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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.
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    Thinking About Starting a Business?

    Starting 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.

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    Create Your Business Plan

    A 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.

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    Choose Your Business Structure

    The 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.

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    Choose & Register Your Business

    Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government.

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    Obtain Business Licenses & Permits

    To 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.

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    Learn About Business Law & Regulations

    As 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.

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    Finance Your Business

    Improve 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.

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    Explore Loans, Grants & Funding

    You 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.

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    Filing & Paying Taxes

    Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are.

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    Choose Your Location & Equipment

    These 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.

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    Hire & Retain Employees

    Ready to hire employees for your business? Learn about employment and labor laws to make sure your business is in compliance.