Navigating the Start Your Business Checklist

One of the new features of the Alexandria SBDC website is the Startup Checklist.  We developed this checklist because entrepreneurs are sometimes confused as to what steps are necessary to open a business, or do not know where to start. For all small businesses, we recommend that you review the elements of the checklist. Deciding… Read more »

The post Navigating the Start Your Business Checklist appeared first on Alexandria Small Business Development Center.

One of the new features of the Alexandria SBDC website is the Startup Checklist.  We developed this checklist because entrepreneurs are sometimes confused as to what steps are necessary to open a business, or do not know where to start. For all small businesses, we recommend that you review the elements of the checklist.

Deciding on a Business Structure, Obtaining an EIN (Employer Identification Number), Registering an LLC or Corporation with the State, and Obtaining your Local Business License are the legal steps necessary before you open your business.  The checklist also links to topics such as taxes, business planning and insurance.

Home-based businesses, such as many consultants, will find that the Alexandria Business License process is quite simple, with a few restrictions on what business activities can be done from home.  Those opening brick-and-mortar businesses will have some additional steps involving building permits, certificates of occupancy, and signage regulations. All are outlined in the checklist, and additional information is available in the Resource Library part of the website and from the SBDC, as well as City of Alexandria Permit Center staff.

Please note that this checklist should be considered a set of guidelines, and not a substitute for the professionals that some businesses will need to hire to start and run their businesses successfully.  If you are considering a Corporation or similar business structure we encourage you to work with an attorney familiar with small business issues.  Spending funds at the beginning to get your structure set up correctly may save you time, money and headaches in the long-run, particularly in multi-owner situations.

Likewise, you may wish to have your lease reviewed before you sign it, and have an accountant or bookkeeper assist you in setting up your accounting systems.  The Alexandria SBDC can provide you with referrals to local professionals familiar with small business issues.

The post Navigating the Start Your Business Checklist appeared first on Alexandria Small Business Development Center.

An Introduction to the Interactive Resource Library

One of the most important features of our new website is the ability to pass information along to our clients and to give businesses easy access to resources and tools. In order to accomplish this, we developed our Interactive Resource Library. The Library is a collection of documents, ranging from checklists to sample forms to… Read more »

The post An Introduction to the Interactive Resource Library appeared first on Alexandria Small Business Development Center.

One of the most important features of our new website is the ability to pass information along to our clients and to give businesses easy access to resources and tools. In order to accomplish this, we developed our Interactive Resource Library.

The Library is a collection of documents, ranging from checklists to sample forms to helpful tips. All of these documents can be filtered in a variety of ways. To begin, you can choose to see all of the resources in the library by selecting the View All button.

View All_Resource Library

You can also choose to filter documents by Stage of Business, Industry, or Area of Need. This allows each user to quickly find the documents that are specifically relevant to his or her unique business needs. To filter, use the categories located along the left side of the Interactive Resource Library.

Filtering_Resource Library

Once you select criteria, the documents related to that Stage of Business, Industry, or Area of Need will be displayed. Filtering resources for Government Contracting, for example, would yield the following results:

Government Contracting_Resource Library

You can always go back to the beginning by clicking on the “View All” button.

We hope you will find the Interactive Resource Library helpful and informative. We will continue to add relevant resources, so check back frequently to discover new information and documents.

 

The post An Introduction to the Interactive Resource Library appeared first on Alexandria Small Business Development Center.