There are many decisions to make and tasks ahead in starting a business. While not intended to take the place of legal counsel this collection of information has been developed to enable our customers to understand certain terminology, requirements and to aid in the continuing existence of their business in the State of Indiana.

We’ve developed these twelve (12) Chapters of information to offer guidance to assist you in starting a business. Please be sure to review each Chapter as you may identify other decisions or tasks that need your attention.
If you need any help along the way, please contact our Business Services Division.

Caveat: Formally organizing a business carries both great advantages and legal consequences. Care should be taken when deciding which business form to utilize and while operating the venture. The Business Services  Division is eager to help, but cannot offer legal advice. It is strongly suggested that an attorney be contacted for additional guidance.

Chapter 1 - Choosing a Structure - Informal Associations
Chapter 2 - Choosing a Structure - For Profit Formal Associations
Chapter 3 - Choosing a Structure - Non-Profit Formal Association
Chapter 4 - Selecting a Business Name
Chapter 5 - Forming the For Profit Formal Association
Chapter 6 - Forming the Not For Profit Formal Association
Chapter 7 - Registration for Tax ID
Chapter 8 - Continuing Responsibilities
Chapter 9 - Qualifying as a Minority and Women's Business
Chapter 10 - Government Business Loans
Chapter 11 - Important Terms and Concerns
Chapter 12 - Additional Resources