You’ve come up with a great idea and want to turn it into a great business. What’s next? Learn more about what it will take to get your business up and running.

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Your doors are almost open, so what’s next? Keep note of important deadlines and resources, from business license renewals to paying taxes, to help your business stay compliant with government regulations.

Choose a Structure

The legal structure you choose should suit the type of services or products you will provide. Consider your options to find the best fit for your business.

Register Your Business

Choosing the legal structure that best suits your business type is a top priority. All businesses – even small ones – that operate in Louisville must register with the City. Depending on your business type, you may need to register with the State or Federal Government as well.


eMINTS is the Revenue Commission's new online taxpayer portal. 

Business Name Search

You’ve brainstormed and picked that perfect business name. So what’s the next step to make it legal and protect your brand? File a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) with the Office of the County Clerk.

Get an EIN Number

Most businesses must register with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN). If you are not a US citizen, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead.

Choose A Location 

Do your research to find a great location for your business. Consider factors like demographics, lease terms, and whether your business is allowed by zoning and building regulations before you sign on the dotted line.

Permits And Compliance

You've found a space zoned for your business, but before you start renovating to make it your own, find out if you need a building permit. Building permits are required for building, structural, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing projects. They help to ensure that your space is safe for your team and your customers.

Business Bank Account

Whether you're looking for startup capital, considering a loan to finance the expansion of your business, or needing a business account, building a banking relationship is important. We have a list of local banks that have shown support to black owned businesses.

ADA Compliance

Making your business disability accessible not only helps your customers, it’s the law. Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state regulations require that businesses be open to all.

The Black Business Association Portal is the ultimate resource for startingrunning, and growing a business in our state. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you navigate the process and quickly learn what it takes to be successful.



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