Start a Business in Zionsville
We know that starting a business in a new area can be challenging. As part of our commitment to helping you succeed, we’ve mapped out some best practices to help you get started.
Prepare a Business Plan
Developing a detailed business plan is an essential tool for a new business owner. Not only will a business plan provide direction, but it will help facilitate the process of building capitol through both traditional bank financing and investors. Click here or here for resources that can provide assistance with your business plan.
Determine Your Business Structure
It’s always best to consult a professional when making decisions with regard to your legal structure. Our membership base contains many reputable attorneys and tax consultants to assist you with this process. Click here for a list of resources in this area.
Decide on a Location
Whether you’re looking for existing office space or new land to develop, Zionsville has something to offer you. Contact Julie Johns-Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-873.3836 to start the process.
Secure Financing for Your Business
Understand Zoning Requirements
Before finalizing your lease or purchase agreement, you will need to verify that your intended use is permitted in that zoning district. You can confirm zoning regulations and learn about any additional special requirements by visiting the Town of Zionsville’s Planning Department website or calling them at (317) 873-8247
Access Labor Force Data for Boone County
In 2013 the Boone County Economic Development Corporation procurred a labor force study. You can find a copy of the study here.
Additional permits, licenses or forms may be required for you to start your business.
Building and sign permits.
A permit may be required if you plan to remodel, demolish or build a new structure. Please visit the Town of Zionsville’s Planning Department’s website or call them at (317) 873-8247.
Federal Employer Identification Number.
You must register for an EIN, also known as a Federal Income Tax Identification Number. You can obtain an EIN by visiting the IRS website here.
If you prepare and sell food, you will need to contact the Boone County Health Department by visiting their website or calling them at (765) 483-4458.
Alcoholic beverage license.
If you plan to sell alcoholic beverages or tobacco, you will need to get a license. Please visit the Indiana Tobacco and Alcohol Commission’s website or call them at (317) 232-2430.
United States Customs permit.
If your business will involve the import or export of products from another country, you may need to obtain a permit. Please visit the United States Customs’ website or contact them at (877) 227-5511.
You are required to carry both Workers’ Compensation and general liability insurance. Contact a local insurance agency to discuss your options.
Contact Your Local Utilities
You will need to get set up with local utility service. A list can be found below.
Electric - Boone REMC / Duke Energy
Water - Citizens’ Water
Wastewater - Town of Zionsville Wastewater Department
Gas - Vectren Energy Delivery
Telecommunications - AT&T / Brighthouse Cable / Nextiva
Trash removal and recycling - Ray’s Trash Service