Research and Plan Your Business
Use these tools and resources to help you prepare your business plan and become a successful business owner.
Get Business Assistance and Training
Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan to getting financing, and help expanding and relocating a business.
Choose a Business Location
Get advice about choosing a customer-friendly location and complying with zoning laws.
Finance Your Business
Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.
Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business
Decide whether you are going to form a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation, non-profit or cooperative.
Register a Business Name ("Doing Business As")
Register your business name with your state government.
Get a Tax Identification Number
Learn which tax identification number you'll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.
Register for State and Local Taxes
Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers' compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.
Obtain Business Licenses and Permits
Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.
Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.