What to Know About Getting a Small Business License in Michigan

If you are looking to start your own business in Michigan, there are some important things you should know about the process. As part of the process, you will need to acquire a selection of state licenses and permits as well as complete various registrations.

Here is a collection of pointers that can help you get a head start on this process.



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Michigan Small Business Information Programs

One thing you can do to get a better understanding of the process ahead of you will be to check out the MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) website. You will find many points in the Start Up section that features important information on the permits and licensing you will need to take out.

Another place you can go for extensive information on the subject will be the SBDC website. The Small Business Development Center has plenty of resources that can show you how to raise capital, create intelligent plans and find financial management options you really need.

Finally, you can find more useful information as well as online registration options by visiting the Michigan’s Business One Stopwebsite. This is an online program created by the government and focused on taxes and financing options for businesses of all sizes.

Get One or More Business Licenses

Not all businesses in Michigan will need a business license. But, some other businesses can or must obtain permits and licenses to operate in Michigan. In some cases, a state agency will be the ones to issue the needed licenses. You can find extensive information on the permits and licenses required in the state of Michigan by visiting Michigan.gov. You can search for a license you are curious about, or you can also visit the site and view an alphabetical list of permits and licenses for the state.

The list of licenses you will find here is especially extensive and you will find all kinds of options for acupuncturists all the way to x-ray techs. In most cases, you will find copious information about the license in question by clicking the link and following it to the page given for any license in particular. You will also find extensive information about laws and regulations that apply to each license.

File Records for Your Form of Business

Many forms of legal businesses, like limited liability companies and certain corporations, will have to file records with the state. To be specific, LLCs and corporations as well as many other types of businesses will have to register with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). More specifically, they will need to register with the corporations division of LARA.

Obtain Professional Licensing

You will also need to find proper registration if you are looking to be a member of many specific occupations or professions looking to operate in Michigan. This includes, but is not limited to:

– Architects

– Dentists

– Accountants

– Engineers

– Veterinarians

– Nurses

You will find more information on what exactly applies to you and your occupation or profession by visiting the Bureau of Professional Licensing, which is another subdivision of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Register an Assumed or Fictitious Business Name

Not all businesses will operate under the names of their owners. As a matter of fact, many operate under a business name. Furthermore, many businesses, especially corporations and LLCs may originally register themselves under one name and then choose to operate under a completely different name, this all depends on where your business is located and how it is structured. This different name is often referred to as an assumed name, trade name, DBA (the abbreviation for Doing Business As) or a fictitious name. Many forms of business operating in Michigan, once again like LLCs and other corporations, must file a specific form with the state if they plan on continuing their operations under an assumed or fictitious name.

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