Starting a New Business

Step 1:  Research and Plan Your Business - A business plan is the blueprint you will follow to develop your idea into a successful business venture. A business plan allows you to think through your business concept and determine if it is really a good opportunity.

Step 2:  Get Business Assistance and Training

Step 3: Choose a Business Location - Decide on a location for your business.  Will you work out of your home or will you need to purchase or lease a facility?  What type of space will you need?  (i.e. lab space, office space, warehouse, retail). What is the best location?

Step 4: Finance Your Business - Federal, state and local governments offer a wide range of financing programs to  help small business start and grow their operations. These programs include low-interest loans, venture capital, and scientific and economic development grants.
SBA Loan Program

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business - When beginning a business, you must decide what form of business entity to establish. 

Step 6: Choose and Register a Business Name (DBA)

Step 7: Get Tax ID Numbers

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Step 10: Employer Responsibilities - There are several legal steps you need to take to hire employees.