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  Business Start-up Resources

We have assembled this page as a resource for you in planning for the start-up of your business. We have not created, contributed to, maintained, nor verified the accuracy or usefulness of these "resources," other than the articles we've authored. We simply provide links to them as a potential starting point for your own research. By using them, you agree that we are not responsible for their accuracy nor for the results of your use of these resources. The terms of our Web site disclaimer also apply to these links.


Read our Applied Entrepreneurship Blog: Business Startup Series Index

In our current series, we are working our way through the steps of a typical business startup. 

Opportunity Assessment Checklist (sample checklist to compare multiple potential business opportunities)

Create a Life Plan and Life Dashboard This is part 1 of a seminar I created on Determining and Evaluating Business Strategy for the July, 2009 FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ Program



Applied Entrepreneurship Blog - Business Startup Series Index (Index to eight articles on initial startup steps.)

Entrepreneurial Self-Evaluation; Deciding if You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur


Planning Business Strategy Before Start-up is Key


Business Start-up Checklist (Part One)

All I Want for Christmas is The Perfect Business Start-up Checklist


Things to Consider When Planning to Start a New Business

The Startup Lifecycle Through the Founders Eyes (Very nice parable for new entrepreneurs and some good lessons from the founders of CashtoStart)

Six types of start-ups Not written for the entrepreneur, but a very nice outline of the basic types of start-ups.


Devil in the Details; Licenses, Permits & Regulations (Start-up Checklist Part Two)


Using Confidentiality Agreements to Protect Your Business


Deciding if You Should Buy a Business


High Points in the Process of Buying Part or All of an Existing Business


Franchising Facts; Making the Decision to Open a Franchise


Outlining Your Business Plan


The Self Defense Business Plan


Software Helps Polish Writing of Business Plan


Putting Your Business Team Together


Raising Money to Start a Small Business


Hiring Your First Employees


Picking a Name for Your Business - Helpful Articles, Strategies, and Links. Domain Registration Links Business Start-up Page



Don't Forget These Resources

Don't overlook the articles, resources (especially regarding business plan templates, tools, and competitive analysis resources) available here Planning Your New Business.


Links to External Resources

Glossary: Startup and Venture Capital terms you should know


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

SCORE - Louisville Chapter

The SBA has a series of excellent publications for business startups. Simply navigate to the Web site, plug in your zip code, and you can access a detailed publication for your state. The home page for the site is:
5 Steps to Registering Your Business  - SBA


When beginning a business, you must decide what form of business entity to establish. Your form of business determines which income tax return form you have to file. The most common forms of business are the sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and S corporation. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a relatively new business structure allowed by state statute.  Legal and tax considerations enter into selecting a business structure.

Small Business Readiness Assessment Tool Are you ready to start a business? This SBA assessment tool is designed to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business. It will prompt you with questions and assist you in evaluating skills, characteristics and experience – as they relate to your preparedness for starting a business.


Choose a Structure- SBA Web site

Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. The choice you make can have an impact on multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, liability, ownership succession, and others. 

The pros and cons of different types of ownership, including sole proprietorship, partnering, corporations, and limited liability companies.

Brief descriptions of common business ownership structures.

Some structures are only available in some states.

If one of your employees causes an accident, can an injured person sue you and take your house, car, or savings account? Are you paying more taxes than you should on your business income? These are important questions that many small business owners ignore, yet the answers depend on the business' legal structure.

Business Structures - IRS Web site


JumpUp "The Place to Start and Grow Your Business - hosted by Intuit. Nice collection of articles and links on starting and operating a business.® Nice collection of articles arranged by topic. Here's one "Developing a Business Plan."
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