Start Up Guides

See below for a comprehensive list of downloadable start up guides. All of our information should be a well-rounded starting point for your small business. Contact the Lead Center if you have any questions or need more information.

Start Up Guides:
Business Start Up Checklist
Guide to Starting a Business
E-Commerce Guide: How to Sell Online
The TriStart Matrix (e-book written by Billings Regional Director Dena Johnson)

Business 101:
Business Licensing
Legal Structures
5 C's of Lending
Hiring Employees
Market Research
Franchising

The Business Plan:
Writing a Business Plan
Business Plan Template
Business 101 Powerpoint

Other:
Personal Financial Statement Document
Small Business Disaster Preparedness Checklist
Search Engine Optimization 101 Powerpoint


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