New Business Start Up Resources

The Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development (SRPED) wants to help your business dreams become a reality. Owning and operating a business requires hard work and detailed planning, and SRPED is here to help! Below is information and links to help guide you on your new business journey.

Questions to Ask Yourself

There is no way to eliminate all the risks associated with starting a small business. However, you can improve your chances of success with good planning and preparation.  A good starting place is to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as the owner and manager of a small business. Carefully consider each of the following questions.

New Business Start-Up Checklist

You have decided to start a business. This is both an exciting and demanding time. The checklist at the link below is meant to help new business owners by providing a list of the most common start-up steps. Depending on your particular industry, additional steps may be required for your particular business.

Business Plans

A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals and serves as your firm’s resume. The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement and a cash flow analysis.  It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications and make good business decisions.

Determining Feasibility

Feasibility studies are important to business development. They can allow a business to address where and how it will operate. They can also identify potential obstacles that may impede its operations and recognize the amount of funding it will need to get the business up and running.

Marketing Your Business

When it comes to marketing your business there are some important questions to ask yourself. These questions can help you develop a marketing plan.

Online Resources

For additional online business resourcesvisit the below links.

SRPED is eager to assist you in opening your new business. Please feel free to reach out to the SRPED Executive Director, if you have any questions about getting started on your new adventure! We are excited to show you why Canton & Fulton County are a great place to open your business.