Starting a Business
Resources for Starting a Business:
Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, the Governor’s Small Business Resource Portal will provide you with the most relevant resources and contacts to help you find success. This important tool offers a customized list of useful business resources to assist you in starting or growing your business in Texas.
The portal is easy to access and use - simply answer five short questions to generate your tailored resource list.
Types of information included in the portal:
- Texas Secretary of State 512-463-5555
- Texas State Comptroller's Office 800-252-5555
- Office of the Governor
Economic Development and Tourism Division 800-843-5789
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Dallas Enforcement District (North Regional Main Office) 214-678-4000
- Texas Workforce Commission Tax Department East Central Region 512-463-3642
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations 800-803-9202
- Texas Department of State Health Services 512-458-7111
- How do I find a site in Wilmer for my business?
- Please contact Wilmer Economic Development at 972-441-6373 for information about available sites to meet your business needs.
- Or use our Property Search Tool
- How do I get a “Certificate of Occupancy” (CO)?
A certificate of occupancy authorizes the use of building and/or vacant land.
- How do I register my business Name?
Register your business name in the county in which you will do business.
Dallas County Clerk, Assumed Name (DBA)
State Requirements for Assumed Business Name Certificate
A domestic or foreign corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or other foreign filing entity that regularly conducts business or renders a professional service in this state under a name other than its legal name (the name stated in its certificate of formation or comparable document) must file an assumed name certificate with the secretary of state and with the county clerk in the appropriate county.
Contact the Texas Secretary of State Office for information: (512) 463-5555
- What licenses and permits do I need?
The City of Wilmer does not issue or require a "business license."
You will need a certificate of occupancy for your place of business (contact the city's Building Inspections Division, 128 N Dallas Ave., 972-441-6373). If you are working out of your home, you may also need to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
For food establishments, a health permit is required.
For alcohol sales, an alcohol permit is required.
- Does the city offer grants or loans to businesses?
The city of Wilmer does not offer grants or loans to businesses. City Council-approved incentives may be available, depending on added taxable investment and added jobs. Visit our Incentives webpage to learn about incentive programs offered by the city.
- Do I need a sales tax permit?
Visit the Texas Comptroller Texas Online Tax Registration webpage for information on sales tax permits.
- Who handles taxes on business personal property?
File your Business Personal Property (BPP) rendition (April 15th deadline each year) to county appraisal district.
Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD)
2949 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75247
Customer Service: 214-631-0910
Main Switchboard: 214-631-0520