Write a Business Plan
Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.
Step 1 →
Get Business Assistance and Training
Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.
Step 2 →
Choose a Business Location
Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.
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Finance Your Business
Find government backed loans, venture capital and resesarch grants to help you get started.
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Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business
Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.
Step 5 →
Register a Business Name ("Doing Business As")
Register your business name with your state government.
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Get a Tax Identification Number
Learn which tax identification number you'll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.
Step 7 →
Register for State and Local Taxes
Register with your state to obtain a tax identification, unemployment and disability insurance.
Step 8 →
Obtain Business Licenses and Permits
Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.
Step 9 →
Understand Employer Responsibilities
SBA: "8 Steps to Hiring your First Employee"
Step 10 →