STARTING A BUSINESS

 

Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Explore the topics below to learn the aspects of starting a business, plus find information you need to succeed.

 
How to Start a BusinessStarting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. The resources in this section will help you learn about what it takes to start a business.

Write Your Business PlanA business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

Choose Your Business StructureThe business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.

Choose & Register Your BusinessChoosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government.

Choose Your Business Location & EquipmentThese resources can help ensure your small business is compliant with leasing terms and zoning ordinances. It also provides information about buying or leasing equipment or buying government surplus.

Business Licenses & PermitsTo run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand the requirements for your small business

Learn About Business LawsAs a small business owner, you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that apply to large corporations. These resources can help you understand which requirements do apply to your business.

Business FinancialsImprove your odds of business success by understanding your financing needs as well as the options that are available to help you start, manage and grow your business.

Finance Your BusinessYou have a variety of options when it comes to financing your small business. Explore your opportunities that range from traditional loans to grants and bonds.

Filing & Paying TaxesFind out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are.

Hire & Retain EmployeesReady to hire employees for your business? Learn about employment and labor laws to make sure your business is in compliance.