Frequently Asked Questions
Any person wishing to do business in Vermont must register their business name in one capacity or another with the Corporations Division. Registration is NOT required if,
- You are using your full personal name (i.e., “John Smith Carpentry”) or
- You are engaging in business activities that meet the exemptions set out in Title 11A, Chapter 15, Section 15.01.
Starting any business in Vermont may involve the Office of the Secretary of State, Department of Labor, the Department of Tax, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, depending on the business type, or other factors. Please check with your attorney or accountant on the paperwork relevant to your business, and visit our “Starting a Business in Vermont” page for additional resources.
Once you have a clear understanding what business type you wish to register, the main steps involved are:
- Registering that business type and business name with the Office of the Secretary of State. To begin this step, please click here.
- Obtaining a tax ID number from the Department of Taxes.
- Obtaining unemployment insurance verification from the Department of Labor.
- Registering for incentives and opportunities with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
Coming Soon: Step one (1) will be done completely online through the Office of the Secretary of State’s Online Business Service Center (www.vtsosonline.com). Once registered, the online wizard will take you through the Vermont Department of Tax and Department of Labor questions to determine eligibility with those offices.
This depends on your tax liability and other factors. We cannot provide you with advice on which business structure to use. Please contact your attorney, accountant, or business advisor; or visit “Guide to Starting a Business in Vermont” for more information.
Complete and submit a document request form and a member of our staff will respond within two to three business days.
Please visit our “Resources” page for more information.
Vermont is unique in that you can create and operate your business digitally—without a physical presence in Vermont. This is called a digital, or virtual, company.