COBA

Resources

By City or County:

City Business License Offices County Business License Offices  County Websites
Statesboro 912-764-5468 Bulloch County 912-764-6425 http://bullochcounty.net/
Metter 912-685-2159 Candler County 912-685-2835 www.metter-candler.com
Claxton 912-739-1712 Evans County No license needed www.claxtonevanschamber.com 
Swainsboro 478-237-7025 Emanuel County 478-237-3881 www.cityofswainsboro.org
Millen 478-982-6100 Jenkins County 478-982-2563 www.jenkinscountyga.com
Hinesville 912-867-3564 Liberty County 912-876-8454 www.libertycountyga.com/
Mount Vernon 912-583-2323 Montgomery County 912-583-2363 http://montgomerycountyga.gov/
Sylvania 912-564-7535 Screven County 912-564-7535 www.screvencounty.com
Reidsville 912-557-4335 Tattnall County 912-557-4335 www.tattnall.com
Vidalia 912-537-7661 Toombs County 912-526-3311 www.vidaliaga.com

 

Create a business entity:
Secretary of State
Corporations Division (404) 656-2817
sos.ga.gov

Register for a Georgia Sales Tax ID#:
Phone (404) 417-4490
dor.georgia.gov/tax-registration

Register for an EIN (Employer Identification Number):
Phone 1-866-816-8065 (toll free)
www.irs.gov

Access Tax and IRS Resources for Small Businesses:

Small business owners, especially new sole proprietors, can find a wealth of
information covering their federal tax responsibilities here.

A good and quick primer on small business taxes is available here.

Get a credit report:

One free credit report can be received every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. This free credit report can be requested through annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

Credit agencies:

Equifax 1-800-311-4769
www.equifax.com

Experian 1-800-311-4769
www.experian.com

TransUnion 1-800-888-4213
www.tuc.com

Partners

The Georgia Southern University SBDC partners with many economic development and academic units to provide programs. We have ongoing partnerships with:

Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership

Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development

Savannah SBDC

 

Grant Information

There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about the availability of grants to fund for-profit businesses. Generally, grants are offered for a very specific purpose and can’t be used by for-profit business to pay for general business operating purposes.  Before paying anyone to help you find grant opportunities or write applications, please read this article on The Truth Behind Government Grants for Small Businesses as well as this other article from Entrepreneur first.

www.foundations.org
www.fdncenter.org (for non-profits)
www.sba.gov/SBIR
www.ideacafe.com
www.grants.gov

Last updated: 7/10/2017

UGA Small Business Development Center at Georgia Southern University • PO Box 8153• (912) 478-7232• statesboro@georgiasbdc.org