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With SCORE, you have lots of support. Browse these tools and find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Your SCORE mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.

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Starting a New Business

Starting a New Business

Business Planning

Six Feasibility Questions to Consider

A set of questions to consider to determine if your new idea has merit and feasible.

SBA Business Plan Prep Checklist

A checklist for every stage of business planning to determine if you're ready to move ahead, if you have proper information to write a plan

Business Plan - Startup

Template to develop a business plan

How to start a business in NC - SBTDC

Full workbook resource on starting a business from idea to launch

Business model canvas templates

Templates used in local Introduction to Business Models class

Business Model options and Roadmaps

Helps decide which is best for you - Business Model Canvas or detailed Business Plan

Financing and Fundraising

SBA Six-step Guide to Getting a Business Loan

Tips and advice from the SBA on what it takes to put in a successful application for an SBA-approved business loan

Central NC Kiva Program

Overview of funding program from Kiva (microfinance) and Central Carolina CDFI

Accounting and Recordkeeping

Recordkeeping tools (receipts and disbursements)

Arnold Dunn spreadsheets to track and record expenses and revene for a startup

Financial Projections Spreadsheet

This Microsoft Excel Workbook is designed to help a potential entrepreneur project operating profit, develop a projected income statement, balance sheet and cash flow forecast.

Business Structure

LLC and other business structures

Comparison chart for LLC vs S-corp vs others

Legal structure comparisons

Explains advantages and disadvantages of each legal structure for a business

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