I'm interested in new businesses in my area. Is there a way to get a list of new (physical) businesses that are created in my area, either as they open shop or ideally, even before? Any gov API that can do this? This is in the U.S.
Yes, there are public resources available to access information on companies created in the US.
For global company data, we've open sourced our 7+ Million Companies dataset which you can download here.