Starting and Managing a Business

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If you are thinking of starting a small business, or already own a small business, several free counseling and training programs are available to help you get started and expand your operations.

Services cover all aspects of starting and running a business, from getting loans and financing to start or expand to developing business plans and marketing strategies.

On the Web

If you are just getting started, your first stop online should be the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Planner. This guide provides information developing business plans, and steps to take to start, manage and sell or close a business.

For specific information about starting and managing a business in your state and local area, visit our State and Local Business Guide.

SBA offers numerous online tools and resources to help new and aspiring business owners succeed:

Local In-Person Services

The following programs provide local in-person counseling and training services for small business owners. Services cover all aspects of starting and running a business, from getting loans and financing to start or expand to developing business plans and marketing strategies.

2 Responses to "Starting and Managing a Business"

Brianna Smith Says :
10 November 2008 09.41

I'm going to keep this post in mind since I plan on running my own business soon. I can use all the help and advice I can let. Lately I've been thinking about buying a business instead of starting one from scratch. I haven't decided entirely yet, because I'm not sure what type... a franchise? Something home-based? I don't know. Anyway, do you, or anyone else, have any suggestions or advice? Thanks!

K. Manalo Says :
11 November 2008 09.05

Brianna - Whichever type of business you choose to buy, don't forget your due diligence. It also helps to find out what is even available in your area in the first place. There's this site called BizTrader.com, which is this online marketplace where you can buy or sell a business. Or you can invest in a business or find a lender. I also suggest local small business groups. They should be able to help you. Good luck!

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