STARTING A BUSINESS HERE

Lumpkin County…where starting a business is easy.

The LCDA puts information and  resources at your fingertips.  Our economic growth and development is based on your businesses success and we are with you all the way giving you all the tools that you need to grow and prosper here.

WE HAVE MADE STARTING A BUSINESS IN LUMPKIN COUNTY EASY!

See our flowchart about starting a business in Lumpkin County.  The Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce also provides a wealth of information in their “Starting a Business in Lumpkin County” brochure.  Click on the links to find out more.

Your Legal ‘411’

Choosing what form of legal entity your business will take is an important decision. This will have an impact on the future of your business including your protection under the law, and the rules and regulations (for example, federal and state taxes) that will apply to your venture.

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP

Usually owned and operated by one person. Under the law, it is not actually considered a legal entity. It is instead considered an extension of the person who owns the business. This individual has sole ownership of assets, but is also solely liable for the debts of the business.

LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

Made up of one or more general partners as well as one or more limited partners. Limited partners contribute capital and share in profits/losses. These limited partners, however, take no part in the running of the business and are not held liable for the organization’s debts.

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

 Owned by two or more persons known as members. It is a mixture of other forms of organization that combines the most efficient features.

PARTNERSHIP

Two or more individuals who join to start a business. Each person has proportional ownership of the business assets and proportional liability for business debts. Each person also has authority in running this business.

CORPORATION

Must be approved through the Office of the Secretary of State. A corporation must file federal, state,  and local taxes on its operations. One advantage to a corporation is protection from liability afforded to shareholders.

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

315 West Tower –  2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404) 656-2817
www.sos.state.ga.us

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Licensing and Permits Information

Business License (also called an Occupational Tax)
If you plan to operate a business in the state of Georgia, you must obtain a city or county business license. In some cases such as home-based businesses and some county areas outside the incorporated city limits, no license is needed. You should discuss the details of your situation with the licensing department. The fee for a license is contingent on the location, type, and size of your business.

City of Dahlonega City Hall

465 Riley Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-6133

Lumpkin County Planning Office

99 Courthouse Hill
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-6894

Health Dept. Environmental Div.

56 Short Street
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 867-2730

Department of Agriculture

1195 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW
Gainesville, GA 30504
(770) 535-5955

Lumpkin County Fire Marshal’s Office

57A Pinetree Way
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-3030

Superior Court -Trade Name Registration

325 Riley Road – Rm 108
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-3736