Nicknamed “The Heart of It All” our 50 states series heads to the Midwest today, as we learn what it means to form an LLC and incorporate in Ohio. Infamous in national elections for being a swing state and with Columbus as the state capital, Ohio’s largest revenue sectors are within the manufacturing and financial service industries. Kroger, Procter & Gamble, and Progressive are all brands that call the state home for their headquarters.
Forbes ranks Ohio as #29 as one of the best states for business, with high marks given to the quality of life the state provides despite the additional note that one of the biggest state woes is net migration. Overall ease and friendliness of starting a business in Ohio receives a C+ from Thumbtack.com, but in the regulation sector it grades on a “B” average in tax codes, health and safety, and employment.
If you’re ready to start your own business in The Buckeye State, keep these notes in mind before you form an LLC or incorporate in Ohio:
North Dakota is easily one of America’s most intriguing states. It was fairly unaffected by the Great Recession, and has one of the lowest unemployment rates of any state. North Dakota is also the only state with a state-run bank, the Bank of North Dakota , and a state-run flour mill, the North Dakota Mill and Elevator, which is also the largest flour mill in the USA. Both of these institutions are carryovers of the Nonpartisan League, a populist political party that did so well in North Dakota that it gave the state a three-party system before eventually merging with the Democrats. North Dakota is also the reason we have a National Park system – its natural beauty inspired Theodore Roosevelt to champion conservation.
North Dakota’s excellent economy makes it a prime state to start a business. So just what do you have to do to start a company in the state? And how do you form a limited liability company or incorporate in North Dakota?
This week in our 50 states series we’re on the road to incorporate in North Carolina, also known as the Tar Heel State. North Carolina is home to the company headquarters of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Pepsi-Cola and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In the last 50 years or so, North Carolina has transitioned from an economy focused on tobacco, textiles, and furniture crafting, to an economy focused on engineering, energy, biotechnology, and finance sectors. With those transitions, the state has found great start-up success!
According to the Forbes Best States For Business list, North Carolina ranks at #4 of the 50 states to start a business in – right up in the top 5 states! This high ranking can be attributed to its similarly high rankings in labor supply, environment, and growth prospects. Thumbtack.com also gave the state high marks with a steady B+, with high grades in ease of starting a business, health and safety, employment and labor, zoning, and training/networking programs.
We’re Big Apple bound this week in our 50 states of incorporation series as we learn what it takes to form an LLC and incorporate in New York!
AOL, HBO, J.P. Morgan Chase, NBC, Time Warner – to list the sheer number of major corporations that call NYC home to their headquarters would undoubtedly be an entire paragraph (or two) unto itself. Forbes summed it up nicely in a piece ranking the state on the 50 best states for business list, stating that if New York were a country, the state’s $1.2 trillion dollar economy would be the 14th largest in the world after Spain.
Whether you’re working in finance, banking, or fashion, seemingly every type of industry has a place in New York. There are plenty of VC investment opportunities to be found and lots of resources within the state as well. But New York also suffers from high costs in areas concerning taxes, living, and healthcare. Thumbtack.com ranked the state with a D+ in overall friendliness and an F for ease in starting a business last year – ouch.
However, the old adage does ring true that if you can make in New York, you can make it anywhere. If you think you and your business are ready to take on the concrete jungle and incorporate in New York, read on for more information on how to get started!
This week we’re covering the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico! Though admitted to the union in 1912, New Mexico has, for centuries, been home to the native Navajo, Pueblo, and Apache people. With the fourth-largest native population in the United States, New Mexico continues to be an important center of Native American culture. This culture, along with New Mexico’s stunning natural beauty, are the two of the main drivers of one the state’s biggest industries – tourism.
Along with tourism, New Mexico has a rich deposit of fossil fuel and natural gas, and is home to multiple military bases. In fact, federal spending is one of the biggest sources of revenue for New Mexico. The government of New Mexico is always looking for ways to help small businesses grow, and there are loads of tax incentives available to entrepreneurs in the state! But what does it take to start a small business there? How do you form an LLC or incorporate in New Mexico? And are there any special rules you should be aware of?
What is needed to start your small business in New Mexico?
We are “The Granite State” bound this week in our 50 states of incorporation series on New Hampshire! For those looking to form an LLC or incorporate in New Hampshire, Thumbtack.com has nothing but rave reviews on the state – it nabs an A+ in overall friendliness, ease of starting a business and hiring, health and safety, and tax code.
Infamous for being the birthplace of the Free State Project (which works to educate people on the advantages that come with living in the state) as well as internationally for the New Hampshire Primary in the election cycle, New Hampshire ranks as #31 on Forbes Best States for Business list.
