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If you’re a small business owner or if you’re thinking of starting a small business, it’s a great idea to explore the free resources available to you at www.sba.gov. The U.S. Small Business Administration website offers a myriad of information on starting and managing a business, financing, government contracting, marketing, local assistance, and more.
It takes a lot of time and hard work to start a new business. The SBA recommends 10 steps to help you plan, prepare, and launch your business. This includes steps like writing a business plan, getting business assistance and training, choosing a location, financing your business, determining legal structure, registering a business name, registering for state and local taxes, obtaining licenses and permits, understanding employer responsibilities, and finding local assistance. For information on all of these steps and more, click here.
Once your business is established, it’s important to manage it well for the greatest chance at succeeding. At SBA.gov, you’ll find tips on everything from handling sales to human resources. You’ll also be provided with guidance on growing your business, industry laws and regulations, small business health care, and cyber security.
SBA.gov even offers a Learning Center with 61 free tutorials on financing, government contracting, managing a business, marketing, and starting a business. Text based versions of the tutorials are also available. Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding, but it also takes a lot of planning and hard work. Get started on the right foot, and take a look at the resources available to you through SBA.gov!
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