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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
Create a Plan
Create a Plan
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Choose a Legal 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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View Structures
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Select a Location

Finding a great location for your business is a critical step to set your business up for success. Do your research on the area and think about the needs of your customers and employees. You can also save time and money down the line by learning about zoning and building permits in addition to getting smart about how to negotiate a commercial lease.

Criteria for Location Selection
Criteria for Location Selection
Criteria for Location Selection
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Leasing Tips

Already found a great location for your business? It is time to consider tenant improvements, ADA compliance, and leasing terms.

Leasing Tips
Leasing Tips
Leasing Tips
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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
Compliance Information
Compliance Information
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Buy an Existing Business or Franchise

Buying an existing business or franchise is one way 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.

Buy a Business or Franchise
Buy a Business or Franchise
Buy a Business or Franchise
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Licensing and Certification Guide

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

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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
Financing Opportunities
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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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