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Research compiled by Liza Potter, Bowen Park and Meredith Russell

In keeping with my walk-a-mile-in-your-shoes philosophy, I called my state government officials to find out which office regulates business opportunities. Unfortunately, obtaining information wasn't easy.

If you encounter the same run around, don't give up. To get more information on a business opportunity, contact the relevant office in the state where it's registered (These 25 states require business opportunity registration).

Alabama
Attorney General's Office
Consumer Affairs
(334) 242-7320

California
Department of Corporations
(415) 557-3787

Connecticut
Banking Securities & Business Department Investment Division
(860) 240-8230

Florida
Consumer Services Division
(850) 922-2770

Georgia
Consumer Affairs Office
(404) 656-3790

Illinois
Secretary of State
Corporate Information
(217) 782-7880

Indiana
Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Division
(317) 232-6330

Iowa
Securities Bureau
Regulated Industries Unit
(515) 281-4441

Kentucky
Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Division
(502) 696-5389

Louisiana
Secretary of State
Commercial Division
(225) 922-0425

Maine
Business Regulations Department
Corporations, Elections & Commissions Bureau
(207) 287-3676

Maryland
Securities Division
Franchise & Business Opportunities Unit
(410) 576-6360

Michigan
Consumer Protection Division
Antitrust & Franchise Section
(517) 373-7117

Minnesota
Commerce Department
Registration Division
(651) 296-6328

Nebraska
Banking & Finance Department
(402) 471-3445

New Hampshire
Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Bureau
(603) 271-3641

North Carolina
Secretary of State
Securities Division
(919) 733-3924

Ohio
Secretary of State
(614) 466-3910

Oklahoma
Securities Department
(405) 280-7700

South Carolina
Secretary of State
(803) 734-1728 or (803) 734-1951

South Dakota
Commerce & Regulation Department
Consumer Protection Division for opportunities less than $250
(605) 773-4400
Securities Division for opportunities more than $250
(605) 773-4013

Texas
Secretary of State
(512) 463-5555

Utah
Commerce Department
Consumer Protection Division
(801) 530-6601

Virginia
Clerk of the State Corporation Commission
(804) 371-9733

Washington
Financial Institutions Department
Securities Division
(360) 902-8760

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