Business Capital Guide

Get Organized

Gather your financial documents and be ready to share your financial picture with trained counselors who can confirm your financial readiness.

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Do Your Research

Learn all you can about your industry, market, customers, and competitors.

Consider:

  • How is your model different from what is currently available?
  • Who and where are your customers?
  • How will you market your business?
  • Why would your customers choose you over your competitors?
  • What can you charge for your product/service?
  • What types of certifications, licenses, and/or permits will you need?

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Create a Budget

Consider:

  • What expenses will you have to establish your business? Consider materials, leases, marketing, employees, permits and construction, insurance, shipping/storage
  • How much capital will you need to start your business?
  • What are the regulatory requirements associated with your business?
  • What are your tax obligations?
  • What funding do you have available?
  • What are your operating expenses?
  • How much can you charge for your product or service?
  • How much time will it take to establish and grow your business?
  • What is the lag time between a contract with your client and service delivery?
  • What are you willing to offer to raise capital?

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Develop a Business Plan

Create a business plan and review it with a trained business counselor.

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