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We have an inherent entrepreneurial spirit and drive for innovation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation even named the Dallas Region the Best Place for Startups. We welcome companies that choose to move or expand into the area. While small business owners already know laws and processes required to form a company, you will benefit from the following resources specific to the Dallas Region.

Resources and Centers to Assist Business Growth and Development

If you are going to start a business here and need help, or if you’d like to apply for funding for your existing business, use the following databases to find helpful resources on government assistance.

Small Business Association

Government-run center for small business owners to receive financing, entrepreneurial development and education, government contracting, and legal advocacy; routinely publish newsletters and guides for relocating business owners

Texas Wide Open for Business

Informational company that can help you find links to governmental support, such as grants or skill development; also offers their own information about relocating your business

America's Small Business Development Center

Has multiple locations across the country, with each conducting its own research; counsels and trains business people in managing, financing and operating small businesses; provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields

How to Start an LLC

You are ready to start your new Texas business and you’ve decided that you want to form an LLC, or “limited liability company”. What’s next? The setup process is multi-step, but this article will give you the steps you need. We also provide links to important sites and give you things to think about along the way.

Relocating Your Business: Entities, Regulations and Taxes

When considering moving a fully formed business, be prepared for an extensive process. You must find a new space, apply for taxes, inform and prepare your staff, publicize the move to customers (if relevant to business), get new business licenses, and physically make the move.

How to Relocate Your Formal Business Entity

If you move your corporate offices to Texas, you have one of three options. You may continue as a corporation in your old state and register as a foreign corporation doing business in Texas. Alternately, you can dissolve your corporation fully in your old state and form the corporation again in Texas. Finally, you may do a reorganization, in which you form a new company in Texas and merge it with your existing company.

Office of the Secretary of State

If you’ve chosen to operate your business as a Limited Partnership, LLC (Limited Liability Company) or a Corporation (Professional and Nonprofit), you will register with the Office of the Secretary of State

Name Filing

If you’ve chosen to operate your business as Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership, you’ll need to file an Assumed Name Certificate, or DBA (Doing Business As), for the name or names of your business. The county clerk for your business’ area will issue the certificate. If your business will not have a physical location, you must file in every area it will operate.

Office of the Secretary of State

To check to see if the name you’ve chosen for your business is available in Texas,

Zoning Regulations and Product Restrictions

If your business will be operating out of your home, you must check zoning regulations and product restrictions in order to legally operate.

Register your Mark

If your business or product is trademarked, you may need to register it again. Businesses that sell their goods or services only in Texas must register their marks with the state. Those doing interstate business must register federally.

Tax Obligations

Texas is one of the top 10 states for lowest overall tax burdens, as residents don’t have company tax or individual income tax. Unless your company has a yearly revenue of more than $1,000,000, you may well be exempt from other types of tax as well. For more information, visit Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

In the Dallas Region, your business will have tax obligations at a local, state, and federal level. The contact information for local tax obligations will differ per county, but state and federal contacts will remain the same.

Local Taxes

The Dallas Region has a strong business culture, and a variety of local incentive programs are available to expanding or relocating businesses.

State Taxes

The Dallas Region has a strong business culture, and a variety of state incentive programs are available to expanding or relocating businesses.

Federal Taxes

Access to tax information useful to small businesses with assets of $10 million or less.

Employer ID Numbers

To obtain Employee Identification Numbers, you can apply for one online.

Texas Workforce Commission Social Security Administration

For state and federal employee tax obligations, you will need to contact:

Permits and Licenses

Dallas City Hall

In Dallas City Hall, you can obtain any permit, license, or certificate your business needs.

Dallas Building Inspection Division

For Dallas’ Building Inspection Division, which ensures your business space complies with local laws, visit its Oak Cliff location.

Governmental Loans, Funds and Incentives

As a small business, you can receive loans such as state/federal incentives, local incentives, and funding companies. Loans help lower the costs of running a small business, so that your company can have a competitive edge in its market when operating or creating jobs.

State and federal loans specific to small businesses include the following:

Texas Enterprise Fund

Attracts new businesses to the area and assists in their expansion

Skills Development Fund

Supports educational opportunities for company employees, such as pairing with a university, as well as to promote fair wages

Texas Small Business Fund

Gives capital loans to promote the growth of innovative companies

The Economic Development and Diversification Program

Benefit for relocated businesses that grants in-state tuition waivers to employee’s children

Data Center Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Exemption for data-specific business centers on their state sales and use tax

Research and Developement Tax Credit

Gives a business the option of no sales tax on products necessary for their research, or franchise tax credit
Local incentives include the availability of tax abatements for the expansion or investments of a small emerging business.

Dallas Regional Chamber for more info

The Dallas Regional Chamber can provide more information about these funds, loans and tax incentives. Here you’ll also find descriptions of site-specific incentives, such as foreign trade zones.


Once your company has settled in Dallas, you’ll benefit from finding your place in the small business community. In addition to advice, mentorship and industry connections, networking can help you expand your business’ employee count. Forbes named Texas the best state for future job growth, so rest assured your business can multiply in size should you want it to.

The Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber works with over 1,200 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our education system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing quality of life for all.

Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals

The Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals (YP) develop the Dallas region’s future leaders by providing ambitious young professionals with the opportunity to build relationships, serve the community, and engage with political, civic, and business leaders. YP membership is open to people between the ages of 22 and 40 from all industries, and the group represents a diverse range of companies, backgrounds, and ideas.

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) is a coworking space and 501c3 non-profit created to help entrepreneurs start, build, and grow companies through education, mentorship, and community.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

For more information on startup communities in the Dallas Region, check out our entrepreneurship page.