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Richmond, VA
  • Dog Boarding
  • Puppy Care

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Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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2.5 / 5 (31)

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A Stay In The Country

2610 Shadewood Lane, Charles City, VA 23030
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  • Daycare

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A Stay in the Country is a pet lodging facility serving dogs of Richmond residents since 2006. It offers climate-controlled boarding accommodations for dogs of all kinds and sizes, including those that are senior and less social. Also available are daycare services, where pets can enjoy supervised playdates. Its staff members provide grooming services to keep pets clean and fresh. The facility serves clients from other surrounding counties, including New Kent, Varina, Prince George, and Charles City.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (19)

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Allied Animal Hospital

7209 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

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Allied Animal Hospital is a Richmond-based pet care facility that offers a broad range of services, including dog boarding. It is equipped with well-lit, clean, and spacious pet condos that also accommodate canines staying only for the day. Furthermore, the company provides dentistry, grooming, and behavioral counseling services, and surgeries are also performed at the hospital. Weight loss programs and specialized assistance for geriatric canines and felines are also offered on-site. Allied Animal Hospital has been in service since 1964.

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4.3
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4.8 / 5 (17)

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Brandywine Kennels

12117 Halifax Road, Petersburg, VA 23805
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  • Daycare

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Brandywine Kennels is a family-owned business in Petersburg that serves pet owners of Richmond. One of the services it offers is dog boarding. Its facility is equipped with over 120 indoor kennels that are 40 square feet in size. Dogs are given supervised playtime three times daily at the property's fenced yard, and meals that contain barley dry dog food, rice, and chicken are provided on-site. Brandywine Kennels has been serving canine owners since 1991.

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4.8 / 5 (96)
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5.0 / 5 (18)

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Break Of Dawn Kennels

5803 Charles City Road, Henrico, VA 23231
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  • Grooming

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Break Of Dawn Kennels has been providing dog boarding services to clients in Richmond since 1983. It offers boarding solutions for all breeds and sizes of dogs. Additional services include baths, nail trimming, ear cleaning, medication, and feeding. The facility has training programs for puppies and behavioral issues. Break Of Dawn Kennels is located near the Richmond International Airport. It is certified with the American Kennel Club as a dog breeder.

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4.0 / 5 (45)

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Countryside Bed & Biscuit For Pets, Ltd.

3246 Judes Ferry Road, Powhatan, VA 23139
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Countryside Bed & Biscuit for Pets, Ltd., is a family-owned pet lodging that serves the residents of Richmond and its neighboring areas. The facility offers indoor and outdoor suites that have elevated cots for the boarded dogs. Moreover, it provides a lamb and rice diet that is recommended for the pets' digestive systems. The center also has a retail store where owners can buy toys and pet food. Countryside Bed & Biscuit for Pets, Ltd., has been operating since 1985.

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5.0 / 5 (34)
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5.0 / 5 (9)
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4.0 / 5 (9)

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Countryside Veterinary Clinic

10432 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233
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  • Daycare

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Countryside Veterinary Clinic offers boarding facilities for dogs in the Richmond area. It caters to pet owners who want to leave their dogs in a safe place while they are out of town for a night or longer. It also assists dogs who need medication, grooming, medical procedures, and baths. The clinic offers companion laser and chiropractic therapies, soft tissue surgery, general wellness, and diagnostic services. One of its doctors, John Dyer, has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2004.

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3.8

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County Line Kennel

1807 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, VA 23139
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  • Puppy Care

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Located in Powhatan, Country Line Kennel offers dog boarding services to fur parents in the Richmond metro and the surrounding communities. It provides temperature-controlled boarding facilities where dogs can relax and enjoy their stay. The animal center administers pets' medication and indoor and outdoor exercise activities. It accommodates dogs of all breeds and sizes as well as those with special needs. Country Line Kennel offers canine massage to help dogs improve their stimulation and build up extra energy.

