Business Resources to Help You Start a Business Now

We can safety speak for not only the 50 states but also virtually every municipality and other jurisdiction in the U.S.--they will welcome you and your business with open arms because they need your expertise and entrepreneurship, your ability to generate economic activity, your present or future need for employees and what you will add to tax collections.

Listed here are links to the 50 states web pages to their business sections. Here you will find considerable resources about how to start a business in your state. Further, many states offer solid information on succeeding in business.

The 50 States--Value Links to State Websites

Start a Business in Your State

Every state has its own rules for setting up a business. If you wish to find out more about what the state you live in requires to start a business, click on the right state below for more information.

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Small Business Centers

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance. There are now 63 Lead Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) -- one in every state (Texas has four, California has six), the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- with a network of more than 900 service locations. In each state there is a lead organization which sponsors the SBDC and manages the program. The lead organization coordinates program services offered to small businesses through a network of subcenters and satellite locations in each state. Subcenters are located at colleges, universities, community colleges, vocational schools, chambers of commerce and economic development corporations.