Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Michigan

At CorpNet our mission is to help you start your business and help you keep it in compliance. To assist you in your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve collected answers to the most frequently asked questions small business owners have about starting and maintaining a business in the state of Michigan.

Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your business, payroll tax registrations, and compliance filings. And if we can help you along the way, our team of entity filings and compliance experts is just a call away.

Quick Facts for Starting a Michigan Business

Expedited Services Available: Yes
New Business Publishing Required: No
Private Registration Available: No

Registered Agent Required: Yes*
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: No

State Sales Tax: 6%
State Income Tax: 4.25%
Unemployment Insurance: .06% – 10.3%

*DBAs do not require a registered agent in Michigan.

Michigan Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Registration Fees Applicable Form
Limited Partnership $10 Certificate of Limited Partnership – Form 401
Limited Liability Partnership $100 Application to Register LLP – Form 800
Domestic Limited Liability Company $50 Articles of Organization – Form 700
Domestic Professional Limited Liability Company $50 Articles of Organization – Form 701
Domestic Profit Corporation $60-$1,000+ Articles of Incorporation – Form 500
Domestic Professional Corporation $60-$1,000+ Articles of Incorporation – Form 501
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation $20 Articles of Incorporation – Form 502
Foreign Limited Liability Company $50 Certificate of Authority to Transact Business – Form 760
Foreign Profit Company $50 Registration of Corporate Name – Form 545
Foreign Nonprofit Corporation $20 Certificate of Authority to Transact Business – Form 560
Ecclesiastical $20 Articles of Incorporation – Form 503

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Key Michigan Government Resources

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Seidman College of Business
Grand Valley State University
50 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

Ottawa Building
611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909

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A Guide for Starting a Business in the State of Michigan

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business in Michigan, you’re in good company. With plentiful resources, incentives, and loans, Michigan is home to 902,000 small businesses that represent 48.3 % of the state’s workers.

We’d like to help you get started with your Michigan small business, so we’ve created a comprehensive guide to detail what you need to get your Michigan business up and running. Read our step by step guide for getting your Michigan business up and running.

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Need a Small Business Compliance Checklist?

Business compliance can slip through the cracks! As your existing business evolves, you are required to file notify the state of any changes. Many business owners lose sight of these requirements and fail to realize they haven’t met compliance requirements.

Use our compliance checklist to determine which business filings you need to perform to manage this year’s activities and changes.

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