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Whether you are a DC business owner or are thinking about becoming one,
the Business Resource Center can help provide the resources you need to
fulfill your entrepreneurial goals. Below find answers to the most popular
questions asked at the BRC.
Start Your Business in DC
What local organizations conduct semester-long small business programs?
Contact the following organizations to find out about their comprehensive entrepreneurship programs:
Do I need a business license and if so, what
kind of license do I need?
Visit the Department
of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Business License Center.
Is there a common tax registration form for
Yes, you will need to complete the FR-500.
Should I become an LLC, an S Corp or a sole
Compare organization types online at the BRC.
I am relocating my business to DC. What will
I need to do?
Visit DCRA’s Corporations Division to learn more about registration requirements..
Do I need a permit if I will be running
my business out of my home?
All home-based businesses will need the Home Occupation Permit. Find this permit at DCRA's
Home Occupation Permit page.
What is an EIN and do I need one?
All businesses should get an Employer ID Number (EIN) whether they actually need one or not. Visit the IRS business website to find out more.
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