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Starting Your Own Business

Small businesses are essential to the economic survival of any community. By putting opportunities within reach of Vetrepreneurs, we hope to encourage the veterans who seek the thrill and spirit of owning their own business into a reality. Building a network of business resources in our community is a key component toward building this vital economic engine.

Veterans Peddler's Permit

Under New York State law, veterans are permitted to obtain a Peddler's Permit that can be used for the sale of items at various locations. There is no fee for the permit. Further information is available by calling (716) 858-7467.

New Business Checklist

Please note that the Erie County Clerk, Kathy Hochul, recommends that you consult with an attorney prior to filing these forms in the Clerk's Office.

New York State Business Law Section 130 prohibits anyone from doing business under a name other than his / her own or as a partnership unless an Assumed Name Certificate is filed in the clerk's Office. These certificates are also referred to as "Doing Business As" (DBA) certificates, or Business Certificates. DBA certificates must contain specific information, such as the names, addresses, and ages (if under 18) of the persons filing the Certificate. A Business Certificate form for filing can be obtained from one of the various legal stationery stores.

The Certificate is NOT a license to do business in Erie County or in the State of New York. To determine whether special licenses are required, you should contact the New York State Department of State, or the City or Town in which you wish to operate your business.

Original DBA

Prior to filing an original DBA, the filer should review business names in the Clerk's Office already assigned to ensure that the desired name is available. A current list of filed Certificates is available for public review at the Corporations-Assumed Names Counter of the County Clerk's Office Basement Records. In addition, we recommend that you search the New York State Department of State website.

After checking on available names, 1 original signed and notarized Certificate is filed in the Clerk's Office. The fee of $35.00 covers the filing, a certified copy for the filer's record and a certified copy for a business bank account.

General Partnerships

Assumed Name Certificates may be filed in the Clerk's Office for general partnerships. Again, a list of filed Certificates, while not indexed specifically as partnerships, may be searched at the Clerk's Office to ensure that the desired name has not already been chosen by another entity. The Partnership Certificate must be signed by all partners and notarized. The form can be obtained from one of the various legal stationary stores in Erie County.

Amendment of an Assumed Name Certificate

A Certificate can be amended by filing an original signed and notarized Amendment with the County Clerk's Office. The form can be obtained from one of the various legal stationary stores in Erie County.

Generally, Amendments may be filed to change the business name, the business address, or to add or remove partners. Amendments require a reference to the original or most recent business filing and the Corporation-Assumed Name Counter in the Basement Record Room of the Clerk's Office can assist with identifying this reference. The filing fee for an Amendment is $35.00.

Discontinuance of Assumed Name

The use of an assumed name can be discontinued when the individual or partners cease to conduct business. Like Amendments, the Discontinuance requires reference to the original filing and amendments. The form for an individual discontinuing an assumed name can be obtained from one of the various legal stationery stores. The form for Discontinuance of a Partnership can be obtained from one of the various legal stationery stores. There is no charge for filing a Discontinuance of Assumed Name.

Incorporation and Formation of Limited Liability Companies or Partnerships, including Limited Partnership

The County Clerk's Office also maintains corporate and business entity records that were originally filed in this office, and continues to take amendments and discontinuance documents for those entities.

Currently, Certificates of Incorporation, Articles of Organization for limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships, as well as any Assumed Name Certificates for corporations, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships or limited partnerships are filed with the New York Department of State which may then forward copies to the Erie County Clerk, at the request of the filer. More information may be found at www.dos.state.ny.us
Revised March 31, 2009

Registering Your Veteran-Owned Business

How to Become an Accredited Veteran Owned Business

As a registered Veteran-owned business you will benefit:

Your company will receive:

  1. Special consideration for federal contracting opportunities from prime contractors and federal government agencies
  2. Notices of contracting opportunities
  3. Information and news affecting Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled businesses

Qualifications:

Veteran: A person who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, for any length of time and at any place and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Reservists or members of the National Guard called to Federal active duty or disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty or while in training status also qualify as a Veteran

Veteran-owned Business: Not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more Veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more Veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more Veterans

Service Disabled Veteran: A Veteran who possesses a disability rating letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, establishing a service-connected rating between 0 and 100% or a disability determination from the Department of Defense.

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business: Not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more service-disabled Veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled Veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled Veterans, or in the case of a Veteran with a permanent and severe disability, a spouse or permanent caregiver of such Veteran

So, are you ready to get started? To become an accredited veteran-owned business, and to open a new world of contracting opportunities for your business with the federal government, visit the VetBiz Registry.

Registering with Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. Enrolling in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database is a requirement for all firms interested in selling to the government for a contract to be awarded by any federal government agency, including veteran-owned businesses! CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions. Click here to learn more about CCR Policy and Background.

Register Now

Further Resources

Buffalo State University- Small Business Development Center

John McKeone,
Business Advisor and Veterans Outreach Coordinator
Cleveland Hall 206
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Tel: (716) 878-4030
Fax: (716) 878-4067
mckeonj@buffalostate.edu

Please Contact the Small Business Development Center for a copy of the Business and Resource Planning Guide.

Please see the following links for more information on starting a new business:

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Veterans-owned businesses

We appreciate you supporting the following veterans-owned businesses.

  • The Emblematic Company inc.
    9998 Clarksburg Road
    Eden, NY 14057
    Phone: 716-992-9407
    Web: www.EmblematicCo.com
  • Sandlot Academy
  • Center for Transportation Excellence
  • MatchStick Photography
    MatchStick Photography is the brainchild of David Hutchinson, a Marine Corps Combat Photographer for 21 years. With over 30 years of experience, David specializes in fine art photography. You can expect MatchStick Photography to provide you more photos, more selection and quality service. Anyone can walk into a department store and have photos done, you'll get a package of prints and if you want anything more, you're going to pay a steep price. MatchStick Photography provides a lasting memory and captures your personality within the comfort of your surroundings. Years from now, these photographs will remind you of who you were at that point in time. They are a full service location only company. Visit their website and see for yourself. MatchStick Photography is a member of the Buffalo Bridal Association. Ask about their military veteran discount!
  • City Clean Laundry
    Owned by Navy Veteran Jonathan Nash
    Your Local Source for Cleaning Excellence:
    • Laundry
    • Linen Services
    • Wash-N-Fold
    • Home, Dorm Room or Office Delivery Service
    164 Holden Street
    Buffalo, NY 14214-2229
    (716) 316-8172
    Toll Free: 866-406-8874
    Website: CityCleanLaundry.com
  • KOREY SALES AND SERVICES, INC. (Coffee, Vending, Spring Water)
    ROSS KOREY
    2343 UNION ROAD
    BUFFALO, NY 14227
    716-668-0988
    716-668-2162 (FAX)

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