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5.0 / 5 (27)

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Cresthill Kennels

13190 Nancy Wrights Drive, Woodford, VA 22580
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  • Training

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Cresthill Kennels is a small family-run business serving dog owners in Richmond and nearby areas. Founded in 2006, the climate-controlled dog boarding facility is built on a 46-acre land. It is equipped with skylights, centralized air-conditioning, and radiant heat floors. Dogs are allowed to exercise and play twice a day and are provided with grain-free food. Cresthill Kennels is also a Labrador retriever breeding facility. Its breeding dogs are campaigned in NAHRA, AKC, and UKC hunt tests.

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4.9
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4.9 / 5 (175)
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4.8 / 5 (68)

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Diamond Doghouse

1712 Ellen Road, Richmond, VA 23230
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  • Daycare

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Diamond Doghouse has been providing daycare and accommodation services to pets in Richmond since 2006. Its dog boarding facility is an open-cage environment where pets can freely walk around, play, and exercise with other dogs under the supervision of the facility's staff members. Pet owners can bring their dogs' favorite toys and bedding. Diamond Doghouse requires a four-hour free trial to ensure dogs are well-socialized. The facility can administer most dog medications except injections. Diamond Doghouse also offers dog collars.

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4.2

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Dog's Days Inn

213 Granite Spring Road, Richmond, VA 23225
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  • Daycare

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Dog's Days Inn is a dog boarding facility and daycare that has been serving the pet owners of Richmond and the surrounding areas for more than 28 years. It offers all-inclusive dog boarding services, with amenities such as climate-controlled private suites and patios, personalized room service and housekeeping, and a minimum of 2 exercise sessions per day. The facility is a member of the North American Dogsport Federation, Protection Sports of America, and the American Working Dog Federation.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (295)
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4.8 / 5 (172)
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3.5 / 5 (30)

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DogServices

4800 Thalbro Street, Richmond, VA 23230
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  • Daycare
  • Bathing / Grooming

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DogServices has been providing dog boarding services to Richmond pet owners for over 30 years. It provides an indoor and outdoor play facility for group exercises and quiet time. Its animal coaches are available round-the-clock for constant supervision. Dogs can benefit from training programs, nature hikes, and daycare during their stay. Additionally, the facility offers dog grooming services that include bathing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning. DogServices conducts dog-behavior evaluations and implements a three-point safety check system.

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Happy Camper Pet Lodge

7300 Impala Drive, Richmond, VA 23228
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  • Daycare

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Happy Camper Pet Lodge is a dog day camp, boarding, and grooming facility serving the needs of pets in Richmond. It offers safe, stimulating, and fun day camp and boarding services in the area. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day and has six outdoor play yards to provide pets stimulating outdoor activities, exercises, and playtime with other dogs. The lodge has basic and luxury suites for dogs to stay in where they are provided with their own food, water, bedding, and blankets.

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4.3
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5.0 / 5 (28)

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Impawsible Pups

2109 Spencer Road, Richmond, VA 23230
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  • Daycare

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Impawsible Pups is a boarding facility serving clients in the Richmond area. It offers overnight stays for dogs that include daycare throughout the day. The facility separates dogs into different play groups based on size and personality. In addition, it provides training programs for pets and owners, focused on clear communication, obedience, and certain behavioral issues. Grooming services are available. Impawsible Pups was founded in 2009 by Valerie Paul, who is a certified Master Trainer.

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4.5
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4.0 / 5 (87)

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PawsCienda Pet Resort

16726 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA 23192
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  • Bathing / Grooming

Business Description

PawsCienda Pet Resort is a boarding facility that renders services for pet owners in the Richmond metro. The center has a range of pet lodging options that include bunkhouse boarding, rustic luxury, and presidential suites. Its clients can also choose whether to give their companions a peaceful rest or an activity-filled vacation. Additionally, the facility provides pet grooming, daycare, and training services. PawsCienda Pet Resort has been in the business for more than two decades.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (113)
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4.8 / 5 (45)
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4.0 / 5 (5)

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Pets at Play

319 North 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
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  • Grooming

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PETS at PLAY is a team of dog care professionals serving Richmond and the surrounding areas. Its dog boarding service includes playtime in a cage-free and climate-controlled area. The facility is equipped with an indoor play space, allowing dogs to socialize and exercise regardless of the weather. The center also offers in-home pet care visits that involve carrying out dogs' daily routines. Other services include dog walking, bathing, and grooming.

