Start Your Business


Research & Planning

Develop a Business Plan
A good business plan guides you through each stage of starting and managing your business. You'll use your business plan as a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. It's a way to think through the key elements of your business. Business plans can help you get funding or bring on new business partners.

SBA Business Plan Templates


Get Assistance from SC Small Business Development Center (SCSBDC)
​Its hard to know where to start. Contact the SCSBDC and learn how to write a business plan and secure startup capital. Gain knowledge of demographics and regulations in your industry. SC Small Business Development Centers offer seminars, resources and free counseling that will jump start your startup.

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Santa Clara University - My Own Business Institute (MOBI)
This is a very sobering and in-depth step-by-step course at what it takes to start a business, and some of the pitfalls to look out for. Topics include characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, financing, cash flow, eCommerce, home based businesses, buying an existing business or franchise, and plenty more.

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Census Business Builder
Are you looking for data to help you start or grow a business or understand the business landscape for a region?
The Census Business Builder is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. Small Business Edition is built primarily for small business owners who need key data for their business plan or to better understand their potential market. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.

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Find A Mentor
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