Starting a Business

Lets grow our business together!

Absolutely! Our Industrial Development Corporation is devoted to the betterment of our Community, and would be happy to consider giving out a business loan. Please keep a couple of things in mind;

  • Since the De Leon IDC is funded by sales tax, according to Texas laws they can only fund opportunities that will grow sales tax, or retain/create employment.
  • The IDC requires a written business plan for their consideration.

For tips & help on writing a business plan, please click here.

To contact the IDC, use their contact information posted here.

For tips on opening your new business, click here.

No, a business license is not currently required by the city, all though you may be required to register with the Secretary of State, and County.

No, the city does not have any building codes in place at this time.

No, the city does not have any building codes in place at this time.

De Leon is a great place to start and grow a successful business! We are home to many incredible entrepreneurs. From mechanic repair to real estate, finance to auto sales, construction to education; one of our most notable restaurants grew from our annual Peach & Melon Festival! Our Economic Development department is here for you.

You can request an ordinance by submitting a Public-Information-Request  or by visiting our Ordinance page here.

There are NO zoning requirements in De Leon. However, the city does have some similar requirements regarding mobile homes only.

You may review Ordinance no. 001-14, regulating the keeping and care of animals & fowl.

Make it happen

Start by researching your business idea with De Leon data.  Create a space and place that is right for you.

1. Develop a Plan

To help you clarify your goals and create some action steps, develop a solid business plan.  One that identifies potential issues, estimates costs, and provides concrete action items and milestones for your business.

2. Research Zoning Requirements.

The City of De Leon does not have any Zoning Requirements currently. However; the city does regulate mobile homes, so if you will need to move in a mobile home as part of your business you will need to contact the city about getting a mobile home permit.

3. Take steps to make it legal.

Name your business

Contact the Secretary of State's Office to see what you need to do to name your business and check name availability here.

Register your business, and an agent for your business

Contact the Texas Secretary of State to see if/how you must register your business. View

Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) through the Internal Revenue Service.

Before hiring your first employee, you must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This number is used for reporting taxes and other documents to the IRS, as well as for reporting information about your employees to state agencies.

The EIN is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, Employer Tax ID or Form SS-4.

You may want to consult with an attorney on any other legal considerations for your new business.

4. Talk with us about your project

Make sure you discuss with a design professional the requirement regarding the Texas Building Code, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the National Fire Code.

Contact the De Leon Industrial Development Corporation to apply for a business loan. View

5. If you're starting a restaurant, take these additional steps

You'll need to take a few extra steps to get your restaurant ready in order to provide a safe and sanitary dining experience for your customers.

  1.  Make sure you comply with the State of Texas' health permit process
  2.  Find out the water rates for your proposed location
  3.  Find out the status of the Grease Collection System
  4.  If you're selling alcohol, get a liquor license

6. Taxes and Regulations

You'll  need to register with the state and federal government and comply with all regulations related to corporate, payroll, income and sales taxes. Contact the state Franchise Tax Board and the federal Internal Revenue Service for their requirements.

7. Reach out for some help

We know that starting a business is overwhelming. Check out these organizations that can assist you with training, networking and other resources to help get you on your way to starting and managing a successful business.

For general questions, contact our Economic Development Department.

For marketing, networking and advocacy contact the local Chamber of Commerce.

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