Plan a Business
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Licensing and Certification Guide

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

Business Resources

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


There's even more information about planning a business in our frequently asked questions.