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Register a Business

There are three main resource websites to register your business in Vermont, and the information on these websites is easily accessed and designed to be helpful for all types of businesses.

Additionally, you may wish to consult with an attorney and an accountant when registering your business. While not required, seeking sound advice from a credible source when establishing the type of business entity you envision will assure you follow best practices and execute the correct registration to meet your business needs.

If you are starting a new business, it is vital to register your business name.  Solidifying the name of your business will require that you make sure no other entity has chosen that name for their business.  The type of business you establish is also a component of the business registration process.

Business Registration Resources:

Secretary of State’s Office

Contact the Secretary of State to register your business in Vermont, learn about business types, attain forms and fees, and search trade names.

Vermont Department of Labor 

If you are establishing a new business it is extremely important that you determine whether you will be required to register as an employer with the Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Division, and determine whether you are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance. Visit the Department of Labor to set up an employer account, learn about workers’ compensation, employment tax and other business requirements, and programs including Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, and the Wage & Hour Program.

Vermont Department of Taxes

Learn more about Vermont’s various business types and the tax implications associated with these businesses.