Every business should have a list of their, call them ‘preferred providers’, the people they do business with that they like to recommend. This list should have at least 2 realtors, an insurance provider, computer support, social media expertise, virtual assistant and/or temporary support provider, HVAC, cleaning services. If they don’t have a list like that, they should do some concentrated networking and or start with Direct 2 Business Magazine.
Colorado Springs SCORE (719) 636-3074
Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (719) 255-5839
Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC) (719) 434-3470
PPLD Business Librarian Terry Zarsky (719) 531-6333 x 2308
Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce (719) 481-3282
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (719) 635-1551
Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (719) 442-2007
State Department of Revenue (Sales tax, withholding, income tax) 303-238-7378
When starting up a business in Colorado you must fill out a Colorado form CR100. Once completed, you will be assigned a state tax id number. You will need this number when you file state income taxes. It is used for reporting and paying state sales tax. If you have employees, this number will also be your state withholding number.
State Department of Labor and Employment (Unemployment Insurance) 303-318-9100
If you have employees, you must fill out the form UITL100. You will receive an unemployment insurance reporting number and a rate will be assigned. As of Jan 2012, employers are required to pay unemployment insurance on the first $11,000 of annual wages paid to each employee. The rate can vary depending on your industry, but the most common rate for a new employer is 2.52%
Colorado Springs Dept of Revenue (719) 385-5903
If you will be collecting and paying city sales tax you must apply for a sales/use tax license. Go to www.springsgov.com/units/slaestax/PDF/Application1.pdf
The current combined sales and use tax rate for the City of Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado is:
2.5% Colorado Springs (as of January 1, 2002 through present)*1
2.9% State of Colorado
1.0% El Paso County
1.0% Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority
7.4% Combined Sales and Use Tax
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado 719-636-1155
New website which helps new businesses fill out required forms.