Write a Business Plan
See the Introduction tab for information and resources on writing a business plan.
Get Business Assistance & Training
Take advantage of free counseling and education services. Check with local SCORE chapters, public libraries and chambers of commerce for learning opportunities.
Choose a Business Location
Market and industry analysis and zoning requirements are just 2 things to consider when choosing a business location.
Finance Your Business
Loans, venture capital and other funding sources should be considered.
Determine the Legal Structure for Your Business
Sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative: which is the best for your business.
Register the Business Name - "Doing Business As (DBA)"
Register the business name with state government agencies.
Obtain a tax identification number from the IRS.
Register for State and Local Taxes
Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers' compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.
Obtain Business Licenses and Permits
Determine from your local and state government whice licenses and permits are needed to run the business.
Understand Legal Requirements
Determine legal steps and requirements in hiring employees.
Find Local Assistance
Talk to the local SBA office about other resources or information needed for your business.