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Checklist for Starting a Business

The checklist below provides the basic steps you should follow to start a business. This list should not be construed as all-inclusive. Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business.

Information about specific industries can be found at the Industries/Professions Web page.

Each state has additional requirements for starting and operating a business. For information regarding state-level requirements for starting a business, please refer to your state's Web site.

Refer also to the Small Business Administration's Steps to Starting a Business.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 04-Mar-2014