Starting a Business

Pro-Business Climate in the Heart of Texas

Kyle has a pro-business climate with a committed, progressive, and collaborative community. The city’s available and growing workforce, quality education base, and strategic location in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor are all substantial benefits for business. In addition, the city has ample acreage of available property, an affordable cost of doing business, a favorable tax structure, and is expanding its utility and roadway infrastructure to support growth and future development.

In Kyle, it is our goal to become a full-service community. Throughout the community, we promote robust, balanced growth geared towards the future that complements city resources. We actively seek to enhance and diversify our tax base with local employment and strive to attract a diverse mix of companies and jobs where citizens can support their families. 

Get started with your business in Kyle with these 7 Basic Steps.

Step 1 - Write Your Business Plan

A business plan is a road map for your business, outlining your main purpose and value proposition, including structure, financing, and competitive advantages. You can contact the Texas State Small Business Development Center for assistance with business plan development.

Step 2 - Choose Your Business Location

Your business location depends on the type of business you operate. Visit our properties page to find a site that fits your exact needs. Further discussion with the Economic Development and Planning Departments will be necessary if any rezoning is needed.

Step 3 - Finance Your Business

There are several ways to fund your new business, including:

  • Personal savings, money from friends or family

  • Crowdfunding, angel, or venture capital investors

  • Seek credit through personal financing

  • Bank, microloan, or secure a federal loan (via the SBA)

The SBA also offers a useful guide for determining and procuring funds for your business. 

Step 4 - Business Structure and Registration

Determining the appropriate structure for your business. In general, sole proprietorships and partnerships need to register and file the business name (DBA or assumed name) with Hays County clerk’s office. If you decide to incorporate, the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) website has information on choosing the correct legal structure. You can also register the new legal entity on the SOS site.

Step 5 - Business Tax Responsibilities

Determine your potential tax responsibilities with federal, state, and local tax authorities. 

If you are starting an online business, useful Marketplace Seller tax information is available. Direct questions regarding local business and property taxes with Hays County appraisal district and the Hays County tax office websites.

Step 6 - Business Licenses and Permits by Business Type

Although a general business license is not required in Kyle, it is important to determine necessary licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, or authorizations for specific business activity at the federal, state, and local levels. The Texas Economic Development and Tourism Business Permit Office (BPO) provides comprehensive information on state permits and licenses required for business enterprises in Texas. For more information, please refer to the State’s Business Permits Office Handbook

Local Planning and Building permits can be discussed with the Economic Development Department or during your pre-development meeting with City Staff.

Step 7 - Business Employer Requirements

Step 7 - Business Employer Requirements

If planning to employ staff, determine federal and state employer requirements. To learn more about Texas employer resources, visit the Texas Workforce Commission’s businesses and employers webpage. For workforce assistance, please contact Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.

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Victoria Vargas
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