How to Start a Business in Michigan (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in MichiganAre you thinking about starting your own business in Michigan? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Michigan. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Michigan.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Michigan

Agency ResponsibleMichigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) – Corporations Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization
ModeMail, in-person, fax, email
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 for LLC and $10 for coporation and parnership (Online Mode)
Filing Fee$50 + Expedite fee: $50 (optional)
Time1 week (Option to expedite available)
LawAct 23 of 1993 MICHIGAN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT


Summary:

  1. Search for business name avaialability in Michigan
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (Form CSCL/CD-700)
  5. Draft an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  8. Obtain Michigan tax id number
  9. File Annual report

How to Start a Corporation in Michigan

Agency ResponsibleMichigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) – Corporations Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation
ModeMail, in-person, fax, email
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 for LLC and $10 for coporation and parnership (Online Mode)
Filing Fee$60 + Expedite fee (optional)
Time1 week (Option to expedite available)
Lawfilled later

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation form (Form CSCL/CD-500)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  7. Obtain Michigan tax id number
  8. File Annual report



References:
https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35413_35429—,00.html
https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35413_35426—,00.html

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

Michigan Business Entity & Corporation Search

In Michigan, all the businesses and professional licenses are registered with Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL). The CSCL is a subdivision of the Michigan Secretary of State which regulates and maintains records all the business entities registered in the state. Each registered business is added to the public database which maintained by the […]

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