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Apply for an Employer Identification Number 

BizFilings is an online provider of incorporations and other products for small businesses, such as business licenses and Federal Tax ID obtainment. Visit ( or call 800-981-7183. USE PROMO CODE A-1813


Food Code 2013

The Food Code is a model for safeguarding public health and ensuring food is unadulterated and honestly presented when offered to the consumer. It represents FDA's best advice for a uniform system of provisions that address the safety and protection of food offered at retail and in food service.

Dowload Food Code 2013 (PDF: 6MB)

Summary of Changes In the FDA Food Code 2013, the official business link to the U.S. Government, the official business link to the U.S. Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, is a Presidential E-government initiative that provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation's businesses with their operations.

I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

NEW Federal I-9 Form!!!  Starting March 8th 2013
Download Form I-9 (447 KB) Download Employer I-9 Handbook (2.28 MB)
03/08/13. Although employers should beging using the 03/08/13 dated form right away, older forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09 will be accepted until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, only the 03/08/13 will be accepted. The revision date is on the lower left corner of the form.

To calculate how long to keep an employee’s Form I-9, enter the following:

1.  Date the employee began work for pay 1. ________________________
      A.  Add three years to the date on line 1.      A. ______________________
2.  The date employment was terminated 2.  _______________________
     B.  Add one year to the date on line 2.       B.  _____________________
3.  Which date is later; A or B? 3.  _______________________
      C.  Enter the later date.      C. _____________________

The employer must retain Form I-9 until the date on Line C.

The employer is required to retain the page of the form on which the employer and the employee entered data. If copies of documents presented by your employees are made, those too should be kept with Forms I-9.

I-9 Central Home

Federal law requires that every employer* and agricultural recruiter/referrer-for-a-fee hiring, or recruiting/referring for a fee, an individual for employment in the United States complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Form I-9 will help you verify your employee’s identity and employment authorization.

The Forms Catalog provides citizens and businesses with a common access point to federal agency forms.

Tax Information For Businesses

Frequently Used Forms

Tax Forms

Small Business Forms and Publications


U.S. Department of Labor

Compliance Assistance Website

Clear and easy-to-access information on how to comply with federal employment laws.

U.S. Department of Labor Employment Standards for New Business.pdf

The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated its online labor-law advisor to reflect the most recent changes to federal teen labor rules. The changes that took effect last month are now part of DOL’s interactive, online Child Labor Rules Advisor. The advisor is designed to answer frequent questions from employers, employees, parents and others about federal restrictions on teen labor.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster

Every employer of employees subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage provisions must post, and keep posted, a notice explaining the Act in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments so as to permit employees to readily read it. The content of the notice is prescribed by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. An approved copy of the minimum wage poster is made available for informational purposes or for employers to use as posters.

It is available two sizes, in both color and black and white.  The large version prints two landscape-mode pages which you can tape together.  The small version prints a single portrait-mode page. A printer with at least 1 MB of memory is recommended.

Ordering Posters:


Welcome to the FirstStep Poster Advisor

This Advisor is designed to help employers comply with the poster requirements of several laws administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These laws require employers to display official DOL posters where employees can readily observe them. DOL provides the posters at no cost to employers.

The Poster Advisor only provides information about Federal DOL poster requirements. You may want to contact your State Department of Labor to obtain information about your state's requirements.

The FirstStep Poster Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under federal employment laws. To view the entire list of elaws Advisors please visit the elaws website.

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Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster

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ENERGY STAR For Hospitality

ENERGY STAR For Hospitality

Partnering with ENERGY STAR is a commitment to the financial value of your corporation as well as to the environment. Make Strong Energy Performance Your Competitive Advantage.

  • Reducing energy use by 10 percent across the hospitality industry would save $285 million.

  • Strategic energy management can reduce costs and increase guest satisfaction.

Commercial Food Service Equipment Incentive Finder

This tool provides commercial food service (CFS) equipment manufacturers, dealers, distributors, and purchasers with information about rebates for ENERGY STAR qualified CFS equipment available from utilities and other energy-efficiency program sponsors.

Click HERE to Search by equipment type to find all available rebates. Add a zip code to narrow your search to those rebates for which you may be eligible. In general, incentive eligibility is determined by zip code. Contact the incentive sponsor for details.  Here is an example of a Rebate schedule I downloaded for my zip code (30303)

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency North Carolina Solar Center DSIRE

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

USDA Unveils New Food Hub Resource Guide to Expand Market Opportunities for Farmers and Ranchers

CHICAGO, April 20, 2012 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the first Regional Food Hub Resource Guide, bolstering its commitment to expand market opportunities for small and mid-sized producers. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan introduced the new resource guide today at the National Good Food Network Food Hub Collaboration conference.

"The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide is an important tool to help promote local and regional efforts to support small and medium sized producers," said Merrigan. "Food hubs play a critical role in developing stronger supply chains and addressing the infrastructure challenges while supporting food access, regional economic development and job creation."

Food hubs are businesses or organizations that connect producers with buyers by offering a suite of production, distribution, and marketing services. It's an innovative business model that allows farmers of all sizes to meet the growing consumer demand for fresh, local food by gaining entry into commercial and larger volume markets such as grocery stores, hospitals and schools.

The guide is an extensive collection of information and resources, providing background on everything needed to develop or participate in a regional food hub. The guide highlights the economic contributions food hubs make to local communities and the role they play in expanding regional food systems. It also outlines funding opportunities, support resources, best practices, strategies to address challenges and more. In 2011, USDA identified more than 170 food hubs operating around the country.

The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide.PDF

The impetus for this guide and the work it reflects originated with the establishment of USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” (KYF2) Initiative. Launched in 2009, the mission of KYF2 is to strengthen the critical connection between farmers and consumers and support local and regional food systems. As such, it is closely aligned with the broader mission of USDA to support agriculture, rural development, and healthy nutrition.

Working List of Food Hubs (Updated 04.16.12).PDF

Pre-Opening Checklist- FREE!!

A comprehensive checklist that that covers many aspects of the pre-opening process. 

(Available In Pdf Format.)

Smallwares Requirements - FREE!!

A complete list of supplies needed to open a 100 seat restaurant.  If your restaurant has 75 seats, multiply the quantity listed by .75.  If your restaurant has 175 seats, multiply quantity listed by 1.75. (Available In Pdf and Excel Formats.)


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