Starting a new business can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be

Put a Plan Together

A comprehensive business plan is the start of every successful business. Take the time to explore and evaluate your business and personal goals before you go any further with your idea. Then use this information to build a comprehensive and well thought-out business plan that will help you reach these goals. The process of developing a business plan will help you think through some important issues that you may not have considered yet. Your plan will become a valuable tool as you set out to raise money for your business. It should also provide milestones to gauge your success.


Federal, State and Local Requirements 

Make sure to get your paperwork filled with the State of Alaska for your State of Alaska Business License and with the federal government for a Federal Employer Identification Number. Become familiar with corporate, payroll, income tax requirements. In doing so, you'll be able to learn about different tax assistance programs for small businesses

All businesses are required to file federal tax returns. Contact the Internal Revenue Service to learn more about specific requirements

To operate a business in Bethel (contractors, home-based or part time businesses, day care/child care and rental of residential, commercial or industrial property), you need to apply for a business license and pay sales tax collected from your customers, to the City of Bethel. Non-Profit organizations are also required to register with the City of Bethel Business Licensing Department


City of Bethel Business Licensing 

City of Bethel Sales Tax 

Sales Tax and Business Licensing Forms