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Small Business: Starting a Business

“Start me up!” ~ Rolling Stones

Startup Issues

Startup Help
SBA Startup Planner Info
The Small Business Administration's startup section addresses some of the most common startup issues.

Starting a Business Info
Entrepreneur Magazine's startup page has links to dozens of articles on issues you need to consider.

Starting Your Biz Info
IdeaCafe's startup section is packed with ideas and a step-by-step guide to getting going.

Business Structures
SBA Selecting a Legal Structure Info
This Small Business Administration publication covers the basic considerations of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.

Intellectual Property
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Our Reference Resources: Intellectual Property section can help you with copyright, trademark, and patent issues.

Startup Tools

Checklists & Forms
Business Owner's Startup Checklist Forms
Download a high-level checklist of things to consider when starting a new business. (RTF format)

Business Owner's Business Selection Checklist Forms
Download a checklist to help you choose the business that's right for you. (RTF format)

Checklist for Starting a Business Article presents this checklist to consider when changing from an employee to a small business owner.

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Our Small Business Resources: Sample Documents section includes more sources of forms to help you analyze opportunities and estimate startup expenses.

Name Generator
Business Name & Tag Line Generator Tutorial
Use Marcia Yudkin's guide to generate ideas for business names, tag lines, and slogans for your business.

Business Plans

Business Plan Guides
SBA Business Plan Page Tutorial
The Small Business Administration's Business Plan section includes a template of the basic elements of a plan and more information on each of these sections.

Writing a Business Plan Tutorial
Planware's guide to writing a business plan includes links to more planning materials, including software tools.

Sample Business Plans
Bplans.Com Info
Browse extensive business plan samples, software tools, marketing plans, and other startup information.

Business Owner's Sample Business Plans Forms
Download sample business plan templates to help you write your own plan. (RTF format)

One-Page Business Plan Template Forms
This form provides a quick planning tool and checklist to help get your business started in the right direction. (PDF format)

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