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By City or County:

City Business License Offices County Business License Offices  County Websites
Statesboro 912-764-5468 Bulloch County 912-764-6425
Metter 912-685-2159 Candler County 912-685-2835
Claxton 912-739-1712 Evans County No license needed 
Swainsboro 478-237-7025 Emanuel County 478-237-3881
Millen 478-982-6100 Jenkins County 478-982-2563
Hinesville 912-867-3564 Liberty County 912-876-8454
Mount Vernon 912-583-2323 Montgomery County 912-583-2363
Sylvania 912-564-7535 Screven County 912-564-7535
Reidsville 912-557-4335 Tattnall County 912-557-4335
Vidalia 912-537-7661 Toombs County 912-526-3311

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

Register for a Georgia Sales Tax ID#:
Phone (404) 417-4490

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

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 or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

Credit agencies:

Equifax 1-800-311-4769

Experian 1-800-311-4769

TransUnion 1-800-888-4213

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. (for non-profits)

Last updated: 4/1/2021