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Do teens starting a small after-school business have to have a license or register their business?
We are developing a program for teens in a community center to learn how to set up their own businesses (such as landscaping, pet sitting, jewelry making, etc.). What regulations govern these businesses?
http://www.sba.gov/hotlist/license.html), have contracts with their clients, get insurance, and possibly get bonded (depending on the business). They also have to ensure that an adult is part of the process when it comes to things like forming an entity, signing contracts, and getting loans. I would recommend that as part of your program, you bring in an attorney to speak on these issues. He or she could also better address the specific licensing requirements (if any) of the kinds of businesses the teens want to form.