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Course Content

 Lesson 1: Starting Your Business

  • Entrepreneurship - Is It For Me?
  • Do You Have the Right Skills/Personality to Become an Entrepreneur?
  • Analyzing the Feasibility of Your Business Idea
  • Initial Cash Requirement for the New Business
  • Calculating the Break-Even Point

Lesson 2: What Form of Organization to Use

  • Your Business Structure
  • Four Types of Business Organizations
  • Quick Reference Guide to Legal Business Formations

Lesson 3: Writing a Business Plan

  • What Is a Business Plan
  • Why Is A Business Plan Essential
  • Structure of a Business Plan

Lesson 4: Developing a Marketing Plan

  • The Marketing Process
  • The Marketing Concept
  • The Marketing Plan
  • Sample Market Analysis

Lesson 5: Financial Plan Statements

  • The Financial Statements
  • Financial Statement Definitions
  • Common Financial Term Definitions

Lesson 6: How and Where to Get Capital To Start

  • Obtaining the Financing You Need
  • The Realities of Grants
  • How to Obtain Your Free Credit Report
  • Sources of Financing
  • What Information Does the Lender Need to Know

Lesson 7: Professionals For Your Team

  • Outside People Resources
  • Internal People Resources
  • The Accountant, Attorney, Banker, Insurance Agent, and SBDC

Lesson 8: Government Regulations

  • Coping With Regulations and Paperwork
  • Permits and Licenses
  • Chautauqua County Certificate of Business Name
  • NYS Sales Tax Authority
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Employer Responsibilities

Lesson 9: Essentials of Good Record Keeping

  • Record Keeping
  • Determine Your Record Keeping Needs
  • Sales Tax Returns
  • Self-Employment Tax

Lesson 10: SBDC Services

  • Helping Your Business Grow
  • Small Business Websites
Partnership Program with the SBA, administered by the State University of New York. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.