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Start Up

Start-up & Home based Businesses
Getting off to a good start is important to the success of any business. This start-up guide is designed to walk you through the key steps and provide you with essential information. Some of this material was taken from the NxLeveL Guide for Business Start-ups. The SBDC offers this 10-week class at locations throughout the state. Check out our training schedule to find a class near you.

Helpful Documents

Online Resources

  • Business Start-up Guide
  • Roadmap To Register & License Your Business in WA
  • Office of Regulatory Assistance’s online business service center

    Office of Regulatory Assistance’s online business service center can help you learn to plan, start, or grow your business in Washington State. This online business service center makes it easier to find information and handle common business tasks with state and local government.

  • SBA Washington State Resource Guide

    Comprehensive booklet containing Washington State Business Resources and Financing information including virtual or in person free loan breifings

  • SBA: Starting and Managing a Business

    An overview for topics pertaining to starting and managing a business. Topics include what it takes to start, outline of a business plan, choosing business structure and other legal issues, financing and taxes. 

  • www.score.org

    SCORE "Counselors to America`s Small Business" is the best source of free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea to start-up to success. The SCORE Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.

  • SBA Homepage Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed
  • www.toolkit.cch.com

    Use the information in the CCH Small Business Guide to answer your business, tax, and legal questions and to get practical tips that will help you work smarter, save money, and stay in compliance with the law. Try out some of the business tools and see how you can get the job done easier and save significant time and dollars in the process. And keep up to date on the latest news and trends that affect small business.

  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Business Plans Index

    This index lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry.

  • AskJim

    Small Business Answers NOW! Ask your own business questions, or read answers to questions from other small business owners. Answers to your business questions are provided by Jim Blasingame, the creator and host of the Small Business Advocate® Show, a weekday talk show dedicated to small business.

  • BizBest

    A new, high-quality, non-commercial information resource for small business and startups

  • Bplans.com

    Bplans.com Over 50 free sample business plans and marketing plans from Palo Alto Software, maker of Business Plan Pro. Free registration required for access to some features.

  • Business Owner's Toolkit

    Start and run a small business without losing your shirt, your sleep, or your sanity!

  • Business Plan Archive

    The Business Plan Archive is an online repository for business plans and related planning documents. Requires free registration.

  • BusinessPlans.org

    Access dozens of actual business plans submitted in an annual business planning competition. Browse the entire list, which is organized under very broad headings.WSJ StartupJournal

  • EntreWorld

    Includes "the best of the best" on the Web about running a small business.

  • FindHow search engine

    focuses on indexing only high-quality How-To's, typically from well-known, recognized brand names or individuals. Many of these sources (often companies, government entities, or educational institutions) - sources that typically focus on providing trustworthy and high-quality information.

  • Free Downloadable Business Forms

    Free Downloadable Business Forms. These documents are free from Office Depot to download and customize for your own professional use.

  • http://www.isquare.com/prologue.cfm

    This extensive and straight-forward guide describes all of the aspects of starting your own business.

  • http://www.startupjournal.com/

    The Wall Street Journal offers this site, showing businesses for sale, franchises, business opportunities and many other articles and resources relevant to small business development.

  • IRS Business Structure

    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. This site covers the tax implications and forms needed for the most common forms of business structures.

  • My Own Business.com

    a nonprofit organization committed to helping you succeed. Our team of business experts have unselfishly contributed their experience and knowledge to help you succeed in business. Their wisdom has been generously offered without any compensation.

  • Mymoney.gov

    From the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission, providing financial education and resources for all Americans, this link has specific resources targeted to Small Business.

  • One of the world's leading sources of new of new business ideas;
  • Small and Home-Based Business Library

    Part of the BizOffice.com web site. Easy to use card catalog provides access to numerous business references for small and home based business owners.

  • State of WA - Plan For and Pay Your Taxes Video
  • TACS

    is a nonprofit support organization that understands nonprofit capacity building needs. Through training, consulting, and resources, we help nonprofits throughout the Pacific Northwest strengthen their capacity to achieve their missions and serve our communities.

  • The National Association for the Self-Employed
  • Washington SBA Lender List
  • Will it Fly

    By emulating and automating expert prep, Willitfly.com's novel technology makes it easier to succeed in new undertakings.

  • Working Solo: Connecting you to the SOHO entrepreneur

    Resources to plan and launch a successful solo business. New letter, business book reviews and small business resources.

  • World's Largest Idea Spotting Network
  • www.morebusiness.com

    MoreBusiness.com (also known as the Business Resource Center), developed by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, provides a wealth of useful articles, business tips, insight, a free Intranet and other material to help small businesses grow - all for FREE on the World Wide Web.

  • www.smallbizu.org

    SmallBizU is for those individuals seeking thought-leadership. Designed specially for entrepreneurs and small businesses, this online university seeks to instill a formal business intelligence--the capacity to solve problems, meet challenges, and create valued products.

  • www.welcomebusiness.com

    America's No. 1 website dedicated to the success of your new venture. Welcome Business USA offers you a wealth of resources - how-to articles, FREE business counseling and special discounts and offers from featured vendors - to assist you with dealing with the various issues you will face in navigating your business towards success.