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What’s standing between you and the start of your new business? Zillions of tasks, including registering your business in your state, deciding on an operating structure, and finding the right location. In your Owner Actions portal, you’ll find a step-by-step guide that’s tailored to your business and articles and resources that will simplify the startup process.

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Small Business Financing 101: Small Business Grants

Too many people tell small business owners that they can't attain grants. But the truth is that there are quite …

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Lease or Buy a Site: How to Make the Right Call for Your Small Business

Location is a factor you can’t afford to get wrong. As a new owner, you must spend time assessing your …

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A legal balance for startup attorneys

Every Startup Needs an Attorney. Here's Why.

An attorney can be an invaluable member of your team, especially as you work through the startup stage of your …

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A person sitting at a desk with a computer, notepad, and calculator works through some key business ratios.

The Ratios You Need to Measure Your Business’s Success

How do you know when your business is succeeding? You might look at the number of sales you make. Or, …

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What You Need to Know to File Your Business’s Patent and Trademark Documents

If you’ve developed a unique product or a design, you should take steps to protect it. Filing for a patent …

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Small Business Financing 101: Venture Capital

When you’re looking into financing options for your small business, you may wonder whether venture capital should be part of …

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Small Business Basics: Permits and Licenses

Do you need permits or licenses to run your business? You might, depending on your line of work, location, and …

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How to Create a Product Prototype

Producing a product? It’s a great idea to start with a prototype. This will help you experience it and understand …

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The Pitch: Keys to Winning Over Investors and Others

Most small businesses rely on outside sources of funding, especially when they’re starting up or ramping up to expand their …

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Find your great idea.

Businesses are built on ideas. Those that stand the test of time evolve from a clear concept to a developed plan with clear, purposeful objectives. 

Do you know what you're going to offer? Have you thought about how you'll bring your idea to market? What about defining who you want to serve? Those points, and more, are essential for your success.  Let us help you work through them.

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Organize your business.

Have you given thought to whether you should set up a sole proprietorship, a limited liability corporation, a C-corp, or an S-corp? Each has advantages—and disadvantages—that you should consider carefully before making your selection. 

Worried about making the wrong choice? We can help you through your assessment. Check out our guide to choosing a business structure and gain the confidence you need to press forward.

Attain Financing.

Startup costs can be high, but self-funding your dream isn't your only option. In fact, there are many ways to raise the capital you need to secure a site, buy equipment, purchase inventory, and hire the employees you need for Day 1 of operations. 

Interested in learning more? Our Go-to Guide to Raising Capital for Your Startup has you covered.