Ready to Open Your Business in Knoxville?
The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to fostering a vibrant business community through effective communication and stakeholder engagement. Take a look at the resources below to help walk you through the most common steps of opening a business.
Have a Business Plan
The first step to any new business, after having the idea, is creating a business plan. Consider it a roadmap to get to your desired destination. You will also need a business plan in order to get a loan from a financial institution.
Employer ID Number
Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). It’s free and easy to do yourself or an attorney can help you with this step as well.
Tax ID Number
A sales tax number is required but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Have an accountant help you register to ensure all steps are covered.
Financial Resources & Incentives
Most people acquire a business loan for start-up costs for their business. Depending on the size and scope of your endeavor, there may be more financial resources and incentives available to you.
Business Licensing Requirements
Learn how to navigate the maze of business licensing requirements, including:
- City of Knoxville Licensing
- Marion County Licensing
- Federal Licensing
- State Licensing
- Construction Contractor Registration
- Restaurant or Bakery (Not Serving Alcohol)
- Liquor License
- Licensing Vehicles and Drivers