Starting a Business in the North American Borderplex

Not only does the North American Borderplex offer an affordable cost of living and a wealth of cultural and entertainment options, our region is also a great place to start a business. To help you get started, we’ve provided some information to guide you through the process of incorporating a business, as well as information on our partners in the region who can work with you to make sure your business gets off the ground successfully.

Starting a Business in El Paso

The largest U.S. city on the border with Mexico, El Paso can be an ideal place to establish your business. We’re here to help make the process as smooth as possible.

  • City of El Paso One Stop Shop: The City’s One-Stop Shop consolidates the process of land development and permitting assistance into a single location. The One-Stop Shop is the primary intake point for land development, building permitting and most business licensing applications. It is also a primary payment location for all building and over-the-counter construction permits, as well as most other City applications and licenses.
  • Texas Secretary of State: Incorporating a business in Texas is done through the Secretary of State’s office. You can find all the information you’ll need to get started by visiting the office’s website.
  • El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Services offered by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help you establish your business include assistance navigating permitting requirements and regulations, business plan development, and guidance on raising capital.
  • Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce: The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce provides a range of information to help entrepreneurs learn more about the Borderplex and doing business in the region.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration - El Paso: The El Paso branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration provides El Paso entrepreneurs with resources including seminars, networking events, and information on navigating the legal process of starting a business.
  • The Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness: The Hunt Institute is a multidisciplinary research institution that provides data and economic analysis to individuals interested in deepening their knowledge of the region and companies interested in exploring regional business opportunities. 
  • Hub of Human Innovation: The Hub of Human Innovation offers a number of services to help you turn your business idea into reality, include an accelerator program for early stage startups, and assistance in navigating the legal processes to incorporate a business.

Starting a Business in Southern New Mexico

Southern New Mexico’s affordable cost of living and location along the border with Mexico are among the many reasons it can be an ideal place to incorporate your business. 

  • New Mexico Secretary of State: The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Corporations Department handles the incorporation of businesses in New Mexico. Their website provides the information and forms that you’ll need to get started.
  • Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce: The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce provides resources and information to entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in Southern New Mexico.
  • Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Dedicated to the economic prosperity of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s resources for starting a business include assistance navigating taxation and incorporation laws.
  • New Mexico Small Business Development Center - Las Cruces: The NMSBDC Las Cruces branch provides consulting services to aspiring entrepreneurs on topics such as how to manage a business, develop a business plan, and access financial resources.
  • Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA): MVEDA’s mission is to promote economic development in Doña Ana County by attracting new businesses to the region and helping existing businesses expand. They also offer a range of information for entrepreneurs looking to establish a business in the region.

Starting a Business in Cd. Juárez

If your business’s activities will primarily be based in Mexico, you might consider incorporating in Cd. Juárez. We’ve provided some resources to help make things as simple as possible.

  • TechnologyHub: The Cd. Juárez-based TechnologyHub operates a program called Soft Landing. The program offers consulting services, networking opportunities, and office space to businesses looking to establish themselves in Mexico.
  • CANACO Juárez: CANACO Juárez offers consulting services to help early stage businesses manage taxes and government regulations, as well as training on topics ranging from business planning to leadership.