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The Swift River running through the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

This month, we travel to the New England region of United States to New Hampshire. Known as the Granite State, it is defined by its quaint towns and large expanses of wilderness.

New Hampshire is a state with some mighty history. In January 1776, it became the first of the British North American Colonies to establish a government independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain’s authority, and it was the first to establish its own constitution. Six months later, it became one of the original 13 states that founded the United States of America, and in June 1788 it was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, bringing that document into effect.

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Business Formation 101: Choosing a State for Your Company

Don't miss this key business formation criteria when starting or expanding your company.

Don’t miss this key business formation criteria when starting or expanding your company.

When you started or expanding your business, what criteria did you use for selecting a location? Did you opt for a “business friendly” state? Because each state offers different taxes, fees, credits and incentives, it can be hard to know how to choose the best fit for your company.

One important idea to keep in mind is that selecting a state of incorporation for your company doesn’t only come down to taxes, fees, credits and incentives. It’s also important to think about where your business will operate and have nexus. Although “business friendly” states certainly sound appealing, they aren’t always the best choice for entrepreneurs – especially small business owners.

A good principle to keep in mind is that if your business has five or fewer shareholders it may be best to form a corporation or LLC in your home state – where you live and will be conducting business.

With that in mind, here are 6 key business formation criteria to keep in mind:

1. Initial fees. Some states require one-time formation fees for new corporations or LLCs. In some states, like Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Mississippi, this fee is as low as $50. For others, like Texas and Connecticut, it’s as high as $310-$455. Fortunately, this initial fee shouldn’t have a long-term impact on your company. Continue reading