Checklist for Opening a Business


Step 2

Step 2: Will you have a corporate structure?

NO, I will operate as a sole proprietor Skip this Step, Go to Step 3


  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Profit Corporation
  • Nonprofit Corporation
  • Limited Partnership
Once you register...

The Secretary of State will issue a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number and send you formation documents. Use the same name and UBI number when dealing with all agencies.

How long does it take to process?

  • 2 business days if done online.
  • 14 business days if done by mail.
For help, contact the Corporations Division at:

phone: (360) 725-0377

Things to consider...
  • Bylaws if you are a corporation.
  • Operating Agreement if you are an LLC.
  • Governing person information such as officers for corporations and members/managers for LLCs.

If you want to be an S-corp, complete the steps for a profit corporation or LLC with the Secretary of State, then contact IRS for S-corp tax designation. For details, see Start chapter of Washington's Small Business Guide

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