10 Steps to Start Your Business

Not all businesses require you to complete each step, but this list will help you get started!


Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities.  Not all businesses require you to complete every step, but it will get you on your way to establishing a solid foundation.


Step 1:      Conduct market research 

Step 2:      Write your business plan

Step 3:      Fund your business

Step 4:      Pick your business location (or, go online)

Step 5:      Choose a business structure

Step 6:      Choose a business name

Step 7:      Register your business

Step 8:      Get federal and state tax IDs

Step 9:      Apply for licenses and permits

Step 10:    Open a Business Bank Account


SBA Small Business Resource Guide

Georgia 2019

SBA Resource Guide Georgia 2019


This guide, prepared by the SBA provides useful information for small business owners.  

  • Business tips
  • Stories about successful entrepreneurs
  • Programs for Veterans 
  • Information about financing
  • SBA Contracting programs
  • Women-Owned Small Business Certification
  • Tips for Finding Government Contracting Opportunities

Register with SAM!

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. If you want to get work with the government, you must register your business in SAM.

Using and registering with SAM is free. If any organization tries to charge you for using this government website, be aware.

There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to:

- Register to do business with the U.S. government
- Update or renew your entity registration
- Check status of an entity registration
- Search for entity registration and exclusion records

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