Starting a business

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Starting your own business can be exciting and challenging. These resources can help you plan, prepare and launch your new endeavor.
Keep in mind:
Write a detailed business plan. Business plans typically map out the course of the business for 3-5 years.
Set up your professional support system. Find an accountant who specializes in your type and size of business; you may also need to engage the services of an attorney.
Handle the administrative details. Your business will need an employer identification number. You'll also need to register your business name and decide on the legal structure of your business.

Small business online community

Learn about a community where you can get the industry knowledge you need to help your business grow.

Health savings accounts

Read about a cost-effective way to offer healthcare benefits to your employees.

Neighborhood vendors: How hyper-local businesses stay in business today

Local merchants can leverage their position in the neighborhood to gain a decided edge

Back-to-basics cash flow

Managing cash flow effectively can help you avoid surprises.

Figuring out how much to ask for when applying for a business loan

Factors to take into account when calculating the ideal business loan amount.
Interactive guide

How to raise capital

Learn about capital lending and narrow down your options so you can find the right lenders for your business.
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