A Step-by-Step, How-To Guide

This guide outlines each step in starting a business with information and resources on the most difficult tasks. It also contains tips for working "With Your Mentor" on each topic.

Section 1 Handouts


Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

Writing a business plan is an opportunity to carefully think through every step of starting your company so you can prepare for success. Read more


Financial Projections Template

Download this financial projections Excel template to calculate your startup expenses, payroll costs, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement and more. Read more


Start-Up Expenses

Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs, and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. Read more


9 Questions Smart Entrepreneurs Answer Before Starting a Business

Starting a business can be exciting, and scary. While no formula for success exists, you can take a few steps to improve the odds of your business survival. Read more


Essential Steps For Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

Transforming your hobby into a profitable business can be accomplished when you do your due diligence and get your legal ducks in a row. Read more


10 Tips to Become a Successful Business Owner

Here are the top 10 tips that can help you succeed as a business owner from Sandy Cleary, owner of SLC Group Holdings. Read more

Section 2 Handouts


Developing a Strategy: The Business Plan

A business plan is more than just words on paper. It’s a way to stay focused on how your business works, and it’s also a calling card when you need financing. Read more

In The News

10 Tips to Starting a Home Business

Tap the experts at SCORE, a nonprofit that offers free business advice. Read more


4 Steps to Brainstorming a Great New Business Idea

If you’re not sure what type of business to start, that doesn’t mean you can’t become an entrepreneur. It just means you need to brainstorm a business idea. Read more