Ten Steps for Starting a Business

Start with a Business Plan

Opening a business may require a 3-5 year plan. Planning ahead allows you to make the proper preparations for the coming years ahead.

Business Structure

What kind of business are you planning on opening? Find out the different types of businesses and the benefits of opening each kind.

Register Your Business

The first step to officially beginning a business is choosing a name and registering with state agencies.

License Your Business

Research which Federal, State Permits and Business Licenses required to legally start your own business.

Business Law

These are the laws and regulations that apply to corporations. Discover what requirements and regulations apply to your Business.

Your Business Finances

Managing your finances from the start will save you a lot of growing pains as you get bigger.

Loans, Grants, and Funding

You have a variety of options when it comes to loans, grants, and funding. Be sure to explore all of your options before making a choice.

Business Taxes

Do you need to pay taxes? Your business may be required to obtain a Tax ID and pay taxes.

Location, Location, Location

What is the best location for you to set up your business? Be aware of zoning laws and leasing space.


Employment and labor laws are where you should start when you first start to hire your employees. Be sure to read up and comply.