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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

Creating a business plan is one of the first steps you should take as a prospective business owner. It will help you to craft your game plan, hone your product, understand your customer base and guide your decision-making to set up your business for success.

Create a Plan
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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.

Financing Opportunities
Financing Opportunities
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Building Permits and Inspections

If you're planning on making any changes or renovations to your space, you'll probably need to get a building permit. Building permits are required for building, structural, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing projects, and help to ensure that your space is safe for your team and your customers. Learn more about each step, from application to review to inspection.

Compliance Information
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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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Licensing and Certification Guide

Guide Search for permits, licenses, and certifications you may need to operate your business.

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Business Resources

Take advantage of the many resources to support your business. Receive hands-on guidance on business planning, taxes, marketing, and much more.

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