- Idaho Attorney General
- Idaho Department of Commerce
- Idaho Secretary of State
- Idaho Department of Labor
- Idaho Industrial Commission
- Idaho Small Business Development Center
- Small Business Administration
- Internal Revenue Service
- Idaho State Tax Commission
- City Clerk
- Nampa and Boise Business Accelerators
- “Things to Consider When Starting a Company in Idaho – a Lawyer’s Persepctive”
- Federal Trade Commission – Going into Business
- Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce – b launched
Idaho Attorney General
Idaho Department of Commerce
- Start or Grow Your Business
- Rapid Response Team – An inter-agency rapid response team responsible for collaborating quickly and efficiently when businesses are interested in launching, growing or relocating.
Idaho Secretary of State
- Business Formation: Businesses must register their name and entity type (partnership, corporation, LLC, etc.) before transacting business. For information on business entity types recognized in Idaho, visit the Legal Structure section of this website.
- Assumed Business Name (DBA): For information on choosing and registering a business name, see Assumed Business Name.
- Notaries: registration
- Trademarks: Visit the FAQs section of this website.
- Lobbyists: registration
- UCC/Liens: The Uniform Commercial Code enables a creditor to perfect a security interest in a business, equipment, property or other assets owned by another party (debtor).
Idaho Department of Labor
Idaho Industrial Commission
The Industrial Commission is the state agency responsible for:
- Regulating workers’ compensation activities in Idaho, including companies licensed to issue workers’ compensation policies.
- Ensuring that employers have workers’ compensation coverage as required by law.
- Settling disputes between injured workers, employers, and insurers.
- Deciding appeals of unemployment decisions referred by the Idaho Department of Labor.
- Assisting injured workers by supporting their medical recovery while facilitating a timely return to employment that is as close as possible to the worker’s pre-injury status and wage.
- Providing compensation to innocent victims of crime through the Crime Victims Compensation Program.
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Small Business Administration
- Loan Guarantee Program: The SBA guarantees bank loans (it does not issue loans) to qualified businesses. For information, contact your banker.
- Buying a Business: Purchasing an existing business or franchise
- Business Plans
Internal Revenue Service
Idaho State Tax Commission
- Buying a Business – request a Successors’ Liability Clearance Letter to be certain the seller does not owe back taxes.
City Clerk’s Office
If your business will be located outside the city limits, contact your county clerk’s office for information.
Nampa and Boise Business Accelerators
Purchasing an Existing Business
Contact the following individuals and agencies when purchasing an existing business:
- An accountant – the business owner should provide at least three years of financial statements. Your accountant can review and determine whether there may be issues.
- An attorney – to create a buy/sell agreement that conforms with Idaho law.
- Idaho Secretary of State’s office – to amend the business registration or cancel it and register as a new business
- Idaho State Tax Commission – see Changes to Existing Businesses to determine what tax accounts may need to be changed or closed and new ones opened.
- Internal Revenue Service – change federal withholding, Social Security and Medicare accounts. Secure a new EIN if needed.
- Idaho Department of Labor – change the state unemployment tax account information
- City and/or county clerks offices – update licenses and permits.