Getting Started

How to Prepare for Success



10 steps to start your business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. The Small Business Administration has developed a guide with the 10 basic steps to strarting a business. Download the brochure below!

IRS Checklist for Business Startup

The checklist below provides the basic steps you should follow to start a business.

This list should not be construed as all-inclusive.


Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business.

Information about specific industries can be found at the Industries/Professions Web page.

Each state has additional requirements for starting and operating a business. For information regarding state-level requirements for starting a business, please refer to your state’s website.

Refer also to the Small Business Administration’s 10 Steps to start your business.

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