Courtesy of The City of Friendswood Office of Economic Development

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					          Courtesy of:

   The City of Friendswood

Office of Economic Development




    910 S. Friendswood Dr.

    Friendswood, TX 77546

         281-996-3250
                                 Guide to…
                                 Starting a Business in
                                     Friendswood
                                                                                                            Notes:
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                                Overview                                              ___________________________________________________
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The following is a pamphlet designed to assist new business owners through the
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process of starting a business in Friendswood. There are a number of steps that the
federal, state, and city governments require before a new business hangs out its      ___________________________________________________
shingle. This pamphlet will familiarize you with these steps and help you toward      ___________________________________________________
providing Friendswood with yet another valued business.                               ___________________________________________________

It is usually best to follow the steps in this pamphlet in order. While the steps
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may seem simple, most of them will require a great deal of work and research.         ___________________________________________________
Some references will be provided to help you work through these steps as quickly      ___________________________________________________
and smoothly as possible.
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This pamphlet also lends the experience of individuals who have been through          ___________________________________________________
this process before. Some tips are provided with appropriate steps in order to        ___________________________________________________
further simplify the process of opening your new business.
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Good luck! Opening a new business is an exciting process, and hopefully the           ___________________________________________________
information provided in this pamphlet will help make it a smooth one as well. For     ___________________________________________________
additional information or assistance please contact the office of Economic            ___________________________________________________
Development.
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                                                                                                               Starting a New Business in Friendswood
                      Helpful Numbers and Web Addresses
                                                                                                       Steps                        Contacts                                    Phone Numbers
City Numbers
                                                                                                       Review Friendswood           City of Friendswood............................ (281) 996-3250
City of Friendswood ............................................................ (281) 996-3200        demographics & incentives    Economic Development Office
www.ci.friendswood.tx.us                                                                               for business location
                                                                                                         Tip 2
Planning Department ........................................................... (281) 996-3290
Building Department ........................................................... (281) 996-3203         Contact Realtors             Friendswood Chamber ....................... (281) 482-3329
Engineering Department...................................................... (281) 996-3295                                         Business Directory
Economic Development....................................................... (281) 996-3250
Police Department ............................................................... (281) 996-3300       Establish Location &         City of Friendswood............................ (281) 996-3290
Public Works ....................................................................... (281) 996-3383    Confirm Zoning               City Planner
Fire Marshal......................................................................... (281) 996-3335
                                                                                                       Meet With Development        City of Friendswood............................ (281) 996-3280
                                                                                                       Review Committee             Development Coordinator
The Chamber of Commerce
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Friendswood Chamber of Commerce .................................. (281) 482-3329                      Write a Business Plan        Small Business Development .............. (281) 485-5214
www.friendswood-chamber.com                                                                             Tip 1                       Center “How to write a                           or
                                                                                                                                    Business Plan”                            (409) 762-7380
County Numbers
                                                                                                       Purchase property
Galveston County Clerks Office.......................................... (409) 766-2210
Harris County Clerks Office................................................ (713) 755-6411             Building a Facility
                                                                                                        Tip 8
                                                                                                         Pre Construction           City of Friendswood............................ (281) 996-3201
State Numbers                                                                                            Planning                   Community Development
                                                                                                           Tip 6 about:
Texas State Comptroller ..................................................... 1-800-252-5555                                        -Utilities
www.window.state.tx.us                                                                                                              -Building Codes & Permits
                                                                                                                                    -Sign Permit
Texas Workforce Commission ........................................... 1-800-832-9394
www.twc.state.tx.us                                                                                      Contact Architects &       Friendswood Chamber ........................ (281) 482-3329
                                                                                                         General Contractors        of Commerce
                                                                                                          Tip 3                     Business Directory
Federal Numbers
                                                                                                       Present site plan            Community Development ................... (281) 996-3201
Internal Revenue Service.................................................... 1-800-829-3676            to City for Review
www.irs.gov

Small Business Development Center................................... (281) 485-5214                    Building Loan
                                                                           Or                            Survey banks for           Friendswood Chamber ........................ (281) 482-3329
                                                                     (409) 762-7380                      Business loan              of Commerce
                                                                                                                                    Business Directory


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    Administrative Tasks
      File your dba                Harris County Clerk ............................(713) 755-6411
                                   Galveston County Clerk ......................(409) 766-2210                               USEFUL TIPS
      Set up the Business          Friendswood Chamber .......................(281) 482-3329
      Organization                 of Commerce                                                      1.   This could be the most important step in building and operating a business.
        Tip 5                      Business Directory                                                    The SBDC offers free assistance with starting-up a business, business
                                                                                                         management consulting, seminars, and SBA loan information.
      Get State Sales and          State Comptrollers Office....................800-252-5555
      use Tax Permit                                                                                2.   The City provides Economic Development assistance, which includes tax
                                                                                                         incentives, inventory of available building and land sites, demographics, and
      Get Employer Tax ID          Internal Revenue Service.....................800-829-3676
      number
                                                                                                         site tours.

                                                                                                    3.   The City of Friendswood has many ordinances that require a detailed
            Buying an Existing Business in Friendswood                                                   knowledge of the city on the part of the architect and general contractor. It is
                                                                                                         recommended that you screen the vendors for their knowledge of the local city
Before buying an existing business in Friendswood you should observe all of the steps                    ordinances and building requirements. The ultimate responsibility for
outlined on the previous page plus a few of the business analysis steps listed bellow.                   conforming to the city’s requirements is yours.

                                                                                                    4.   Loan policies vary widely from bank to bank. The following items should be
    Steps                          Contacts                                    Phone Numbers             reviewed when shopping for a loan:

    Analysis of Business           Friendswood Chamber ........................(281) 482-3329                  Loan amount                          Collateral Required
                                   Business Directory                                                          Interest rate                        Appraisal Required
                                   Listing of CPAs and Attorneys                                               Term                                 On-Line Banking
                                                                                                               Payment                              Line of Credit
      Financial Statement                                                                                      Loan Origination Fee                 Construction Inspection Fee
      Profit & Loss Statements                                                                                 Title Fees                           Total Cost of Loan
      Balance Sheet
      Income Tax Returns
                                                                                                               Prepayment Penalty                   Relevant Comments
      State Tax Records                                                                                        Survey Required
      Local Demographics
                                                                                                    5.   Consult your CPA to determine what type of business organization is best for
                                                                                                         you. A sole Proprietorship, S Corporation, Limited Liability Corporation, and
                                                                                                         others have their own tax advantages, both federal and state.
                                 Finishing Touches
                                                                                                    6.   Check if the location of your business will be affected by the downtown or
Once you have completed all of the previous steps, you’re on the home stretch. Only a                    entryway overlay district ordinances.
few simple steps lie between you and the beginning of what we hope will be a long and
pleasant stay in our growing community.                                                             7.   Every Wednesday morning, the Development Review Committee holds
                                                                                                         meetings for prospective developers and property owners to answer questions
    Steps                          Contacts                                    Phone Numbers             concerning the development of commercial property. This eliminates the need
                                                                                                         to go from department to department. These meetings bring together key city
    Certificate of Occupancy       City of Friendswood ............................(281) 996-3203
    Inspection                     Building Department
                                                                                                         staff having responsibility for various aspects of the development process.

    Ribbon Cutting                 Friendswood Chamber.........................(281) 482-3329       8.   There will be various inspections necessary during the construction process
    Inauguration                   of Commerce                                                           and a final inspection for certificate of occupancy.

				
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