Small Business Startup Kit

What does it take to get your small business off the ground?

Some Expert advice, for starters! It can be daunting to take a big leap into an entrepreneurial role. We're here to help change that fear into fulfillment. Our experienced Business and Finance experts are available on-demand, ready to answer questions and provide smart solutions in real time on a variety of subjects related to small business startups. Start chatting today and develop a winning strategy for your small business.

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Business Planning
Develop a winning business plan and build your startup from the ground up. Go >>

Credit Counseling
Our Experts will help you reduce your debt and build your credit so your business can grow. Go >>

Marketing and PR
Promote and market your business successfully with help from our Experts. Go >>

Online Marketing
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Financial Planning
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Legal Advice
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Web Development
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Are You An Entrepreneur?

Ask yourself these important questions and find out.

Are you a self-starter? Entrepreneurship starts with drive and vision. If you're prepared to give 110% and don't need to be pushed to do it, you've probably got what it takes.

Are you decisive? Small business owners need to feel confident in their choices - on the fly, under pressure, all the time.

Are you organized? If your time-management skills are excellent and you are highly detail-oriented, you'll do well running your own business.

Do you work well with others? You’ll need to be in constant contact with vendors, clients, employees, colleagues and other professionals on a regular basis.

Are you a risk-taker or risk-averse? In small business, failure is a frequent fact of life. Are you and your family prepared to give it your all and accept the risks and responsibilities?

Small Business Facts

  • A small business is defined as an independent business having fewer than 500 employees.*
  • Small businesses employ just over half of U.S. workers.
  • Small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
  • Seven out of ten new employer firms last at least two years, and about half survive five years.

*U.S. Small Business Administration.