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Start a Business

Review resources, guidelines and info to open smart—and smoothly.

Start A Business

Support to get started. Resources to tap into. Districts to discover. Research to conduct. Looking for the right elements to make your dream happen in a diverse, dynamic city that embraces entrepreneurs? You’ve come to the right place.

Downtown Dearborn

Follow these Dearborn business builders on their journey from concept to customers.

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Make sure you’ve covered all the bases, and made every step as smooth as possible.

  1. Contact the DDA
  2. Choose a Name
  3. Select a Legal Structure
  4. Write a Business Plan
  5. Obtain your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  6. Register Business with State and Business Name with Wayne County
  7. Obtain Business Licenses
  8. Choose a Location For Your Business
  9. City Permits
  10. Business Startup Funding Assistance
  11. Obtain a Business Bank Account
  12. Set Up Your System for Accounting and Record Keeping
  13. Secure Business Insurance
  14. Establish Your Operating Systems & Processes
  15. Create your Business Identity
  16. Create a Marketing Plan
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