There are several services available to assist new entrepreneurs in starting a business and all are available at no cost. The following are the usual steps taken in starting a business with the SBDC’s help.



  1. 1. Contact the 1st Stop Business Connection for information on licensing and permits
  2.              Web:
      •                              OR
                     Call: 1-800-248-4040
  3. 2. Attend Basis of a Successful Start Class, or go through our Online training modules
  4.     Assessment of client readiness, both personal and financial
  5. 3. Begin 1-on-1 consulting relationship with SBDC Certified Business Advisor
  6.     Development of business plan
  7.     Identification of funding sources
  8.     Proposal presentation to potential funding sources
  9.     Funding secured
  10. 4. Getting the doors open

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