Why so middle ground based for a state giving flying colors to do business in? New Hampshire holds a low unemployment rate, but also suffers from expensive energy and labor costs. As far as taxes go, New Hampshire has no sales tax or income tax reported on an individual’s reported W-2 wages. However, the state does have a controversial property tax, which according to former state senator Jackie Cilley, was noted in 2012 as having the third-highest property taxes in the nation.
Nevada was born from the discovery of a major silver mine, and its reputation as a state where you can make it rich, and quick, has been well-earned. Home to Las Vegas, Nevada is known for being a place to gamble, and tourism remains its number-one industry. Of course, there is so much more to the ‘Silver State’ than the Las Vegas Strip. Nevada is still home to some of the most active precious-metal mines, and is a major ranching state.
The State Seal of Nevada
Nevada also has a reputation as being a tax haven – the Tax Foundation ranked Nevada as having the third most-business friendly tax laws of all fifty states. Naturally, we receive plenty of questions on how to take advantage of that lax-tax law. If you are considering whether you should incorporate in Nevada, take the following into consideration:
A few forms are all you need to form a limited liability company or incorporate in Nevada. To help expedite the process, Nevada’s Secretary of State has set up ‘The Silver Flume‘ – an online business portal that allows entrepreneurs to register their business and set up a new business entity. The filing fee for corporations can fluctuate from the minimum of $75 depending on how many shares the corporation will be authorized to issue.
The 50 States of Incorporation series is back from a quick holiday hiatus and heading on over to The Treasure State to learn how to incorporate in Montana today! Best known for its mountain ranges, 77 of which are a part of the Rocky Mountains, Montana’s biggest employer is agriculture. About two-thirds of the total state land is devoted to farmland including ranches and cereal grain farming.
On Forbes, it ranks as #26 on the best states for business list and while the state stays on middle ground for its economic climate and business costs, it is noted for being new business friendly. The SBA reports that residents within the state launched more new business per capita there than any other state there in the past three years.
Sounds like the place for your start-up? Here are some extra details to keep in mind about how to form an LLC or incorporate in Montana.
Missouri – the “Show-Me” state – is the subject of this week’s 50 states of incorporation, but first we want to show you why Missouri is such a great place to start a business. Missouri has long-been an important economic hub because America’s three great rivers – the Missouri, the Mississippi, and the Ohio – all flow through the state. And though shipping has died down and Missouri is no longer the sole Gateway to the West, the state has shown an amazing propensity towards adaptation, and some of the most successful high-tech companies in the world call Missouri home.
Monsanto, one of the world’s biggest bio-technology companies, is based out of Missouri, as is Boeing Defense, Space & Security, a leading aerospace and defense-research firm. But the company that Missouri is most famous for has to be St. Louis’s Anheuser-Busch. It is, in fact, so loved that Busch’s St. Louis brewery was declared a national landmark in 1966.
Missouri knows how important small business is to the state, and the government offers loads of incentives and programs to help small businesses get started properly. Missouri lists many of the public resources that are available, and it is especially supportive of its agricultural industry; Missouri has 108,000 active farms, the second highest amount in the United States.
We’re taking a trip to the south for this week’s 50 States segment with a feature on how to incorporate in Mississippi! Mississippi’s name comes from its iconic landmark the Mississippi River, which flows all the way along its western border. It’s identified as the 31st most populous state.
The Mississippi Delta is another recognizable landmark in the state, famous for its heavily forested grounds. The Delta was historically cleared out for cotton cultivation in the 19th century, but today is famous for its catfish aquaculture farms that provide most of the farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States.
Though their ranking is pretty low on the Forbes Best States for Businesses list, Mississippians have consistently ranked as one of the greatest state contributors concerning charitable donations. Though their personal income is ranked as low, their cost of living is also low. Businesses are mainly attracted to Mississippi because labor costs are about 10% lower than the national average, giving new businesses the chance to start fresh with fewer debts than if they were to start their business in another state.
If you’d like to start your business off at a lower cost than the rest of the country, keep these Mississippi-specific filing requirements in mind when deciding to form an LLC or incorporate in Mississippi.
All LLCs that are registered in Mississippi are required to name a registered agent in their Certificate of Formation, so be sure to find and designate an RA prior to filling out your forms. The RA can be a resident of Mississippi, a domestic corporation, nonprofit corporation, its own LLC, or a foreign corporation. In each case, the RA must have a physical address in Mississippi where all the business’s legal papers can be delivered.
Any LLC in Mississippi have to include the term ‘LLC’ somewhere in the business’s title. It can be stated as LLC, L.L.C., Limited Liability Company, Professional Limited Liability Company, P.L.L.C., or PLLC.
Lastly, don’t forget to file your annual report on time! Annual reports in Mississippi must be filed between January 1st and April 15th. Domestic LLCs are not charged to file their report, but Foreign Limited Liability Companies do have to pay a filing fee and cannot do the filing process online.
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