The Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs obtain the information and assistance they need to succeed in our community. Read on to see what we can do for you!
Getting an Idea….The Business Plan
The first step in starting a business is putting together a plan. There are many factors that go into putting together a business plan. These factors include an Outline of Goals, Marketing Strategy, Financial Management and Operation Schedule.
The Small Business and Development Center provides free counseling in writing up a business plan. The Chamber of Commerce also has a comprehensive How to Start a Business guide.
Although it is a common belief that free grants are available to support small business start-up and growth, this is not true! However, there are many low interest loans and financial support programs which can help you start and grow your business. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information and updates.
Getting licensed with the State – Certain businesses require licensing with the state. Contact the Secretary of State’s office (see the number below) to see if your business requires special licensing.
Licensing and Sales Tax ID – Your business may be required to obtain a seller’s permit, and all businesses must receive a Tax ID.
Getting In Touch….
Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce – Lori Smith
P.O. Box 827 – Thomaston, GA 30286
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Lori Auten
3100 Gentian Blvd. Suite 119 – Columbus, GA 31907-5670
Workforce Development – Thomaston Office
City of Thomaston Business License
County Business License/Building and Zoning Inspection
Georgia Secretary of State’s Office
315 West Tower
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. – Atlanta, Ga 30334