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Do you want to start a business?

El Paso County is a vibrant, multicultural community filled with many opportunities for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Are you looking to start a business in our County?

Whether you're just beginning to research business opportunities, or you're about to dive into a new business venture, EPTMC wants to help your business thrive. Several of the local governments in El Paso offer various programs and resources that promote economic development.

If you’re looking to start a business, get a checklist of local, state and federal requirements among nine different business types, or choose to receive information about opening a general business.

Creating a Business

Get started by researching State of Texas information for creating a new business and deciding what kind of business structure fits best for your future company's needs.  If you are looking for technical assistance with taxes or legal documentation, EPTMC can refer you to some qualified firms.

Business Requirements

Businesses must have the proper registrations, licenses and or permits before they can legally open for business. Businesses are subject to municipal, county, state, and federal requirements. Regulations vary by industry, so it's very important to understand the licensing rules where your business is located.

Small Business Resources

Get more resources about starting a business, including information for employers and business opportunities with El Paso.

Small Business Development Center – The SBDC helps foster small business success by providing one-on-one business advising, technical assistance, training programs, advocacy, and research services.

State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) -  You may be eligible for State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certification if proof of citizenship or naturalization and a Federal Tax Identification number are provided.  Please note: HUB certificate is issued directly by the State of Texas HUB-Link.  The HUB certification provides businesses with the opportunity to compete for contracts with state and local government entities.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex – This is the local workforce board that can help employers with workforce needs.

Starting a Business: FAQ
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