Black Hills State University

Thinking of Starting a Business

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants’ opinions, products or services.   SD CEO operates  under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-11-W-0038 Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Brittni Skipper at (605) 642-6435 or email Brittni.Skipper@BHSU.edu.

Startup Guide

This small business guide is intended to serve as a roadmap for starting a business. It is both comprehensive and easy to use. It also includes electronic links for additional information. Use this powerful interactive tool with other supporting resources to help you start a successful business.

Is Entrepreneurship for You?

20 Questions before starting


10 Steps to Starting a Business

Step 1: Write a business plan

Step 2: Get business assistance and training

Step 3: Choose a business location

Step 4: Finance your business

Step 5: Determine the legal structure of your business

Step 6:Register a business name ("Doing business as")

Step 7: Get a tax identification #

Step 8: Register for state and local taxes

Step 9: Obtain business licenses and permits

Step 10: Understand employer responsibilities