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How to Start 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.
  • Is Entrepreneurship For You?

    What characteristics do you need to be an entrepreneur? What does it take to start and succeed in business?

  • 20 Questions Before Starting

    Starting a business can be the most important decision you make in your life. Ask yourself these 20 questions to begin your preparation and planning.

  • 10 Steps to Starting a Business

    These 10 steps can help you plan, prepare and launch your business.

  • Understand Your Market

    To run a successful business, you need to learn about your customers, your competitors and the economic conditions in your industry.

  • Business Data & Statistics

    Get access to data and statistics on your competitors, industry and target customer groups.

  • Business Types

    One of the first decisions you will make is the type of business you will open. Before making your decision, explore the opportunities that are available like a home-based or online business.

  • Find a Mentor or Counselor

    When starting a business, advice from SBA partner organizations such as SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers can help you avoid common pitfalls.