Local State Support

Local State Support

Germany is a federation consisting of 16 states (Länder). Each of the 16 federal states has its own legislation and administration. Whereas economic legislation is mainly enacted at the federal government level, the states manage and supervise the local administrative authorities.

Therefore there are many state-level institutions that  provide helpful support for business operations in Germany. These range from state investment promotion agencies and startup centers to  online administration guides and services which are specialized in the relevant state.

Picture shows Points of Single Contact; Source: BMWi Source: Picture shows Points of Single Contact; Source: BMWi In addition, service businesses from EU Member States seeking for support with the German administrative procedures may address the local Points of Single Contact. These state run one-stop-shops guides them through the necessary paper work and offer background information on the provision of services in Germany. Please select one of the following states to find your local point of single contact.

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Guide to Authorities and Forms

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This guide of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provides company founders with valuable information about the paperwork necessary to start a business in Germany (German Only).