Often it is the simplest of ideas that can take entrepreneurs off on a ground-breaking adventure. Yet before the idea can take off business leaders must make important investments and commitments of time and money. Starting a business involves thinking, planning, making financial decisions, and meeting legal and regulatory requirements. Use our recommendations to guide you along the process.
Key steps for starting your business:
Are you ready?
- Take this self-assessment from the Small Business Administration
Get local assistance & training:
- NJSBDC New Jersey Small Business Development Center : free, comprehensive start-up and management counseling & affordable training. Call 856 225-6221
- Southern NJ Score: free counseling and mentoring
- UCEDC: Helps by making loans, training and mentoring business owners, helping businesses obtain government contracts, and providing accurate and relevant business information.
Write a business plan:
- Business Plans Handbook: Browse through hundreds of templates & samples from our online eBook library.
- Small Business Resource Center: A complete e-resource library of expert know-how on all major areas of starting & running a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes.
Register your business:
Choose a business location:
- Burlington County Dept. of Economic Development & Regional Planning
- New Jersey Site Selection Assistance
Learn about financing options:
- Burlington County Small Business Loan Program
- New Jersey Business Financing & Incentives
- SBA Financing Resources
Keep it legal
- New Jersey Licenses & Permits
- SBA’s Business Law (US government compliance)
- US Employment Law (US Department of Labor)
- Free patent, trademark, counseling for NJ businesses
- SBA’s Patent, Trademark, and Copyright
- New Jersey Business Action Center: “One-stop” shop for information about starting and running a business in New Jersey. Goal is to help attract, retain and grow businesses in New Jersey.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a government agency committed to providing support services to small businesses across the nation.