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What qualifies as a small business in NYS?

In New York, Section 131 of the Economic Development Law defines a small business as having fewer than 100 employees and independently owning and operating.


Do you need a business license to start a business in NY?

New York requires all businesses operating under a business name to register as a legal entity to operate a business. Limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations must register with the state.

Visit the Small Business Development Center or contact them by phone at (315) 386-7312, for more information on how to start your business.


Our closest SBDC is in Canton, NY. Address: 34 Cornell Drive, French Hall, Canton, NY 13617.

Gouverneur Village and Town Permits and Information

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