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Find your State's Secretary of State's website, contact information and how to start your business

If you are trying to start your own business, whether it is a cottage food business, home-based food business or even a regular full-fledged corporation, you will need to contact your state's secretary office state's office to make your business legal.  And while there are services like LegalZoom and Nolo.com that complete the paperwork for your (typically $200 to $500) it's pretty easy to do yourself. In most cases, an LLC is the most practical type of business to start, with lower costs and easier to manage. Just go to your state's secretary of states website and use their search box to search for  these phrases:

  • Starting a business
  • LLC
  • Limited Liability Corporation
  • Then you should find step by step directions about how to file the paperwork.   There is usually a fee charged by your state, typically about $100.

You may also need to have your litchen inspected, take training classes or get other information. See these pages:

Each State's Secretary of State's Offices

Just click on your state or territory:

  1. Alabama Secretary of State, Phone: 334-242-7200
  2. Alaska Secretary of State, Phone: 907-465-2530
  3. Arizona Secretary of State, Phone: 602-542-3230
  4. Arkansas Secretary of State, Phone: 501-682-1010
  5. California Secretary of State, Phone: 916-653-3795
  6. Colorado Secretary of State, Phone: 303-894-2251
  7. Connecticut Secretary of State, Phone: 203-566-3216
  8. Delaware Secretary of State, 302-739-4111
  9. District of Columbia Secretary of State, Phone: 202-727-7278
  10. Florida Secretary of State, Phone: 904-488-9000
  11. Georgia Secretary of State, Phone: 404-656-2817
  12. Guam Government Site, Phone: 671-472-7679
  13. Hawaii Secretary of State, Phone: 808-586-2727
  14. Idaho Secretary of State, Phone: 208-334-2300
  15. Illinois Secretary of State, Phone: 217-782-7880
  16. Indiana Secretary of State, Phone: 317-232-6576
  17. Iowa Secretary of State, Phone: 515-281-5204
  18. Kansas Secretary of State, Phone: 913-296-2236
  19. Kentucky Secretary of State, Phone: 502-564-2848
  20. Louisiana Secretary of State, Phone: 504-925-4704
  21. Maine Secretary of State, Phone: 207-287-3676
  22. Maryland Secretary of State, Phone: 410-225-1330
  23. Massachusetts Secretary of State, Phone: 617-727-9640
  24. Michigan Secretary of State, Phone: 517-334-6206
  25. Minnesota Secretary of State, Phone: 612-296-2803
  26. Mississippi Secretary of State, Phone: 601-359-1333
  27. Missouri Secretary of State, Phone: 314-751-1310
  28. Montana Secretary of State, Phone: 406-444-3665
  29. Nebraska Secretary of State, Phone: 402-471-4079
  30. Nevada Secretary of State, Phone: 702-687-5203
  31. New Hampshire Secretary of State, Phone: 603-271-3242
  32. New Jersey Secretary of State, Phone: 609-530-6400
  33. New Mexico Secretary of State, Phone: 505-827-4508
  34. New York Secretary of State, Phone: 518-474-4752
  35.  North Carolina Secretary of State, Phone: 919-733-4201
  36. North Dakota Secretary of State, Phone: 701-328-4284
  37. Ohio Secretary of State, Phone: 614-466-3910
  38. Oklahoma Secretary of State, Phone: 405-521-3911
  39. Oregon Secretary of State, Phone: 503-986-2200
  40. Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Phone: 717-787-1057
  41. Puerto Rico Secretary of State, Phone: 787-722-2121
  42. Rhode Island Secretary of State, Phone: 401-277-2357
  43. South Carolina Secretary of State, Phone: 803-734-2158
  44. South Dakota Secretary of State, Phone: 605-773-4845
  45. Tennessee Secretary of State, 615-741-2286
  46. Texas Secretary of State, Phone: 512-463-5555
  47. Utah Secretary of State, Phone: 801-530-4849
  48. Vermont Secretary of State, Phone: 802-828-2386
  49. Virgin Islands Secretary of State, Phone: 340-776-8515
  50. Virginia Secretary of State, Phone: 804-371-9141
  51. Washington Secretary of State, Phone: 360-725-0377
  52. West Virginia Secretary of State, Phone: 304-558-8000
  53. Wisconsin Secretary of State, Phone: 608-266-3590
  54. Wyoming Secretary of State, Phone: 307-777-7311

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The 100 colleges and universities that comprise the nation's Land-Grant University System are institutions that have been designated by their state legislature or Congress to receive federal support. Click here, or on the map for a larger more legible version:

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