How to Register a Business in Fort Collins

So, you’re thinking of starting a business in Fort Collins. You might be wondering if you need to get a business license. The answer is: it depends. The State of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulates some, but not all, types of businesses and industries.  Depending on the type of business you want to start and where you want to operate, you might need to get a state business license, a local business license, or both. 

In the City of Fort Collins, businesses that are collecting sales tax on physical products must register with the city in order to operate. This process is simple and can be completed online. 

Note: you only have to register your business with the City of Fort Collins IF you are collecting sales tax. Businesses that offer services and not physical goods do not need to register with the City of Fort Collins.

The first step is to visit the City of Fort Collins website and create an account. The City of Fort Collins uses an online tax collection and business licensing system to assist with your new license set-up. Once you have created an account, you will need to provide some basic information about your business, such as the business name, business type, and your role in the business. 

After you have provided all of the required information, you will be able to submit your application for approval. Once your application has been processed, you will receive your business license and you will be able to operate your business in the City of Fort Collins!

Create Your Business Plan with a Professional Template

A business plan is an incredibly valuable tool for a new business. It provides a road map to guide your business through its first few years of operation and helps you manage your business goals and milestones. It also serves as an incredible asset when applying for funding or seeking new business partners – it shows your financial supports that you’re a worthy investment.

For Fort Collins offers a professional business canvas template that you can use to quickly and easily create a custom business plan. Our template will walk you through gathering and documenting the appropriate information – from your business’s value proposition and target market to the industry analysis and marketing plan.

The Poudre River Library offers a vast assortment of online resources for new businesses. With their investment tools and research databases you’ll uncover key insights for your business plan that will direct you toward success in your industry. Creating a business plan is a bit of work up front, but it’s not as complicated as you might think. With our template, you can get your business plan done in no time!

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