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4.0 / 5 (79)
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4.6 / 5 (13)

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Pouncey Tract Veterinary Hospital

5450 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
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  • Daycare

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Pouncey Tract Veterinary Hospital is an animal hospital and dog boarding facility serving pets in Richmond. Its pet boarding facility is limited and reserved for pets with geriatric and special needs. Every boarding pet receives personal attention from caring staff. It also provides full-service companion animal care including diagnostic, radiology, and surgical services, dietary and behavioral counseling, and emergency care. Microchipping and routine and therapeutic bathing are also available, as well as individualized flea control programs.

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Quioccasin Veterinary Hospital

9218 Quioccasin Road, Richmond, VA 23229
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  • Daycare
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Quioccasin Veterinary Hospital offers medical care and accommodation for pets in the Richmond metro. Its veterinarians perform medical treatments, dental work, and vaccinations. The hospital also offers pet dietary and behavioral counseling services. The hospital's dog boarding facility features a spacious fenced-in yard where dogs can run around, play, and exercise before bedtime under the supervision of its staff members. It also has quiet room cages and thick bedding. Pet owners can bring their dogs' favorite food, toys, and regular medications.

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4.8 / 5 (246)
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4.5 / 5 (13)

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Toby Town RVA

2100 Maywill Street, Richmond, VA 23230
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  • Daycare
  • Cat Care
  • Puppy Care

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Toby Town RVA is an animal center that offers services to fur parents in Richmond. It provides boarding and daycare services in its 6,700 square foot facility. Boarding accommodation comes with medication administration and a la carte salon services. The animal center also conducts dog-focused enrichment activities to help pets increase their stimulation and improve their socialization skills. Additionally, it offers grooming services that include teeth brushing and nail clipping. Owners of Toby Town RVA have completed The Dog Gurus business consulting and training course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Dog boarding, sometimes referred to as doggie day care, offers pet-sitting services for dogs of varying breeds and ages. Services provided include overnight housing in temperature- and light-controlled kennels, medication administration, bathing, and feeding with veterinarian-approved food or food brought from home.

Dog boarding and doggie day care facilities provide owners with peace of mind in knowing that their pets are being cared for by licensed and trained professionals. Boarding options range from one to 30 days or longer, and many companies offer additional services, such as spa treatments and obedience training.

What is dog boarding? 

Dog boarding facilities provide housing and care for dogs for short- and long-term stays. Services include kenneling, daily exercise, feeding, and grooming. While at-home pet sitting providers offer similar services, the main difference between the two is that professional facilities are licensed, and they must follow state regulations to ensure the safety of animals in their care.

What is included with dog boarding?

Services included with dog boarding can vary based on specific facility offerings, but most boarding centers offer daily exercise programs, clean, sanitized bedding, temperature-controlled housing, fresh water, and veterinarian-approved dog food. Boarding technicians also administer required medications and supplements, and many facilities offer grooming and bathing services.

Should I board my dog at the vet?

Certain veterinary offices provide boarding services, as overnight staff are readily available, and animals have immediate access to medical care. While boarding a dog at the vet is perfectly safe, some dogs are uneasy about going to the doctor, leading to anxiety and resistance at drop-off.

What is board and training for dogs?

Board and training programs for dogs combine overnight boarding with obedience training. Dogs stay at boarding facilities throughout their training programs, which typically last between one and four weeks. During their stay, dogs are trained to hinder behavior, such as jumping and pulling on leashes, and they learn basic commands, such as heel and stay.

Do dog board and train programs work?

Board and train programs have proven to be effective for many dogs, as they learn everything from basic commands to new behaviors that result in positive reinforcement. However, not all dogs respond to board and train programs, so alternative training and behavior modification courses may be necessary in some cases.

Are there any regulation requirements for dog boarding facilities?

Specific regulation requirements for dog boarding facilities can vary from state to state, but all kennel owners must obtain the appropriate licensing, and property must be zoned for kenneling. Additionally, all facilities must be designed to remain structurally sound and maintain fresh-air ventilation systems, and hot and cold running water is required.

