Business Matters

Starting your own business involves careful planning, research, financial decisions, legal paperwork, and more. Find the resources you need on our small business page. Get help from local organizations for your new or growing business.

Frequently Asked Questions |
Use our checklist to get started.

Small Business Seminars
Sign up for one of our free classes offered in the Spring & Fall.

business people Business Start-Up Guide
Use our handy guide to help you with the necessary steps.
business palns Business Plans
A business plan is an essential component of any new business. You'll find information about plans as well as sample plans and templates here. Also check out organizations that offer writing assistance.
Handshakes Business Support
Get business startup and development assistance through local organizations such as the Florida Small Business Development Center, S.C.O.R.E., and more. Locate local Chambers and municipalities, network with local professionals and find business and trade associations.
Business Funding Funding
Check out these sites for venture capital sources, loans, grants, personal finance, and more.
Business Legal Legal Requirements
Where do I get a business license? What about taxes? Employees? Insurance? What is required by local, state, and federal governments? Find the answers to these questions here.
Market Research Market Research
An important component of any new business is market research. Find your customers, locate your competitors. Here you'll find data for population, the economy, industries, labor force, housing, and more.
Meetings Operating Your Business
General office and tax forms, insurance, and suppliers.
Laptop Resources Resources
Business books, electronic databases, Websites, and popular business magazines and newspapers.