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Starting a Business
The process of starting a business involves complying with a number of laws and regulations - from writing a business plan to setting up a location. Here you will find guidance to help you successfully and legally start and run your business.
Start Up Basics
From writing a business plan to filing necessary legal paperwork, the following resources help entrepreneurs get started on the right foot.
- 10 Steps to Starting a Business
Learn about the basics steps to take in order to legally start your business.
- Write a Business Plan
Guides, courses and tools to help you write a winning business plan, including sample business plans.
- Find a Business Location
Learn about state and local zoning laws, leasing restrictions, and advice for finding the best business location.
- Training and Assistance from the Experts
Free online tools and resources and in-person services near you.
Do you want to start a business at home? Do you want to start an online business? Are you working on a new high growth startup? Every type of business has unique starting and operating requirements and these guides help you understand them.
- Home Based Businesses
Learn more about starting a home-based business and managing it within the law.
- Self-Employed or Independent Contractors
Start up, financing, and legal information for self-employed and businesses without employees.
- Online Businesses
Steps to plan and start a business on the web.
- Franchise Businesses
How to start and buy a franchise business.
- Green Businesses
Environmental regulations and benefits for "going green."
- Import and Export Businesses
Laws and regulations around starting an import or export business.
- Non-Profit Organization
Government services to help non-profits find opportunities and finance their business.
- Startups and High Growth Businesses
Resources to help entrepreneurs start, run, and expand a startup or high growth business.
Visit the Industries Guide for information on specific types of establishments, from retail stores and restaurants establishments to agriculture and manufacturing operations.
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