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You’ve decided to start a business and now it’s time to legally register it. We can guide you through business formation, tax registration, and the hiring of your first employees.

Industry Starter Kits

For some of the most commonly opened business types in New Jersey, we've put together a simple guide to help understand what you'll need to outfit your business with the right licenses and permits.


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Business Names

From alternate names to DBAs, find out everything you need to know about naming your business in New Jersey.

Register Your Business

Registering your business is a key part of getting up and running. All companies doing business in New Jersey need to register with the State.

Register for Taxes

As a New Jersey business owner, you need to register for taxes to understand your financial responsibilities and be in good standing with the State.

Hiring Employees

Hiring employees in New Jersey requires just a few steps. For instance, you'll need to verify their eligibility to work as well as register to pay employer and payroll taxes.

Employer Requirements

Make sure you're meeting State labor laws and creating a safe work environment for your employees. This is one of your most important responsibilities as an employer.

Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights

Whether it’s your brand, original works, or an invention, there are legal provisions, like trademarks, available to help protect it from infringement or damage of reputation by another company.

Out-of-State Business Registration

Out-of-state businesses need to register in New Jersey. The forms you need to complete depend on your New Jersey business activities.