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Starting a Business in Mississippi

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Starting a business in Mississippi can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the secretary of state, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Mississippi, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Mississippi.

What’s the actual process to start a business in Mississippi?


You file articles of incorporation for a Mississippi corporation or articles of organization for a Mississippi LLC using the MS Secretary of State’s online service.

Federal Tax ID

You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Mississippi showing your approved Mississippi business.

Bank Account

Opening a business banking account under your new Mississippi business name should be easy with these two items.

Department of Revenue

If you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax, you will probably need to register with the MS department of revenue. We provide all these links in your online account.

Trade License

Mississippi does not issue business licenses to all MS businesses. However, some businesses need state licenses and permits for their activity. Various MS agencies regulate professional, trade, and other licenses. We provide helpful links and info in your online account.

Local License

Some local cities or counties have a general or privilege license.
You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.


If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.

Get Going

If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? You can save some money:

If you want to start a business in Mississippi yourself, you can just hire us as your Mississippi registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Mississippi LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a Mississippi corporation or form a Mississippi LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Mississippi registered agent service.

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If you want a corporation, you file Mississippi Articles of Incorporation:

The Mississippi articles of incorporation cost $50 with the Mississippi Secretary of State.

We custom draft your Mississippi articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your Mississippi business. The basic requirements of Mississippi corporations are:

  • Business email address.
  • Whether you are forming a profit or nonprofit MS corporation.
  • The Mississippi Corporation must have a corporate ending such as INC, Incorporated, Corporation or a different variety.
  • The Mississippi corporation name must be different than already registered Mississippi corporations.
  • The incorporation is effective when filed, unless you list a future effective date.
  • Only nonprofits have to list duration.
  • Only profit corporations need to list the number of shares the Mississippi Corporation is authorized to issue and the class of the shares.
  • The name and office address of the registered agent in Mississippi.
  • The name and address of each incorporator of the Mississippi Corporation.
  • Other provisions.
  • The Mississippi incorporator must sign the articles of incorporation.

Mississippi does not require original signatures on new MS corporation filings. The stamped form will be mailed to the address of the person who filed the documents.

If you want a LLC, you file Mississippi Articles of Organization:

To form a Mississippi LLC, you file Mississippi articles of organization. The basic requirements of Mississippi LLC filings are:

  • The business name must have a LLC ending or variation of it.
  • The Mississippi company name must be different than already registered Mississippi companies.
  • The articles are effective when filed, unless you state a future effective date.
  • Business email address.
  • Federal Tax ID number.
  • The Mississippi registered agent name and physical address.
  • The Mississippi LLC duration is perpetual unless you state a specific date of dissolution.
  • Management type – manager(s)/member(s).
  • Other matters the managers or members elect to include.
  • The form must be signed by at least one member, manager, or organizer.
  • The name, title, and address of each signer.

Mississippi does not require original signatures on new MS LLC filings. You’ll get a certificate of formation mailed back to you after the state approves your filing.

Corporate Compliance
by Local Corporate Guides®