Doing Business in Texas

Texas is among the top five of the friendliest states to new businesses in the  USA. Here are six reasons for opening a business branch in Texas:

  • Economic Strength – Texas leads the nation in job growth

  • Low Taxes – No corporate or individual state income taxes

  • Fair Legal System - You can focus on growth without the threat of frivolous law suits

  • Skilled Labor Force – There are 12.6 million personnel in the Texas work force, and growing

  • Superior Logistics Infrastructure – Excellent highways and advantages for sea, land and air import and export

  • Quality of Life – Access to superior higher education, low cost of living, cultural resources, and extensive parks, recreation and tourism attractions 

The Texas incorporation and business filing fees are quite affordable. (Click here to see the Fee Schedule).  SBDA offers the following services to help your company get started.


Incorporate in Texas

The first step to registering to do business in Texas is to select the corporate structure that fits your business. (Click here for more information.)  SBDA can do the rest.  SBDA’s Incorporation Service includes a names search for similar names and preparation and filing the formation documents. 


Foreign Company Registration in Texas

Section 9.001 of the Texas Business Organizations Code (“BOC”) requires every domestic out-of-state and foreign entity to file an application for registration with the Texas secretary of state if the entity is “transacting business” in Texas

SBDA’s Registration Service includes a names search for similar company names and preparation and filing the registration documents. SBDA will also assist your company in obtaining immigration visas for your foreign personnel relocating to Texas.


Registered Agent Services

The Texas Business Organizations Code (“BOC”) also requires every domestic or foreign filing entity to maintain a registered agent and office in Texas. An entity’s registered agent is an agent of the entity on whom may be served any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the entity.

 Section 5.201(b) of the BOC requires that registered agents designated on or after January 1, 2010 must have consented to serve in that capacity in a written or electronic form developed by the Office of the Secretary of State. An entity’s registered office must be a physical address in Texas where the registered agent can be served with process during business hours. 

SBDA offers to serve as the Registered Agent for foreign companies registering through SBDA. 


Assumed Name Services

Many businesses prefer to do business in Texas under a trade name (“dba”) rather than as the corporate entity. An assumed name certificate provides information about the underlying business’s identity and location.

Chapter 71 of the Texas Business & Commerce Code does not authorize rejection of an assumed name certificate on the basis of a name conflict. Therefore, there may be multiple assumed name certificates on file with the secretary of state for the exact same name. However, SBDA's Assumed Names Service includes a names search for similar names at no additional charge so our customers can make an informed decision.


Corporate Services Fees

Following are SBDA’s fees for services. These fees do not include the Texas filing fees or optional courier costs:

 Texas Company Incorporation:  

 Foreign Company Registration: 

Registered Agent filing:

Assumed Names Services:                   Amendments:                                       

Registered Agent Services:   

Other consulting services:          



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 $100.00 per year

$100.00 per hour



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Last modified: April 28, 2018 .