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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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Host a grand opening event to celebrate your first day of operations.

Grand Opening: How to Create the Hype You Need to Make Your First Day a Success

A great deal of work goes into starting a small business, and your first day is a milestone achievement for …

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Small Business Financing 101: Term Loans

Loans are one of the most common sources of capital for small business startups. For your venture, you might consider …

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Write a Business Plan to Finance Your Startup

When you apply for financing for your new business, your lender may ask you to submit a business plan along …

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Cover Your Small Business Construction or Renovation Costs

It can be expensive to start a small business, especially one that requires a high-traffic physical location. Many business owners …

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How to Hire the People Who Will Make Your Small Business a Success

The success of your business depends greatly on the quality of the people you bring on board. How can you …

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A person at a computer is on the phone working with a ROBS advisor to set up a rollover as business startup from his 401(k).

Small Business Financing 101: How to Use Your Retirement Account to Fund Your Small Business Startup

Many small business startups rely on loans for their early capital needs. But if the idea of hefty loans and …

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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. It’s imperative that you spend time assessing your market, studying …

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Tips for Forming a Partnership to Start a Business

The costs of starting a business can be significant. Fortunately, there are many financing options you can consider to alleviate …

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An entrepreneur applies for an SBA loan for her startup venture.

Small Business Financing 101: SBA Loans

SBA loans are one of the most commonly used ways to cover early-phase costs. Named after the Small Business Administration …

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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.

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.