10 Steps to Starting a Business
Starting a business involves making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. This guide provides information to help you plan, prepare, and manage your business.
Step 1: Research and Plan Your Business
Use these tools and resources to help you prepare your business plan and become a successful business owner.
Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training
Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan to getting financing, and help expanding and relocating a business.
Step 3: Choose a Business Location
Get advice about choosing a customer-friendly location and complying with zoning laws.
Step 4: Finance Your Business
Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.
Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business
Decide whether you are going to form a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation, non-profit or cooperative.
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