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Starting a Business

Starting a business can be an exciting venture offering many rewards. However, you must be prepared and you must understand the basics. Questions must be answered, such as business feasibility, business strategies, business plan, licenses & permits, regulatory issues, etc. This website will attempt to assist in answering these questions.
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionAssessing the Idea
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      Evaluating An Idea
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      Feasibility Analysis
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      Strengthening The Idea
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        Leveraging University Research
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        Technology Transfer
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        Prototyping Your Idea
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      Protecting an Idea
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      Industry Analysis
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      Competitor Analysis
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionDeveloping a Business Plan
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      Why a Business Plan is Important
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      Preparing a Business Plan
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      Presenting the Business Plan to Investors
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionSetting Up a Business
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      Licenses and Permits
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      Regulatory Laws/Issues
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      Registration of Business Name
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      Selecting a Location
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      Designing a Logo
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      Setting Up a New Office
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      Insurance
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      Small Business Forms
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      Human Resource Regulations
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      Learning Business Basics
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionProduct/Service Development
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      Branding Your Business
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      Packaging and Shipping Your Product
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      Pricing Your Product/Service
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      International Sales & Marketing
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      ISO-9000 Certification
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      Supply Chain Management
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionBuilding a Startup Team
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      Building a Startup Team
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      Board of Directors
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      Board of Advisors
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      Business Consultants
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionLegal and Tax Issues
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      Key Legal Issues for New Firms
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      Forms of Business Ownership
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      Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
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      Taxes
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      The Law and the Internet
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionGetting Financing or Funding
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      Preparing to Raise Startup Funding
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      Bootstrapping
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      Angel Investors
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      Venture Capital
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      Equity Funding
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      Debt Financing
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      Leasing
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      Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR)
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      SBA Loan Programs
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      Exit Strategy
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionFinancial Management
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      Selecting an Accountant
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      Developing a Financial Plan
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      Managing Cash Flow
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      Financial Statements and Forecasts
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionMarketing & Sales
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      Selecting a Target Market
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      Advertising
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      Public Relations
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      Sales Strategies
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      Online Marketing
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      Social Media Marketing
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      Selecting an Appropriate Sales Channel
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionFranchising
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      Franchising Basics
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      Establishing a Franchise System
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      Buying a Franchise
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      Legal Aspects of the Franchise Relationship
  • Click to ExpandClick for DefinitionStarting a Green Business
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      General Information on Green Businesses
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      Grants, Loans & Incentives
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      Environmental Regulations
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      Green Product Development
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      Green Marketing, Advertising & Eco-Labeling
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      Energy Efficiency