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Small Business: Starting a Business
“Start me up!” ~ Rolling Stones
SBA Startup Planner
The Small Business Administration's startup section addresses some of the most common startup issues.
Starting a Business
Entrepreneur Magazine's startup page has links to dozens of articles on issues you need to consider.
Starting Your Biz
IdeaCafe's startup section is packed with ideas and a step-by-step guide to getting going.
SBA Selecting a Legal Structure
This Small Business Administration publication covers the basic considerations of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
Our Reference Resources: Intellectual Property section
can help you with copyright, trademark, and patent issues.
Checklists & Forms
Business Owner's Startup Checklist
Download a high-level checklist of things to consider when starting a new business. (RTF format)
Business Owner's Business Selection Checklist
Download a checklist to help you choose the business that's right for you. (RTF format)
Checklist for Starting a Business
PowerHomeBiz.com presents this checklist to consider when changing from an employee to a small business owner.
Our Small Business Resources: Sample Documents section
includes more sources of forms to help you analyze opportunities and estimate startup expenses.
Business Name & Tag Line Generator
Use Marcia Yudkin's guide to generate ideas for business names, tag lines, and slogans for your business.
Business Plan Guides
SBA Business Plan Page
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
Planware's guide to writing a business plan includes links to more planning materials, including software tools.
Sample Business Plans
Browse extensive business plan samples, software tools, marketing plans, and other startup information.
Business Owner's Sample Business Plans
Download sample business plan templates to help you write your own plan. (RTF format)
One-Page Business Plan Template
This form provides a quick planning tool and checklist to help get your business started in the right direction. (PDF format)