Start or Register a Business

Whether starting a business from scratch in Vermont or seeking to register a foreign (non-Vermont) entity to do business in the state of Vermont, the Corporations Division, as the state registry for business entity registrations and maintenance, is the place to start.

Starting or registering to do business in Vermont may also involve, depending on the business type and other factors, the Vermont Departments of Tax, Labor, and Economic Development.

If not already determined, you must first choose your business type.  For help with this, please review the information for the possible business types from the menu on the left of this page.  

Please note: It is also recommended, but not required, that you consult with an attorney and/or an accountant regarding selecting your business type.

Once you have a clear understanding what business type you wish to register, the primary steps involved are:

  1. Register your business name with this office. To begin this step, please select your desired business type from the menu on the left.
  2. Determine if necessary, and if so, establish a Vermont Corporate or Business Entity Tax Account with the Vermont Department of Tax.
  3. Determine if necessary, and if so, establish an Employer Tax Account with the Vermont Department of Labor.
  4. Register for incentives and opportunities with the Department of Economic Development.


Are you seeking to register an existing foreign (i.e. non-Vermont) business to do business in Vermont?

If you are registered in another state and wish to do business in Vermont, you will have to apply for authority to operate in Vermont. Please follow the link below for more information:

Foreign Business Registration

Please Note: You will be required to provide us with a recent Certificate of Good Standing (or equivalent) from your home state (valid no later than 30 days from the date of filing).


Are you starting a business from scratch in Vermont?

Please select your desired business structure from the “What type of business would you like to Start or Register?” menu for more information, or refer to our online Business Start-Up Guide.

STOP: Before you get started, we recommend that you consult with an attorney, accountant, or business advisor about which business structure is best for you.

Do not make investments in advertising, websites, or signage until you have registered your business with our office and received a certificate confirming that the desired name was available and not rejected.

Other helpful resources:

Online Registration Guide

Business Start-Up Guide

Business Expansion Guide

What's Next After Business Registration?


This page was last updated: 2015-01-14