Plan a Business
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Plan a Business

You’ve come up with a great idea and want to turn it into a great business. What’s next? Learn more about what it will take to get your business up and running.

Create a Business Plan


Effective business plans help clarify and organize your business priorities. Writing a business plan will help you determine your roadmap to profitability.

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Choose a Business Structure


The legal structure you choose should suit the type of services or products you will provide. Consider your options to find the best fit for your business.

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Choose a Location


Do your research to find a great location for your business. Consider factors like demographics, lease terms, and whether your business is allowed by zoning and building regulations before you sign on the dotted line.

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Finance Your Business


Whether you're looking for startup capital or considering a loan to finance the expansion of your business, a variety of opportunities are available through various lenders and programs.

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Building Permits and ADA Compliance


You've found a great building for your business, and now you want to make it your own. Find out if you need a building permit and if there are any accessibility upgrades necessary to become ADA compliant.

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Buy an Existing Business


Buying an existing business is one option to start your new venture. You can benefit from an operation that has an established customer base and is already generating cash flow and profits, but there are a few items you'll want to consider to make sure it's the right deal for you.

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Hire Employees


Hiring the right people is one of the most important things you can do for your business. Be sure to take advantage of local resources to help you on your way, while also making sure that you know your responsibilities as an employer.

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Business Resources


Take advantage of the many local resources to support your business, from BusinessSource Centers, to Chambers of Commerce and non-profit organizations.

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