At the outset, I suggest that you speak with an attorney to determine more specifically what you need to do because it depends on a number of factors. But, I’ll give you a brief run-down.
First, you’ll need to register your company and do all the paperwork that comes along with that to get started. You can register under the laws of any state it doesn’t necessarily have to be New York, but you have to register. This is when you will incorporate if you choose to — you don’t have to, your company could be a partnership or sole proprietorship, it’s up to you. You will also need a license to import and depending on the nature of the materials, you may need more than one license.
As far as a resource to help someone like you, I would suggest you try LawTrades. Our attorneys have experience helping business owners register and incorporate their companies as well as apply for and obtain licenses. Visit ourto see how we can help you with yours.