How can I prepare my dog for boarding in a kennel or pet hotel?

Dog owners may wish to visit the facility with their pets before boarding to help them acclimate to the environment. A visit to the veterinarian is also a good idea to ensure the dog is in good health before spending time away from home. If a dog is used to sleeping with other dogs or people, owners should encourage them to sleep alone for a few nights before the stay.

What should I bring with my dog for long-term boarding?

When dropping off a dog for long-term boarding, owners should bring the following:

  • Food to last the duration of the pet's stay
  • Medication and supplements, if needed
  • One or two favorite toys for comfort and familiarity
  • Vaccination documentation
  • One or two dog leashes, if required by the facility

How do I board my dog for the first time? 

Before boarding a dog for the first time, it's a good idea for owners and their pets to visit the establishment to get a feel for the environment and learn about the boarding process. It's also important for dogs to be vaccinated for kennel cough, canine distemper, and rabies prior to boarding. Dog owners can also "try out" boarding facilities by placing their pets for a one-night stay to gauge their comfort levels and familiarize them with the environment.

Do dogs like boarding kennels?

Dogs are highly adaptable; however, whether they are comfortable in a boarding kennel depends on various factors. Anxiety due to missing their owners and being in an unfamiliar space may cause a dog to feel stressed. Reputable providers work hard to ensure dogs are comfortable and content during their stays.

How much is dog boarding per day?

On average, dog boarding costs between $25 and $85 per day/night. Factors that can lead to higher or lower costs include the state, additional services needed, special diets, included grooming, and included training. Weekly dog boarding costs average $150, and monthly costs are approximately $500.

How much is dog board and training per day?

Rates for dog board and training per day can vary based on specific company prices and services offered. In general, two-week programs start at around $900, but they can go significantly higher. Dog owners should confirm with dog boarding centers if single-day sessions are offered, as professional training often requires more than one session.

Do you tip for dog boarding?

It's not customary or required to tip for dog boarding or kenneling, but customers can offer tips if so inclined. It's always a good idea to check with the boarding center before providing a tip to ensure it's not against company policy.

How long can you board a dog?

Specific lengths of boarding time can vary per facility, but in general, it's recommended to board a dog for no longer than 30 days at a time. While many dogs adapt to new environments, they may also form attachments to their caregivers, leading to resistance when it is time to leave the facility.

Is it safe to board a puppy?

It's safe to board puppies that are four months of age or older. Depending on the boarding facility, dog owners may be required to bring proof of age and documentation of all puppy shots. Puppy owners should consult with their veterinarians before boarding to ensure their pets are healthy enough to be placed in a new environment.

Do dogs get sad when boarded?

Yes, it's common for some dogs to become emotional when boarded. They may miss their owners and the overall change of environment, including dietary changes, which can be jarring. However, dogs are adaptable, and quality kennels and boarding centers work hard to ensure that their needs are met through socialization and attention.

What vaccines do dogs need to be boarded?

The vaccines required for dogs to enter boarding facilities or doggy day care centers are upper respiratory or kennel cough, rabies, and canine distemper. Dogs should also be current with all other vaccines and take preventative tablets for fleas and heartworm.

Can dogs get sick from boarding?

Several factors can cause a dog to become ill during boarding. While transmittable viruses that lead to kennel cough are quite common, dogs can also get sick due to the stress of a new environment and dietary changes that lead to stomach upset. Vaccinations help prevent dogs from picking up certain viruses and bacterial infections, so owners need to ensure that all shots are up-to-date before boarding.

How long does kennel cough last after being boarded?

When a dog is exposed to kennel cough, the incubation period is approximately two to 14 days following exposure. Symptoms, such as a mild cough and nasal discharge, can last a few weeks. In most cases, kennel cough is not serious, but pet owners should schedule a veterinarian visit to rule out secondary infections.

How do I start a doggy daycare?

You should have experience with and knowledge of dog care before launching a dog daycare. Your business must comply with all state and local laws. You also need to choose what type of business formation you want. Visit the Small Business Administration website and the site for your Secretary of State’s office for guidelines, tips, advice, and resources.

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