Business Planning and Formation Resources


Starting a Business

Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Congratulations! It’s a huge step, and you’ll need to be prepared. That’s where SBA comes in: Learn the aspects of starting a business, plus get the answers and information you need to startup.

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Thinking About Starting a Business

This guide helps you learn if you are ready to start your own business, understand market conditions and offers a 10 step plan for getting started.

Find a Mentor or Counselor

As you get started, take advantage of free training and counseling from experienced business owners who’ve already walked in your shoes. Learn about government-sponsored mentorship programs and resources.

How to Write a Business Plan

Get tips on how to organize your thoughts and develop a business plan that puts you on the road to success.

Establishing a Business

What type of business should you set-up and how should you structure it? Read about various business types, how to incorporate your business, purchase an existing business, and more.

Prepare Your Business Finances

How much does it cost to start a business? At what level of revenue will your business break even? Do you need a loan? This guide can help you build a picture of your business financing needs.

Explore Loans, Grants & Funding

This guide explores options for financing your small business. From loans to venture capital investments, find out what’s available and how to tap into these sources.

Understand Business Law & Regulations

A variety of laws and regulations govern how you manage employees, conduct business, and ensure a healthy workplace. But the law can also protect your small business interests in areas such as intellectual property. This guide explains what you can do to comply and use the law to your advantage.

How to Market Your New Business

Get tips on how to build your marketing budget and develop a plan to grow your business.

Local Resources That Can Help

Looking for small business counseling and training close to home? SBA can help! SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs and resource partners across the country.


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