed to establish a business in the state.  Since each business is unique in how it starts and grows, we encourage you to fill out an application for the Longmont Area Economic Council’s small business assistance to gain free confidential consulting. To download a copy of this book    Click Here              
 
Boulder Small Business Development Center
The Boulder SBDC supports the growth and resiliency of small businesses in Boulder County by providing free, one-on-one business consulting, practical workshops & events and connections to resources, including financing. The SBDC helps all types of small businesses – from startups through 2nd stage, from “Main Street” through highly scalable technology ventures. To learn more about SBDC services and register for free consulting Click Here
 
MyBizColorado
MyBizColorado is the fastest way to register and manage a business. This is the official filing tool for the State of Colorado. You can start right now, or take a few moments to learn more by clicking HERE.

Small Business Navigator
For questions around sales tax licensing, trade name registration, FEIN, federal tax question IRS.gov Bette Brennan
303 892-3840 
 
Starting A Business FAQs   
Longmont City Sales and Use Tax Licensing
The City Sales and Use Tax Department puts on quarterly Sales and Use Tax Seminars in order to assist you with your filings.  To see a schedule of upcoming seminars Click Here
 
Occupational License Database
This database contains state and federal regulations. Additional city regulations may exist, so be sure to check with the Longmont city or county clerk licensing department.
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