Thinking of starting a business in 2015? The SBA has advice for you.

The SBA has a terrific resources for people who are starting businesses. This recent article describes many of them.

10 Steps to Starting a Business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more.

Step 1: Write a Business Plan

Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.

Step 3: Choose a Business Location

Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.

Step 4: Finance Your Business

Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

Step 6: Register a Business Name ("Doing Business As")

Register your business name with your state government.

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number

Learn which tax identification number you'll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers' compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.

Step 10: Understand Employer Responsibilities

Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.

Startup Resources

There are a number of available programs to assist startups, micro businesses, and underserved or disadvantaged groups. The following resources provide information to help specialized audiences start their own businesses.

You can save money when starting or expanding your business by using government surplus. From commercial real estate and cars, to furniture, computers and office equipment, find what you need for your business in one place.

Jumpstart Your Woman-Owned Veteran Small Business with the SBA Administrator: Join the Live Google Hangout-On-Air

In honor and celebration of Veterans Day, join U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet as she engages women veteran entrepreneurs during a live Google Hangout-On-Air on November 11 at21pm CT. The Hangout can be viewed on SBA’s Google+ page and YouTube channel. You can RSVP and submit your questions before or during the Hangout or by using the hashtag #VetsHangout.

Since being appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the agency that advocates and champions our nation’s 28 million small businesses, Administrator Contreras-Sweet has made it a priority to meet with small business owners all over the country, to hear about their experiences, challenges, and opportunities in person and digitally. So join the Hangout and learn how you can use the SBA to boost your small business straight from SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.

Who: Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator,  Carmen Nazario, Owner of Elyon International, Sheila Jaczlics, Owner of Pathfinder Systems
 

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2:00 PM Central

RSVP and Submit Your Questions:
https://plus.google.com/events/cp7d7jvcdb95bphlvdjcc3qs5sc

Where: Watch the Hangout live on the SBA’s Google+ page and YouTube channel.

Hashtag: #VetsHangout

Stephen Morris, SBA

 

Have a Tough Business Question: Ask the SBA Administrator

Want to learn how the SBA can help you start and grow your business? Ask the SBA Administrator.

Join a Live Online Event with Google Small Business Community

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will be answering your questions live during a Hangout on Air in the Google Small Business Community. Join us to find out on Wednesday, August 27 at 3:30 PM Central Time

> Click to RSVP & Submit Your Questions