Starting a Business in Colorado and Writing a Business Plan

The Colorado Business Resource Book from SBDC has information on forming a legal business structure: Colorado Business Resource Book

Small Business Administration’s Business Guide: https://www.sba.gov/business-guide

 

Registering a Business Name

Visit the Colorado Secretary of State website to learn how to register your business name: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/business/businessHome.html

 

Do You Need an EIN?

Check with the IRS: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/do-you-need-an-ein

 

Apply for Permits, Business License, and Sales Tax Permit

Contact local governments directly:

Custer County: http://www.custercountygov.com/index.php?pg=permits

Westcliffe: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/townofwestcliffe/permits-licenses-forms

Silver Cliff: https://www.silvercliffco.com/copy-of-contacts

 

Business Taxes

Colorado Department of Revenue’s website on business taxes: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/businesses-page

 

Small Business Insurance

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ page on Small Business Insurance: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/small-business-insurance

 

County Demographics

The Custer County Demographic Profile was created using the State Demography Office’s dash here: https://gis.dola.colorado.gov/apps/ProfileDashboard2/

Click here to download the Custer County Demographic Profile generated in May 2019.