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Starting a Business

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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