Small Business Toolbox
Starting and Running a Business
Choosing a Banker for
Your Business and What a Banker Wants to Know about Your Business
article of helpful tips for those interested in starting their own
business or starting a new banking relationship.
Here are four things to keep in mind while starting this
BBB Small Business Advice
BBB offers advice
here for small business owners to improve management skills, market
their companies better and make ends meet in a tough economy.
Better Business Bureau, BBBTipsTM on Creating a Business
The Better Business Bureau offers
BBBTipsTM about Creating a Business Plan. Writing an
effective business plan will increase the likelihood of getting a loan.
It will help you focus the many creative thoughts in your mind, and it
will prevent you from wasting time with strategies that aren't
productive to growing a business.
Find the Licenses and Permits You Need
Whether a customer is starting a business
from home or looking to move into a home office, it’s important for them
to remember that their business is still subject to license and permit
laws. To help business owners navigate the process, SBA.gov offers a
useful tool called
Money Smart for
Money Smart for Small Business is a new instructor-led training
curriculum developed jointly by FDIC and SBA. The 10 modules in this
curriculum provide introductory training for new and aspiring
entrepreneurs on the basics to organizing and managing a business. In
addition to grounding participants in the basics, the curriculum serves
as a foundation for more advanced training and technical assistance.
U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of
the federal government working to help Americans start, build and grow
businesses. Small business is critical to our economic recovery and
strength, building America's future, and helping the United States
compete in today's global marketplace. The SBA, through an extensive
network of field offices and partnerships with public and private
organizations delivers its services to people throughout the United
States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
Georgia Secretary of State
Before you start any kind of business, find out whether you will be
required to obtain any special government licenses or permits. In most
cases, you must obtain a particular license before commencing operation.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s
First Stop Business Guide will help you determine what you’ll need.
Internal Revenue Service
As a new business owner you need to
know your federal tax responsibilities. This page provides links to
federal tax information for people who are starting a business. It
also provides information to assist in making basic business decisions.
Georgia Department of Economic Development
here for the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s page about
starting a business.
FDIC Small Business Lending Resources
The FDIC recognizes that small businesses feed the nation's economic
growth, and their ability to generate new jobs depends on access to
Small business owners with questions for the FDIC about the availability
of credit in their area will find good information
Georgia Department of Labor
here for an easy-to-read resource covering important legal topics
employers will want to know from the Georgia Department of Labor