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State and Local Resources available to Business Buyers

Helpful tools to transferring ownership of a business, purchasing a business or starting a business in Arizona.

How do I register a trademark in Arizona? Complete information and downloadable  forms for registering a trademark or tradename in Arizona.

Name registration. The  Arizona Corporation Commission maintains an online list of current tradenames, corporate names, trademarks registered in Arizona. You can use this is a preliminary step in identifying whether a particular corporate name is available.

Better Business Bureau Search. This site is maintained by the Phoenix Better Business Bureau. You can search for a report on businesses that includes ownership information on satisfactory or unsatisfactory ratings.

Guide to Licensing Requirements. This guide is your road map to state agencies that require licensing, certification or permits for business activities conducted in Arizona.

Workers Compensation. Find information here on requirements for Workers Compensation insurance in Arizona.

Liquor Licenses. Information is available on this site regarding liquor, beer and wine licenses for restaurants, food establishments, liquor stores etc. 

Business Assistance. This site provides information on various organizations and government agenciesthat provide financial assistance and low cost loans to companies seeking to relocate or expand in the City of Phoenix. 

Enterprise Zone Tax Credits. The primary goal of the EZ program is to improve the economies of areas in the state with high poverty or unemployment rates.  The program does this by enhancing opportunities for private investment in certain areas that are called enterprise zones.  The program offers two types of benefits: income or premium tax credits and property tax reduction.