Resources for Businesses and Start-Ups
Starting a Business in Colorado
Good news – report after report shows that Colorado is one of the most economically viable states to start your new business! But how do you get started with registering a new business with the State? What if you need to apply for a professional or occupational license too? The following information will put you on the right track.
MyBizColorado is an easy online application that guides you step-by-step through the process of registering a new business or expanding an existing business with the state. Not sure what MyBizColorado is? Check out this announcement or watch the video.
At MyBizColorado, you can plan and coordinate all your initial registration with:
- The Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) for registration required for most business activity in Colorado and guidance regarding the registration of your trade name
- The Department of Revenue (DOR) for wage withholding, account creation, etc.
- The Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) for Unemployment Insurance account arrangements
Additionally, you’ll be pointed to additional resources, such as the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), representatives of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), as well as right here at DORA.
The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network provides free, confidential and expert business consulting tailored to your needs. Download the Colorado Business Resource Book from the SBDC.
Curious if the name you want for your business already exists? Search the Colorado Secretary of State database of business organizations, names and trademarks.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade offers information and resources tax incentives, funding programs and other start-up support services. Visit their A-to-Z listing of financial assistance programs that may be right for you.
Learn about additional resources that may be available to you through the regional office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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You may be here because you are required by state regulatory and licensing laws to apply for a license for your particular profession, occupation or industry. DORA's divisions manage the licensing for most state-required individual professional and occupational licenses.
If you have started registering your own business through MyBizColorado, you may have been prompted to visit DORA to ensure that you have access to information regarding any professional or occupational licensing requirements that may be associated with registering your business with the state.
If you are not registering a business, but you know you are required to have a professional or occupational license, check What We Regulate on DORA's website to locate your profession, occupation or industry and the associated board's web page.
If you do not see your profession listed under What We Regulate at DORA, try Other Licenses & Regulatory Resources. Your licensing requirements may be housed under another agency, or it may not be a regulatory requirement by the state.
Feel free to Contact DORA or send us an Online Chat (check business hours on the Contact DORA page).