The city of Grand Prairie is located in Dallas County and is part of the Mid-Cities region in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Grand Prairie is a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Major industries, including defense, aviation and government are thriving in this city.
Grand Prairie is home to many established companies and offers opportunities for its residents:
In 2015, Grand Prairie ranked second on a list of the "Best Places to Start a Career in the USA" by WalletHub.com. It also ranked #30 for the "Job Market Rank" on a list of the “Best Cities for Jobs.”
In 2015, the Texas Department of Public Safety ranked Grand Prairie as the 10th safest city in the state.
The defense and aviation industries have long histories in Grand Prairie. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Vought Aircraft Industries, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. are some of the top employers in the city
With golf courses, a farmers market and other great leisurely activities, Grand Prairie offers numerous amenities for its residents. In addition, Grand Prairie is just 15 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and downtown Dallas, which is why businesses are flocking to the area.
Business Structure and Licensing
One of the major factors that is driving growth in Grand Prairie for businesses, is that Texas does not have a state income tax. This makes Texas a top business friendly locale.
The first step to starting a new business in Grand Prairie is to decide on a legal entity for your company. You should also familiarize yourself with any local tax requirements. Businesses in Grand Prairie are not required to obtain business licenses. However, businesses that will use a building and/or vacant land must obtain a certificate of occupancy from the Building Inspections Division.
For food establishments, a health permit is required. For alcohol sales, an alcohol permit is required. Businesses must also register an Assumed Name / Doing Business As (DBA) with the Dallas County Clerk.
Business Support From the City
The Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce provides active support for business owners and offers many member benefits, including networking and marketing help that can improve the odds of business success.
Women business owners can obtain support from the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program which provides opportunities to women owned businesses that are looking to get involved in the total procurement process for Dallas County.
The following links provide resources to help you get started with your Grand Prairie business:
If you're looking to start a business in Grand Prairie, we can help with your business tax and accounting needs. Call us at 817-704-4050 to discuss your options.