If you wish to start and register a business in Arizona, you must start by choosing a name for the business entity. Go to the Arizona Secretary of State website in order to register a trade name. Prior to registering a name, make sure you have checked the existing business names list to determine if yours is available.
If you want to operate a website, you can apply for a domain name that is tied to your business name. The Arizona Corporation Commission does not sell the domain name. You have to purchase it separately and then register it with the ACC.
Then, select the type of business: corporation, nonprofit, or LLC. If you have chosen the name and type of business entity, file for registration at the ACC website here. The name reservation done via the ACC website is valid for 120 days. You need to complete the paperwork needed to finalize the entity registration during this time. Meanwhile, the business name is valid for 5 years once registered.
Submit the formation documentation to the ACC via their website. An ACC staff will examine and review the documents for approval. Once approved, you can submit a tax application with the Arizona Department of Revenue. Check additional licensing requirements for the city you are operating your business in.
Obtain your Employer Identification Number (EIN) at the Internal Revenue Service website. Pay any fees through your business bank account.
Arizona State has 15 counties overseen by a county attorney, a sheriff, treasurer, assessor, county recorder, school superintendent, and 3 to 5 supervisors. Election for these positions is held every four years. Counties function as state agents.
Cities, charter cities, and towns (communities with a population of less than 3,000) are the other governmental units of the state. All of the state's largest cities are charter cities. Towns follow a mayor-council form of government. As of 2002, the state has 638 local government units, 87 of which were municipal governments. There are also 305 special districts. Arizona also has 245 public schools.
The state of Arizona has a total of 21 Indian reservations, overseen by either a tribal council or elected board members.See the main Arizona Page for county links.