Starting a Business on St. Maarten
All businesses operating in St. Maarten must be registered in the Commercial Register of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Citizenship: There are key differences in the procedure to start a business for Antillean-born and Non-Antillean born citizens
When starting a business in St. Maarten there are a few things you need to know to pertain to citizenship. There are some key differences in the process of opening a business when you are an Antillean-born citizen and when you are a Non-Antillean born citizen.
Antillean Born Citizen = you were born on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius islands.
* Aruban born prior to Aruba’s independence (Jan 1st 1986).
Everyone else is considered an Non-Antillean Born citizen, even if you were born in The Netherlands, for instance.
Sole Proprietorship (Eenmanszaak)
A Sole Proprietorship (Eenmanszaak) is a form of business in which there is no distinction between the business assets and personal assets. The owner is personally liable for all obligations of the business. Read More
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