All employers are required to provide a safe and healthy workplace and are subject to no-notice safety and health inspections. The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducts these inspections.


Insurance for your business

Every business should have a general business insurance policy including general liability and other standard coverage, such as coverage for your place of business. If the business has one or more employees, worker’s compensation insurance is also required. Businesses in certain industries require additional types of insurance. Contact your insurance agent or the NH Insurance Department

Choosing a legal form for your business

Choosing a Legal Form for your Business

Businesses can be legally incorporated in different ways and each way has its advantages and disadvantages. Legal forms of incorporation include Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Company and Corporation. Each form has its own legal liabilities and ways of handling income taxes, protection of assets and transferring the business.

Register a Business

How to register a business name in NH

If the business you plan to start will be named anything other than your own name, you must register it with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. If you are doing business under your own name, registration is not required, but is desirable. Registration helps identify who is operating a particular business. Register the business name early, before spending money on marketing materials! 

Building a Business Plan

Building a business plan

Every business starting out needs to begin with a Business Plan. It is the foundation upon which your business will be built. A business plan gives your idea for a great product or service the concrete details that will help you get started and help you find financing for your business if you need it. It will then become a roadmap guiding you as you launch and grow your business.