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Resources for Starting a Business

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Starting a Small Business 

Becoming an entrepreneur is not for everyone. See if you are you ready to start your own business by using the Readiness Assessment Guide from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Visit Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) a division of the Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC) for guidelines and information on starting a small business in North Carolina. Here you will find a planning checklist, business plan resources, business forms, and more to help guide you through the processes involved in getting your new business up and running. 

Visit our Calendar of Events to see a schedule of small business classes.

Business Plan Assistance

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) has a collection of business plan and finance templates that can serve as a guide to creating your own. 

The SBA provides information and examples of business plans and what content should be included in one. View its page Create Your Business Plan to learn more.

Additional Resources 

10 Step Guide to Starting a Business - from the Small Business Administration

Census Small Business Builder is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. Determine the best location for a future business or understand the business landscape for a specific location. 

Guidelines provided by the IRS on what decisions may need to be made and steps you will need to take to establish your new business.

My Own Business Inc. is a permanent 501(c)(3) public charity that provides support to small businesses by nurturing entrepreneurship and helping individuals build their own business. Here you will find free online courses on starting or growing a business, as well as additional information to help you and your business succeed.

SBDCNet is the official National Information Clearinghouse of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Find market research reports, sample business plans, industry data, and more.