Envisioning, Establishing, Executing and Expanding Your Small Business

Welcome! This page provides resources for small business owners -- from the fledgling entrepreneur needing startup advice to the busy CEO hungry for growth strategies.

Below, we chart the evolution of a small business in four stages: envisioning, establishing, executing and expanding. For each stage, we provide specific, helpful tips from federal, state and local agencies.

We hope you will find these resources useful as you navigate your way to small business success. Happy entrepreneuring! 


ENVISIONING YOUR BUSINESS
So you want to start your own business? Whether it’s baking gourmet cupcakes or selling widgets to the military, do some soul-searching and planning before taking another step:

Do You Have What it Takes?


ESTABLISHING YOUR BUSINESS
OK, so you were born to be an entrepreneur. What's more, you even have a bona-fide business plan. Here's how to embark on your new venture:

Seek Out Mentors, Training

Choose a Business Structure

Obtain Financing

Pick a Location

Forms and Paperwork


EXECUTING YOUR BUSINESS
The shingle is hung. The customers are lining up. You're in business! So ... now what? Here's some help for the day-to-day running of your company:

General Management Issues

Taxes

Employees

Legal

Technology


EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS
Things are humming along, and you're ready to take your business to the next level. Kick it up a notch with these helpful links about growing your business:

General Growth Strategies

Government Procurement

Marketing


MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES 

Veterans, Minority and Women Business Owners

Disabled Business Owners

Membership Associations

Publications