Starting a new business can be exciting and challenging. There is much to be done during the idea and planning phase of opening a new business. This stage of business development is critical to the long term success of the business. It is common knowledge that failure rates for new businesses are high. However, businesses owners that plan properly before opening the business increase their chances of success.
Starting a new business requires extensive planning and preparation which is quite time consuming. To assist in this process, Ohio Small Business Development Centers offer a variety of services to assist new business owners.
Recommended Action Steps to Start a New Business
For those who are planning to start a new business, the SBDC recommends that you follow the SBDC Recommended Action Steps for Starting a New Business. These steps will help you as you determine whether or not you want to start a business as well as consider the feasibility of your chosen business.
- Recommended Action Steps for Starting a New Business
- Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship in Ohio (pdf)
- Guide to Starting a Partnership in Ohio (pdf)
- Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio (pdf)
- Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio (pdf)
- Guide to Registering your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio (pdf)
The first course recommended to those who are considering starting a business is "Starting a Business in Springfield". The SBDC also offers other training programs of interest to those who are starting a business. Live classes as well as online courses are available.
- Starting a Business in Springfield is an instructor-led course
Financing for Start Up Businesses
Obtaining financing to start a business can be challenging. Therefore, it is important to consider the realities of obtaining financing. Information on obtaining financing can be found at the following links:
Writing a Business Plan
Writing a business plan is an important step in starting a new business. The SBDC offers a variety of services to those who are in the process of writing a plan. The following link provides more information and tools for those in the process of writing a business plan:
Frequently Asked Questions
The SBDC provides answers to common questions often asked by those that are starting a new business.